Attaining Career Growth In The Face Of Change

Attaining Career Growth In The Face Of Change

Long gone are the days where career progression was a linear process. Globalization and the use of technology has redefined roles, eliminated certain jobs and even created new roles in an organization. Career path has become more complex and is constantly changing.

So how do you move up the ladder in an ever changing workplace?

Learning is the only way to stay afloat in such a situation. It is the only means to becoming successful and reaching your full potential. A dedicated pursuit of learning, applying new concepts and adapting to situations is the key to career success.

In order to keep up with the fast changes and increasing expectations leaning should be your top priority.  Given below are some ways by which learning will facilitate your professional development.

Learning Is Personal

You need to understand yourself first and identify your passions and goals. Your expectations and aim in life will be the guiding factor in pursuit of knowledge.

An underlying sense of purpose is an important element of learning. This will provide your career a sense of direction and meaning.

Learning Is A Part Of Building Relationships

Once we discover our purpose it opens up a number of opportunities in the outside world. Human beings are social creatures and we long to stay connected in a society. Our aims and interests will bring us closer to other people who share the same purpose.

Building relationships with people will greatly enrich your personal life and help you career wise. Staying connected to people depends on your willingness to learn about individuals and help them reach their goals.

Learning Is Practical

We have seen how you can start the learning process. First by identifying and setting your goals and then finding people who share the same ideals and values. Now comes the practical side of learning.

Practical learning can be easily misguided and misunderstood without a general sense of purpose. This is why it is important to understand your career direction. People often waste time and resources on learning things that are not relevant or useful to them in the long run.

With a clear sense of direction you can easily adopt habits that are relevant to your career progression. Relevant information and knowledge can be anything from the latest trends, economic conditions, government policies and other factors that might invariably affect your career or business.

Know your industry first. Listen to podcasts, read books and attend events that pertain to your industry. Try to stay on top of the game.

Learning Is Mastery

Once you understand your purpose, connect with people and have habits that help you stay relevant, the next step is achieving mastery in your field.

To reach your true potential and gain mastery in your field you must adopt more comprehensive forms of learning to develop your skills and improve your knowledge.

Making Right Choices To Create Lasting Habits

Making Right Choices To Create Lasting Habits

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All of us have big goals and dreams that we want to achieve. It can be anything from losing weight to being more sociable. But most of the time we have a starting trouble. We often wait for a new day or try to create a plan and keep procrastinating. We suddenly realize that achieving the goal requires a lot of effort, time and steps.

This starting trouble can easily be conquered.

Importance Of Small Choices

Often time we focus on planning and analyzing our goals instead of doing something that will bring us closer to our goals. There is a need to feel motivated and inspired when embarking on a new journey but this is a misconception.

 The decisions that we make daily will ultimately define us as a person. These choices will have a huge impact on our life. When you choose to plan instead of taking action, it is a choice that will take you further away from your goal.

 When we decide to become better we tend to set drastic goals. Big drastic goals make us focus only on the big changes. Such goals require multiple changes in our life and we tend to focus only on the final results. When we fail to see the results we envisioned, despite the effort and time we put in, we get demotivated.

This is why small changes and decisions are important. Focusing on small tasks will push you in the right direction. Implementing small changes and following it regularly will ultimately help you to achieve your goal.  

Stop Planning And Start Doing

When we make a plan we usually plan weeks ahead or even months. Break up your plan into smaller bits and focus on the present tasks at hand. Focus on doing one particular thing on the list.

Whether is choosing to eat right or hit the gym, focus your attention on completing the present goal. Small achievable tasks make you feel like a winner each time you complete them. The longer you maintain the streak, the greater the joy.

Making The Right Decisions Daily

Remember that any major change takes time and dedication. This approach will help you get started instead of being stuck in the planning phase.

This approach makes every choice you make poignant. Even the most meaningless choice will accumulate over time and have a huge impact.

If you want to get up early, focus on getting up early just once. Want to go to the gym? Focus on doing it once. Go for a jog? Try it once.

Focus on completing a task and keep repeating it. Finally, you will be amazed at how far you have come. We cannot change the past but the present is with us. Making the better decision will eventually make us a better person.  

Better Sleep Quality = Better Performance

Better Sleep Quality = Better Performance

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An average person spends about one third of his or her life sleeping. Each one of us goes into this power down mode of hibernation every night. But we never quite understand the importance or the purpose of sleeping.

