15 Things Successful Professionals Do: Part 3 of 3

And here’s the final installment of the 15 point list. . .

11) Persevere – You will encounter many challenges in your career.  Your response to those challenges will say more about you than your successes.

Try not.  Do, or do not.  There is no try. ~YODA, Jedi Grand Master

12) Communicate with confidence – Communication via the spoken and written word are one way to demonstrate your professional abilities.  Practice public speaking and perfect your writing skills, until you far surpass your peers—the bar is usually not that high.

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. ~Mark Twain

13) Display humility – Demonstrate humility and personal accountability in your career and you’ll never go wrong.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ~Ernest Hemingway, Author

14) Be flexible – As a recent graduate or new professional, be flexible in your career path.  Build career skills that transcend your current function, role and industry make you invaluable in the marketplace and provide more opportunities.

Change is the only constant. ~Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

15) Make connections – Networking is a key professional skill.  If you focus on what you can do for others, networking won’t feel like a chore.  Your efforts will be rewarded in what you’ve given and what you will receive.

Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb

15 Things Successful Professionals Do: Part 2 of 3

Continuing with our list. . .

6) Connect the dots – Consider the big picture and where your career fits in your company, industry and the worldwide economy at this moment in time, in addition to, the past and the future.

We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them. ~ John Irving, Author

7) Display realistic optimism  – There will be plenty of opportunities in your career to be optimistic (or pessimistic) depending on which you choose.  Choose wisely.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~Winston Churchill, Politician

8) Continued improvement – Throughout your career, there is one constant which is YOU.  Be the best professional you can be.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn, Entrepreneur

9) Commit – Your commitment to a task, the project, your job and your organization is being measured everyday by your subordinates, peers, colleagues, managers, share holders, customers and clients.  If it is not 100%, others will know it.

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.  ~Henry Ford

10) Be alert – Opportunities in your career won’t always find you.  Be on the look out and willing to create opportunities for yourself.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle, Comedian & Actor

Stay tuned for “15 Things Successful Professionals Do: Part 3 of 3” next week.

Reading List: Mastering LinkedIn in 7 Days or Less

Jan Wallen's BookJan Wallen’s Mastering LinkedIn in 7 Days or Less  is a must read for LinkedIn newbies and experienced users alike.  Because of Jan’s extensive professional experience in Fortune 500 and Big 5 firms, her book focuses on the very practical aspects of utilizing LinkedIn to find a job, identify new clients and grow your business.

The book covers the basics from creating  your initial profile to searching for and connecting with people in your network.  As an extensive user of LinkedIn for her own business, Jan provides many of her own insider secrets, tools and services throughout.

There are specific steps for days #1-7 starting with determining your LinkedIn philosophy.  On Day #6, you’ll learn about The Most Important 10 Minutes You’ll Ever Spend in LinkedIn.  This information alone is worth the price of the book and the time spent reading it.  Each day covers a different topic and by Day #7, you will have had the full tour.  Some of the other important topics include:

  • Why LinkedIn shouldn’t be used as your electronic resume
  • Maximizing your LinkedIn profile with Recommendations & Answers
  • Determining your purpose and goals for using LinkedIn
  • Why to include the link to your LinkedIn profile in your email signature and how to get your “vanity” link
  • 10 Ways You Never Thought of Using LinkedIn

There are many books covering LinkedIn.  This is one of the best.

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How to Adopt a Sales Mindset

Harvey Mackay, author of The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World (Portfolio Penguin, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2011) and the New York Times #1 bestsellers Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive, offers thirteen simple rules for becoming your own sales superstar.

Mackay’s rules apply to both business owners and professionals who are managing their own careers.  Every professional must know how to sell— whether you are selling your ideas to your boss, providing support for an internal customer or pitching your policy position to a colleague.   Outstanding sales skills are essential for being an successful professional.

Here is an overview of Mackay’s rules.

1. Stay hungry.
2. Never compromise your integrity.
3. Stay positive. Read more