12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life

“If only I had learnt that early in my career…”


If you constantly find your thoughts veering along these lines, then that’s probably because you realize that the plans you had for your career aren’t going exactly the way it should.

That’s probably because you were so engrossed in the process of achieving success, meeting challenges and deadlines, and getting ahead in life meant so much to you that you’d completely bypassed that there’s more to life than promotions and appraisals.

Now most people, especially when they are inexperienced, begin their career with the notion that you have to keep making sacrifices to reach somewhere in life.

And what’s worse is that these people get a tad bit serious about making sacrifices, so much that after a point it becomes stifling for them to pursue whatever they were once passionate about.

That’s why in order to prevent any regrets that may surface as you age, you need to start following these advice to make your career more fulfilling and pleasant in the long haul.


1. Money isn’t the be-all and end-all

There are so many people who have kept their passion aside so that they can have a career and make a living, irrespective of whether they enjoy the process or not. What they don’t realize is that working on something that they love doing means so much more than doing something simply for money.

Why slog it out for nine hours doing something you don’t enjoy? When you could use that time to do something that makes you happy! You need to understand that money isn’t equal to happiness.

Now some may argue that you can’t pay bills without money. Yes, we need money to survive, but then why not earn it by doing something you love? So, don’t shy away from taking that leap of faith.


2. Not wasting your time in a job you hate

When you’re just starting out, you tend to take up any job. But that’s not a good idea. When you get a job that you don’t particularly like, you’re wasting your time just for some extra money, but not getting any valuable experience in exchange.

This investment of your time and effort ultimately leads to a waste your energy and patience as well.

If you don’t like your job, but still ended up spending years within the same office, it’s best that you quit. Progress doesn’t happen without taking risks.

And if you still believe you need money and that it’s better to stay put, then learn everything you can while you work. Understand the requirements of the employers.

Try taking part in various projects. In fact, you can even take online courses. Spend your time well and do anything that you can use within your line of work.


3. Listening is a virtue

The ability to listen can save you from a lot of trouble. With this ability, you can fix many issues, as it fosters creativity, provides valuable perspective and also let the other people know that you’re paying attention.

Listening to people is essential for acquiring a thorough understanding of situations. As without detailed knowledge, you can never solve a problem or barely identify the signs of it.

If you’re not a good listener, you can challenge yourself to make a genuine effort to listen more than you talk and we promise the results will be rewarding.


4. Learn as you go

Gather as much information you can about your surroundings, your area of work, and even the things that aren’t directly related to your line of work.

Even when you’re moving ahead in your career, keep yourself motivated to learn new things and try to use that knowledge in your work whenever there’s an opportunity.

If you have this vague idea that just because you have achieved something in life, you don’t have anything new to learn, then you’ll only be depriving yourself of the knowledge about the ever-evolving world.

And if you don’t stay updated about new technologies and inventions, you’ll never be able to solve the issues of the modern world, as your old techniques won’t be of any use there.


5. Never let your job title become your only identity

For most of the self-proclaimed “career-driven” people, their whole life seems to revolve around success, fame and recognition.

That’s their way of measuring their self-worth. But what they don’t realize until later is that when you run after fame or success, you let these factors control you.

Maybe it’s time for you to gain some perspective on fame or success. Learn to look at the bigger picture and put your focus on a higher purpose, and that way you’ll be the best version of yourself and help others to bring out their best. Only by utilizing your talents for the benefit of others can attain you prosperity in life.


6. Know the significance of teamwork

The purpose of teamwork is to share ideas with your colleagues, making plans for a certain project, and more importantly to help each other grow. You need to understand that alone you may walk but with your team by your side, you can walk for long.

So it’s perfectly alright to seek help from team members, and it’s also essential for you to be present when the team seeks your involvement.


7. Failures or setbacks shouldn’t affect you

Life presents endless possibilities, so never take failure to your heart. Even though it leaves bitter memories, failures are, as wise men say, the pillars for success. So treat failure like an experience you couldn’t have gathered otherwise.

Rejections are very much a part of our lives. That’s why learning to cope with it early on, will prevent it from getting the better of you. While rejections will always hurt, but dwelling on it will only make the matter worse. If you have positivity in life, even the toughest times won’t seem so burdensome.


8. Live your life beyond your cubicle or office desk

As mentioned earlier in the post, life shouldn’t only revolve around your work. There is so much happening every day, be it within your own family, friends, your community or the world, that you shouldn’t miss out on.

