Before you envy coworkers who seem to climb the corporate ladder effortlessly and get a promotion with no ounce of sweat at all, pay attention to their habits and the kinds of activities they practice.
A promotion does not come to a person just because of luck. If you deconstruct their approach, you would notice that the way they perceive their worth, act on things, interact with others have patterns that can be replicated.
Ancient philosopher Plat once said, “Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent. In fact, we achieve excellence by acting rightly.”
Find inspiration in these wise words to learn from observing the things people who advance fast in their careers do in a certain way, so you can consistently use this knowledge in your career. You will find yourself reaching your dreams sooner than you think.
They have a profound understanding of their value
People who get promotions all the time recognize their own value, according to Vanessa McDonald, creator of The Brave Journal. “It starts with our own assessment of self-worth,” she says.
How secure are you about your skills, about your contributions? Are you highly aware of your strengths as well as the areas you need improvement on? Having a deep understanding of what you can bring to the table is the first step to being the kind of person who secures one promotion after another.
They don’t wait, they ask
One thing that sets achievers from dreams is the simple act of asking, said the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. McDonald agrees by saying that those who tend to get promoted are the ones who reach out to ask for it rather than those who discount themselves.
Professionals who ascend the corporate ladder at lightning speed do not wait for their higher-ups to offer them possibilities of career advancement. They are proactive about their career development. They are not afraid to constantly spark discussions about new challenges and possibly the next steps they’d be taking on.
They are problem-solvers
McDonald says: “[People who get promoted] make the job of their manager/director easy. They make themselves indispensable to the team or organization, but not as silent sufferers — as the ones who are bringing solutions and making their boss look good. More often than not, they are operating in the role that they want rather than the one that they have,”
Always think in advance, think two steps ahead. Once you find yourself bringing more solutions than problems, you will watch yourself become a magnet for more career opportunities.
They usually reflect on what they want
According to McDonald, it is not clear for a lot of professionals what it is they really want. “It’s not about the title or compensation. But make sure you know how you want to spend your days, the kind of work you would ideally like to be doing, and how you want to spend your time,” she says.
She recommends regular self check-ins or self-reflection to make sure you are deliberate about the right next steps for you. “Taking time to do this review on a yearly or even mid-year basis can be the difference between those who make their career happen and those who have a job and circumstances that happen to them,” McDonald states.
They are compassionate and easy to get along with
If you think people who get ahead fast are merciless opportunists who throw their colleagues under the bus? You might think again: That stereotype can only get you so far.
McDonald mentions that people who often get promotions tend to be the same people who are well-liked in the company. Someone who we would want to work with and keep around us. It’s a subtle quality that is often discounted. “Despite the general perception, you will find that the nicest people do rise to the top, they have the quality of being easy to get along with and enjoyable to work with, which is how they learn about opportunities to grow,”
McDonald also writes that we tend to feel good around people who are successful in this way. “Of course, there are always the ones who step on others to rise, but they don’t tend to last too long at the top.”
They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them
If you want to advance faster, you cannot always wait for an opportunity to show up. You have to be the kind of person who generates opportunities all the time. This is what separates people who get promotions all the time from those who don’t, according to McDonald. “They seek opportunities out, they create them and, when they do appear, they jump.”
McDonald noticed this pattern with employees who are exemplary in their field but do not seem to be getting the same career advancement opportunities others are getting. “More often than not, the difference boiled down to the willingness to take a risk and take action,” she says.
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