Self-determination as a key to success in business and life
Take a moment to go look in the mirror. The person looking back at you is the greatest asset in your possession. No matter what is going on in your career, relationships or financial life, the person looking at you in the mirror has the value and ability to create great returns in every area of your life.
Do you want a great career?
Invest in yourself. Enhance your current marketability by taking additional training courses or by obtaining certifications. In order to continue increasing your value and salary potential in the workplace, add skills and certifications to your resume. Even if you’re in the midst of transitioning careers, be willing to put in the necessary time and research for success in whatever area you choose to go into. No one can keep you from achieving your career aspirations as long as you’re willing to pursue your goals and NEVER give up.
Do you want great relationships?
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Median weekly earnings in the U.S. for wage and salary workers were $775 at the end of 2012.
But just how much you make depends on a number of factors, including your race and gender,
CNNMoney gives you a snapshot into what Americans earn:
The more schooling you have, the more you get in your paycheck.
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We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but there are some general rules you can follow.
What the Experts Say
Mastering new skills is not optional in today’s business environment. “In a fast-moving, competitive world, being able to learn new skills is one of the keys to success. It’s not enough to be smart — you need to always be getting smarter,” says Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist and author of the HBR Single Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Joseph Weintraub, a professor of management and organizational behavior at Babson College and coauthor of the book, The Coaching Manager: Developing Top Talent in Business, agrees: “We need to constantly look for opportunities to stretch ourselves in ways that may not always feel comfortable at first. Continual improvement is necessary to get ahead.” Here are some principles to follow in your quest for self-improvement:
Check your readiness
When working on a new skill or competency, you need to ask yourself two things. First, is your goal attainable? “There are certain limits to what you can learn,” explains Weintraub. “For example, you may want to be a brain surgeon, but not have the eye-hand coordination required.” Second, how much time and energy can you give to the project?
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As part of my attempt to reinvent my career, I had my first consult with a career coach last week. Marty Nemko, an AOL Jobs blogger, is known for doing three-minute career makeovers. I was on the phone with him for nearly two hours — despite the fact that both he and I are professional speed-talkers. I was skeptical about what I could gain even in that short amount of time, and surprised by how productive it was.
How a three-minute career makeover begins…
Nemko asked me a series of questions about my skills and interests and, after some revisions, he created a personal “branding” strategy that makes me relevant to other industries besides journalism.
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