5 Important Career Tips You Haven't Heard Before

5 Career Tips You've Never Heard Before
by Griffin Hill
Photos Sheree Frausto | September 02, 2015
You've read every article you can find about career advancement, right? Wrong. We've got some tricks you've never considered.
Confession: I know so much about what this is like because I’m a career junkie too. I love my inspirational quotes and five-step processes as much as I love my morning latte. However, I fear that anyone who is a career advice addict does themselves a disservice by constantly relying on someone else to constantly craft the plan for us. From one career advice enthusiast to another, I’ve come up with five career tips that you’ll seldom see included in these advice listicles.

1. DON'T LET LEARNING USURP DOING

We are usually encouraged to fill our brains to the brim with new studies and challenge the creative process. Maybe you have a 9-5 job but are anxious to start your own endeavor, so you spend all of your waking hours trying to learn everything you can about your next big career jump. Before your side hustle becomes your full-time gig, it’s important not to let it take over what pays the bills. You have an important role to play at your job, even if the task isn’t your greatest passion, and you can’t afford to sacrifice your current responsibility for a dream that hasn’t come to fruition yet. Continue to hustle on the side, but remember to delegate your time wisely.
Before your side hustle becomes your full-time gig, it’s important not to let it take over what pays the bills...you can’t afford to sacrifice your current responsibility for a dream that hasn’t come to fruition yet.

2. WRITE YOUR OWN CAREER TIPS

Jot down lessons that you have learned throughout the course of every job you’ve held down, and use those lessons to help craft tips for your future. Everyone’s career path is different and no one path promises immediate success. Take the time to reflect on your own journey and appreciate the lessons it has taught you.

3. YOUR STORY CAN BE ORDINARY 

Sometimes, we get inundated with the success stories of others and we feel like our own career aspirations aren’t big or impressive enough. Success means something different to everyone, and defining it for yourself is the best way to escape the expectations of others. By creating your own career goals and carving out your own path, rather than simply focusing on someone else’s, you will be able to escape the pressure to follow in the footsteps of those who may not have anything in common with you.

4. SALARY IS NOT A MEASURE OF SUCCESS 

As an entrepreneur, you often control your own salary. As a smart entrepreneur, you know to pay yourself as little as you can in the startup stage to give the majority back to your business. Similarly, as a new employee, you will start with a lower salary than you may think you deserve. Maybe you have a small flat rate with the potential to earn commission elsewhere. Everyone’s jumping off pay point is unique, so don’t consider your salary, or how high/low the numbers are, as a measure of success. You know what you need to do to get where you want to go.
Everyone’s jumping off pay point is unique, so don’t consider your salary, or how high/low the numbers are, as a measure of success. You know what you need to do to get where you want to go.

5. EVERYTHING TAKES TWICE AS LONG AND COSTS TWICE AS MUCH 

No matter how many schedules you follow and plans you make, expect the unexpected. Especially when it comes to starting your own business, everything will take longer than you want it to and cost more than you think it should. When trying to get a promotion, accomplish a project, or assemble a team, things can’t always be done on your timeline because there are many moving parts at play. Challenges will arise at every stage in the game - remember to be patient.

Keep in mind that not all career advice is meant to propel you to a new height or new adventure. Sometimes the most valuable tips can teach you to work with what you’ve already got and thrive where you are. Keep your expectations strong and your hopes high, but remember that your career is your journey. Sometimes you have to write your own rules.

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