Everybody wants to be successful in their careers. But while everyone can do it, many choose the easy way, hoping that luck will find them along the way or others will help them.
With that in mind, let us explore three pieces of advice on how you can approach this process in a proactive and meaningful way.
The Eye of the Beholder
In simple terms, the psychological concept of the Halo Effect refers to how a person tends to create positive impressions of another human being in one aspect to influence these impressions in other aspects of their personality. In terms of physical beauty, in most cases, highly attractive people are presumed by others to also be altruistic, stable, more flexible, and more intelligent.
Even if there is no empirical evidence to support this, it is nonetheless undoubtedly true. Many times, beautiful people have an easier journey through life than their less gracefully-looking counterparts. More doors are available to them in a wider range of areas, and success is often achieved with a lower degree of effort.
But what does it mean as it pertains to career prosperity? For starters, it entails putting the work to look the best you can at the office. While you cannot change your genes, there are certain things you can do to maximize your physical exterior. You can go to the gym once or twice a week and follow a diet high in nutritional content. And if you have problems with your teeth, you can set an appointment with a reputable Invisalign dentist.
Remember, this journey you are embarking on is not about vanity. Rather, it’s about being healthier and happier and getting that job or promotion you truly deserve.
Evolution and Self Improvement
Pretty much everybody has heard about Darwinian evolution theory regarding the mechanisms of natural selection. According to the famed English naturalist and biologist, fitness is best defined as the ability to reproduce with success. As such, those who can multiply themselves and guarantee the existence of generations to come will ultimately be those ruling the earth.
Over the years, his eponymous theories have seen a shift from the word “fittest” to another similar yet more exhaustive term. In case you have not guessed it, it is “most adaptable.” Survival is not a matter of strength. Rather, it is those who are willing to change that not only do not perish but thrive under any circumstances they find themselves in.
From a practical, 21st century standpoint, it means embarking on a journey of constant learning, progress, and the acquisition of pertinent skills. Some of the best examples include languages, communication ability, negotiation tactics, emotional quotient, and leadership.
Of course, it is impossible to be well-versed in absolutely everything you do. Still, that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels and not even try. Instead, it is your duty and right as a human being to enhance your knowledge and use it for your own progress and that of the people close to you.
Making the Best of It
Oftentimes, no matter how much we try, there are certain things we cannot avoid. For instance, imagine you have to learn a foreign language for a new position within your organization. While at first you might be very motivated and embrace this challenge, slowly you begin to feel less excited, and as the process becomes more difficult, your motivation fades.
One day, you find yourself in class, your energy levels depleted, thinking about anything except for that vocabulary word or grammatical structure you need to be focusing on. To make matters worse, you are starting to dislike your teacher and think somebody else could do a much better job. So what do you do?
There are two ways to slay this dragon. One of them is to endure the two hours you have ahead of you and hope for the best. The second is to give it your best and let the chips fall where they may.
A true winner will always choose the latter. But not because it is the best option or the most righteous one, but because it is the most practical. You can’t go anywhere else, so why not maximize the time you have? Before you know it, the class will be over, and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you didn’t waste your time.
If you want to flourish in your professional career, take care of how you look and present yourself to others. And never stop learning and acquiring new skills. Finally, make the best out of every situation you find yourself in. By doing so, you will not only be using the tools you have at maximum capacity, but you will also be giving yourself the best odds of success.