People sometimes ask what it takes to become a vice president or a general manager, as if there is a formula. The truth is there is no formula. Don’t search for the perfect path, just get on one and do your best. Beyond obtaining the education required to start your career, there is no one road to success. Career paths are not always predictable. Success comes from hard work, a series of good choices and a little bit of luck. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me get where I wanted to go.
YOUR JOB IS NOT YOUR IDENTITY
What you do for a living cannot be the only way you define yourself. None of us is one-dimensional. Nurture relationships and explore activities with family, friends and community, and make that a part of your identity. Your engagement in activities outside your job will make you a more effective contributor in your job.
BE COMFORTABLE WITH CHANGE
Like it or not, change is a way of life. Learn to expect it and embrace it. Innovation can be the key to success. The will paralyze you from taking chances that could lead to more at ease you are with change, the less anxiety and fear wonderful opportunities.
ALWAYS FIND ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF TO DEVELOP AND GROW
Whether you’re 8 or 80, there are new things to learn. Set goals for constant progression. Any goal, whether it’s personal or career related, will keep you aware of your potential and increase your capabilities.
Be in tune with the needs of those around you and respond to them. Good leaders look for ways of improving the world around them. Reach out to others with your own unique set of talents, personality and compassion. Mentor those who are rising behind you. There is no better way to contribute to society.
STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
No matter what, do your best at school, career and in your areas of interest. Set your goals and work hard to achieve them. Re- member that as a leader you are setting the tone for the organization.