Purpose of Sleep

Sleeping is extremely beneficial for both the body and the mind.

Sleep has a restorative function. From our daily tasks, our brains tend to gather metabolic waste which in the long run can lead to serious illness. This waste is usually flushed out of our system while we sleep.

When we are sleeping, our brain cells shrink up to sixty percent which makes the entire process easier and faster.

Sleeping is extremely important for memory consolidation. During sleep, our brain helps in maintaining and strengthening long term memories. Insufficient or inadequate sleep will hamper with this process. We might lose our ability to create concrete or emotional memories.

Sleeping is crucial for our overall metabolic health. Smaller hours of sleep can change even the metabolism of our bodies. Inadequate sleep can lead to the body converting energy from proteins and carbohydrates and taking lesser and lesser energy from the fat present in the body.  Erratic sleeping habits can also increase the chances of becoming diabetic or developing a heart disease.

Problems Caused By Inadequate Sleep

In a recent study, it was found that people who slept for eight hours had perfect attention, cognitive process and motor skill. While people who got lesser hours of sleep were slowly declining in the way they performed.

It can be ascertained that sleep debt is a cumulative issue, that is, sleep debt has a neurological cost that accumulates over time. People, who constantly sleep less to work more, tend to fall asleep randomly throughout the late. If you had only had six hours of sleep every night for two weeks your mental calibre and physical strength declines to the same level as someone who has not slept for forty eight hours.

Our overall performance will decline drastically and most of the time we do not realise this. We believe we are working harder and putting more time into completing the task while in reality we are working with a mind that is half asleep.

Solution

Sleep is an important and necessary ingredient needed for living a healthy life. Proper food, meditation, exercise are ways by which you can rejuvenate your body but none of these methods will ever replace sleep.

Adults need around seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to give out their best performance.

Therefore, make sure that you always get the needed sleep. Working overtime or staying up late is not going to improve your performance but a good night’s sleep will.

Selecting the Right Candidate – Do College Degrees Matter?

Selecting the Right Candidate – Do College Degrees Matter?

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We are often asked to go to school and to focus on our studies. With a degree we can get a job and only then can we prosper in life. This age-old wisdom has rung throughout the years, but how much merit does it have now? Does success at college or university guarantee a great edge in the workforce after graduation? Should you consider the college degree when selecting a candidate?

Here are 4 reasons why a college degree should not matter when selecting a candidate-

The degree is a requirement for the competitive workforce; the topic is trivial.

It used to be relevant and unique for someone to have a degree, and now it just stands as a requirement in the workforce. While your job will most likely require a degree, it probably will not matter what field it is in. According to current research, 62% of recent college grads are working in jobs that require a degree, yet only 27% of college grads are working in a job that even relates to their major.

The real world does not care about your degree as much as your work ethic and character.

Their experience, be it on the job or off the job, is what should be noticed.

Candidates with interesting internships, candidates who have been involved in student organizations and volunteer should be noticed. The involvement shows what they are passionate about. These lines on their resume are so much more powerful than their major because they tell us that the candidate is motivated, passionate, and dedicated.

Think soft skills, not major topics.

The candidate should be capable to learn quickly, fit into the workplace environment, and be responsive to the task at hand. For these reasons, 93% of employers believe that critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills are more valuable than a job candidate’s undergraduate field of study. Furthermore, 95% of employers are looking for candidates whose abilities translate into innovation, as many of the jobs being filled today come with challenges that are more complicated than in the past.

Are they aligned with their purpose?

Purpose gives you unique energy. If they have major in a field they are interested in, they will give it the energy, attention, and passion that convert into success.

It has been proven that a happy brain is engaged, motivated, and productive. In other words, our happiness drives our success.

We have all observed the genius intern with the perfect resume who couldn’t make it to the office on time. The one who spoke six languages but teamwork was not one of them. The intern from the never-heard-of-it college who hustled harder than anyone else on the team and flew up the ladder with a blink.

Hence, a degree does not necessarily mean the candidate will be good. Likewise not having a degree does not mean the candidate will not be good.

Are You “Mediocre’? Well, Congratulations!!

Are You “Mediocre’? Well, Congratulations!!

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It is an accepted part of our society today to believe that we are all destined to do something truly extraordinary. Celebrities say it. Business tycoons say it. Spiritual leaders say it. Everyone says it.

Each one of us can be extraordinary. We all deserve greatness.

