1. Define Success in Your Own Way
Success is in the eye of the beholder. For me, I believe if you can make a living doing something you really actually enjoy, you are successful. Not everyone is going to start a Fortune 500 company, but everyone is able to pursue a career in a field that makes them happy.
2. Challenge Yourself
Set your professional values and ethics, but don’t be afraid to bend the rules when the right opportunity comes along. Challenge yourself and go out of your way to remain inspired. Be pleasant to work with, always; often it’s the seemingly insignificant career moments that come back full-circle.
3. Quit Comparing Yourself
My advice—that I wish I could always follow myself— is don’t fall into the social media trap where everyone’s life, job, and career path looks so much better than yours. Comparison really is the thief of joy, and I have fallen victim to this so many times. I also feel like, in a way, I am probably contributing to it as well, because my life and job can be really really REALLY fun, and I like to share those moments on social media. But there’s a big buuuut! With all that fun is a lot of stress, responsibility, heartache, heartbreak, and anxiety that I don’t always show. I do try to share that as well, but I don’t like to over pronounce that part. I just think it’s important to remember that even the most raw, most honest approach to social media is still curated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. P.S. If someone is giving you the blues because their feed is just too good and makes you feel like you are less than you are, just unfollow them.
4. Make check lists.
Being an excellent multitasker is a must in this day and age. Between all of the various technologies and people that have instant access to you throughout the day, it’s important to maintain some sort of order in your work life. One of the most important things I do to keep myself organized is to make two separate checklists: The first lists all of the things that I need to have done at the end of the day. The second lists everything I need to accomplish over the course of a week; these items are usually not too urgent. It may seem redundant, but I rewrite my daily to-do list each day so I know exactly what I need to prioritize and I can update it as needed.
5. Always Be Strategic
Be a pleasure to work with. Be polite, kind, and efficient. And always be strategic. Take chances on opportunities that push you further. You should always be asking “is this putting me closer to my goal.
6. Don’t Overthink It
As an entrepreneur, sometimes you just have to get it done, whatever it takes. Don’t overthink things. Don’t wait for the right partner or staff to help you, or for the right time to come. Don’t wait for outside funding, or for a perfect business plan. Just go out there and do it (even in some small, simplified way), and don’t worry about what other people think of your work. If you believe it in, that’s all you need in order to give it a try.
7. Manners matter
All dealings in the business world—no matter how informal the situation might seem—require grace, kindness and thoughtfulness. The bottom line? Make a habit of saying please and thank you.
8. Bite your lip
I was very fortunate to have an amazing mentor at the beginning of my job who taught me one of the most important lessons of my career: It’s okay to be wrong (even if you’re right) if it means you can maintain a relationship. So when you feel like you need to have the last word, make a habit of holding your tongue! Over time you learn to relish how good it feels to be the bigger person and people will come to respect you for that level of self control.
9. Walk it out
This might seem odd but I am a firm believer in not only being mentally sharp while on the clock, but physically as well. Since I am a morning person, I typically kickstart my day with a morning sweat session. The endorphins make me feel good and the physical activity really gets my wheels turning…
Even if you can’t work out regularly, make a habit of taking two 10 minute walking breaks during the day. It’s amazing what fresh air and a little sunshine can do! And between you and me, I always come up with my best ideas during my little midday walks.
10. Set Measurable Goals
I think it is important to set goals so you are always working towards something. We set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals and it always makes me feel good and encouraged when I meet them. I also think in this blogging world it’s so important to stay true to yourself and your readers! Blog about what you love, and don’t get caught up in sponsored posts that don’t reflect you and your lifestyle.