Work hard, and you’ll reach the top…is it really that easy? Or do those super successful career girls have some handy secrets to their success? Of course they do, and this is your cheat sheet! Here are 5 things all successful women have in common!
Having a vision
Whether it’s hosting a party, preparing a Christmas dinner or planning your career…it all comes down to having a vision and making a plan. What do you really want, what is that thing you dream about? Be honest, and don’t settle for less. Want to be an astronaut? The CEO of your company? Break an Olympic record?
Dream as big as you can, because you don’t have to reach your goals overnight! Write them down, and after that, break down your goals into achievable mini-goals, like finding your mentor or reaching out to people who already have your dream job! Clear to do’s make it easier, and let’s be honest…it’s fun to check them off!
Looking for a mentor
It might be nice to dream about your career path, but talking about it with somebody who has actually walked the walk is fun and inspiring. It might be scary to ask for advice, but trust me, most of them love to talk about their passion!
We all remember those days where we had a dream, but no clue how to get there. Most Career Girls consider it good karma to mentor a younger career girl, or even take them on as a protégé. Maybe you already know someone, but if you don’t…start sending emails, making calls or tweeting them. Just make sure you’re no threat to their career!
Finding their passion
You have to love what you do. That’s a tricky one. You can’t choose what you love, but once you’ve found your passion, you will be unstoppable. Maybe you’ve heard about the 10,000 hours rule? It’s a theory that says you’ve got to practice something for 10,000 hours to fully master the skill. Guess what? It won’t feel like 10,000 hours once you’ve found the thing you love.
Ever heard about that expression ‘time flies, when you’re having fun’? It’s true! If you’re in a job you don’t like, it must be your priority to find that thing you love. Do some online tests, ask around if you can pay a day’s visit, or intern for a week! Reach out to people who can help or inspire you.
Making that stupid decision
Somewhere down the road there will be a moment where you’ll have to make a tough decision. A decision your friends don’t understand, your dad might say it’s stupid, or your boyfriend will think you’re wrong.
Let’s be honest; quitting your job, investing all your savings or moving to a different country sounds pretty radical, but sometimes it might just be what you need! They mean well, but even loved ones can be wrong! If you feel it in your bones, and you truly believe it’s a good decision…go for it. You’re probably right, and if you’re not…you’ve learned a valuable lesson. It’s better to be sorry about the things you have done, than the things you haven’t done.
Chilling every now and then
Remember; work is just work. You’re supposed to have a life outside of the office. Being able to relax, to charge your batteries, get inspired and keep your spark is essential if you want to shine at the office. Whether it’s your new boyfriend, a new restaurant you want to try, a 5k race you’re training for, or a pottery class. Be passionate about life, and you will never run out of energy. Shine on!
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