Every one of us has our own strengths and weaknesses. But the fact is most of us are rather average at most of the things we do. Moreover, if you are truly exceptional at one thing, say math, football, or sleeping for 10 hours straight, chances are that you are pretty average or below average at most of the other things. That’s simply the nature of life. To become exceptional at something, you have to devote time and energy to it. And because we only have limited time and energy, any of us rarely become truly exceptional at more than one thing.

We can then say that it is a complete statistical impossibility that any single person can be an extraordinary performer in all areas of their life or even many areas of their life.

Brilliant businessmen are often bad in their personal lives. Extraordinary athletes are often average at studying.

Most celebrities are probably just as clueless about life as the people who follow their every move.

But contrary to common belief, there are many advantages to being, and even feeling, average. If you want to avoid most physical and psychological illnesses, being average is one of your best options; pathology is usually associated with statistical infrequency.

Even desirable characteristics-ambition, sociability, confidence, and conscientiousness, are a problem when intensified or taken to the extreme.

Ambition turns into selfishness; sociability into exhibitionistic attention-seeking; confidence into arrogance; and conscientiousness into obsessive-compulsive behaviour.

The feeling of being average will translate into high self-awareness, which is far better than the alternative – overconfident delusion.

To be clear, the world’s development depends on those who stand out by their excellent and innovative contributions, but these individuals are part of the top one percent in their field, combining truly original levels of talent, work ethic, and focus. For the remaining ninety nine percent of us, the acceptance that our talents and motivation are much more general and unlikely to result in world-changing accomplishments, would reflect a healthier, more rational self-concept than illusions of grandiosity or fantasized talent, except when such delusions may help you persuade others that you are great.

Modesty inspires confidence and goodwill. You can be modest without being sorry. Your audience will like and appreciate you for suggesting your limitations, as long as you show you are determined to do your best.

We are all, for the most part, pretty average people. It’s the extremes that get all of the publicity. We all kind of intuitively know this, but we rarely think or talk about it. The majority of us will never be truly exceptional at anything.

And that’s Okay.

The Entrepreneur Mindset

The Entrepreneur Mindset

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An entrepreneur is a problem seeker, solver, and innovator. The way towards entrepreneurship and an entrepreneurial mindset can be sought after by anyone. For those who are interested in attaining entrepreneurial success for themselves, here are some of the traits an entrepreneur’s mind should have:

Creativity

The main asset of an entrepreneur is the ability to see things differently. Whether it is with new products or new processes, entrepreneurs are driven by the ability to see problems in the marketplace and come up with innovations to fill them. Though it’s not the only essential quality to success, creativity may be the fundamental skill.

Optimism

There is a time place for constructive criticism, but successful entrepreneurs look at every problem they face with the confidence that a solution can and will be found.

Suspicion of predictors

Entrepreneurs often tend not to labour under the assumption that data is the sole predictor of an outcome. Especially in a new market and with new products where data is largely interpretive or assumed, entrepreneurs are unaffected by the typical predictors that may scare away fainter hearts.

These entrepreneurs realize that creating something new always has a risk, and no one can know the outcome with any amount of certainty.

Comfort with uncertainty

Similarly, a distrust of prediction and analysis creates an atmosphere with uncertainty.  Uncertainty is indeed the very essence of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are comfortable existing in that space between raw ideas and successful products, and they tend to live in the ground of experimentation, revision, and testing.

Openness to experimentation

A comfort with experimentation goes beyond scientific trial and error. The ability to experiment with new products, processes, and outcomes, no matter where the results may lead, is the essential element of this quality. Most people are comfortable when testing new products or systems with a range of possible outcomes. When the results fall accurately within the range, we can go on to the next step.

Functional humility

Egos can destroy the very best ideas. Entrepreneurs who are committed to solving a business problem or reinventing a product display a functional humility. They understand that their egos are only useful in moving the idea forward, not producing outcomes to make results conform to a preconceived notion. The very best entrepreneurs may constantly generate and promote their ideas, but they think and act collaboratively and are solutions-focused.

So can everyone have an entrepreneurial mind? Maybe not. But with time and practice, we can begin to think more like entrepreneurs and achieve an entrepreneurial mindset. We can start to make small shifts in old, reflexive thinking that stops us from exploring new ideas or taking the leap required and launching our own business. Entrepreneurial thinking may be less of a destination and more of a journey as we push our boundaries and explore exactly what we are capable of.