5 Career Secrets Successful People Know – But Probably Won’t Tell You

Everything that you are today, and everything that you will ever accomplish, is determined by the quality of the habits that you form. By creating good habits and adopting a positive behavior, you too can become successful and live a prosperous life.

Here are some of my favorite secrets for how they made it all work—and how you can, too.

1. Understand That You’re Not The Only One Who Can Do Your Job

Have you ever turned down an opportunity because you just didn’t know what your team would do without you? Don’t trick yourself—and especially don’t let anyone else trick you—into thinking you’re the only one who can do your job. It’s flattering, but it’s a lie. Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer at EMC Corporation, encouraged attendees to not be afraid to move up, leave, and take opportunities. Be the trailblazer you were meant to be.

2. But You’re Also Not Too Good to Stuff Envelopes

That said, unless you put in the work, those opportunities are not going to come knocking on your door. Fetch the coffee, stuff those envelopes, and answer that phone—all with the understanding that this is just a stop on the road. As Arleen Ashjian, Global Director of R&D Portfolio Management at IFF, explains, you can do more, but no one has any reason to believe you until you prove it.

3. Don’t Wait to Be Tapped—Put Your Name in the Hat

Working hard and waiting doesn’t always work. Chanda Guth, Director of Human Resources at Biogen, learned this the hard way early in her career. Yes, working hard will always be part of the equation, but don’t wait. Most people are too busy planning their own careers to pay attention to yours. So, when that reach position opens, put your name in the hat—if only to let people know where you see yourself headed and for the record to show that you tried.

4. Bring Yourself to Work—Don’t Check Part of Yourself at the Door

In a sad attempt to emulate success, many of us don’t bring our whole selves to work. We leave part of our identity behind and we try to fit in, but this never works. Guth gave the advice that when you’re not yourself, you’re not authentic, and when you’re not authentic, no one will trust you. Trust, in case you were wondering, is the currency you need to get places in life.

5. Know What Makes You Unique

Another reason why it’s so important to be authentic is that it helps you figure out what makes you unique. And knowing what makes you unique and using it, according to Linda Houston, Market Executive at Merrill Lynch, is what will get you ahead in life. In other words, what’s your superpower? What makes you special compared to all the other go-getters and hard workers? Maybe you’re a connecter of people or you’re exceptionally resilient—whatever your superpower may be, figure it out. Then, use it.

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