If you want to spend quality time with your family, then remember to never take your work home. Of course, you shouldn’t completely ignore your professional commitments, invest your free time indulging in your hobbies or go out to meet your friends or read a nice book.

Finding a proper work-life balance will contribute to your overall health and well being, and you will not feel weighed down with work and can carry them out with precision.


9. Made a mistake? Admit it!

You’ve probably heard this gazillion times that making mistakes is the first step to learning something. So why should you be ashamed to admit your mistake?

Admitting your mistakes will not only keep your conscience clear, but it will also allow you to avert any consequences that may crop up in future because of your actions.

Also, people appreciate it when you’re upfront and truthful. In fact, that way you’ll be admired for your honesty. As they say, to err is human.


10. Put your health over wealth

Your wealth may come and go, but you will never get back your strength and vigour by staring at your laptop screen trying to perfect that presentation. Unfortunately, most people struggle to find the balance between their work and life and eventually succumb to various health conditions.

And in the process, they don’t even get to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. Invest considerable time to keep your mind and body active, don’t let anxiety creep in, have enough sleep, eat right, and more significantly, DO NOT burn yourself out.


11. Worrying will only make things worse

So what the meeting with investors didn’t go so well? So what you lost a client today? Ask yourself, will worrying about the issues change things back to normal? It won’t, and rather it will make way for stress or fear. The only way you can get over your fear is by taking some action.

You will never be able to achieve the goals you had set out to achieve at the beginning of your career if you worry about the consequences. So even if you’re worried or anxious, push yourself until the things that you were worried about no longer matter. Have a little faith. Patience and perseverance always work in your favour.


12. Enjoy the journey of your career

When it comes to the career, most people get so busy trying to reach the destination; they forget to appreciate the journey. So focusing on the journey more instead of the destination will allow you to develop a sense of gratitude.

While there will be hurdles and challenges in work and life, focusing on the good things always helps. You must look forward to your work and try to learn something new, that way the element of monotony will never find a place in your work. So cherish the journey of both life and work with an open mind and an open heart.

Now we agree that just like relationships you career also needs some compromise and sacrifices, but what’s important here is to know where to draw a line. Simply chasing after success will do more harm than good for your career as well as your life.

So learning these career lessons early on in life will prevent you from regretting the choices you make.


Source: CareerMetis.com

Brian Howard Interviewed and Discusses His Recent Book, Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles

Brian Howard was recently interviewed on CareerMetis discussing his book, Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles. You can listen to the interview on the CareerMetis website, as well as YouTube, and SoundCloud.

This is the fifth book in the Motivated Series of job search books. Other books in the series include: The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, and Over 50 and Motivated.

You can purchase Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles, as well as the other books in the series, on Amazon.

Now Available as an Audio Book! – The Motivated Networker

The Motivated Networker is now available as an audio book! The audio version of the book can be found on Amazon or Audible.

The Motivated Networker has been endorsed by Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI (Business Network International) – The world’s largest business networking organization. Dr. Misner has been dubbed “The Father of Modern Networking” and is one of the world’s leading experts in business networking.

“The Motivated Networker is the most comprehensive networking book on the market on how to use networking to find a job. Well-written, thoroughly researched, and practical, The Motivated Networker covers important networking topics and introduces the “ICE” Method for job search networking. It is a must-hear for all job seekers!” – Dr. Ivan Misner

The Motivated Networker is a part of The Motivated Series of job search books.

Employment Perks versus Monetary Compensation

There is a growing trend indicating that U.S. employers are re-evaluating how they compensate their employees. Employers are finding ways of using perks and benefits instead of monetary compensation. The motivation could be driven by the fact that these perks cost less than pay raises. Another plausible explanation is employers have learned what makes their job and company appealing through use of these creative perks. Employees forego exploring job changes because they like the perks their current employer offers.

There is a (logical) split among employees in their view of these creative perks. Those at the lower end of the pay scale may not be as interested because they have more immediate financial needs. But, for those who are earning more, the perks have more appeal. For these higher earners, their reward for continued employment could be additional vacation time, flex time, increases in certain employee benefits, stock options, and so on. Perks that affect work-life balance and lifestyle seem to be more appealing to these higher wage earners.

Brian Howard is the author of The Motivated Series of Job Search Books.

Jobs Market Continues to Improve – Here’s Some Numbers

Jobs: U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December. That is over 85 straight months of employment growth in the U.S. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent. As a point of reference, the unemployment rate was 10% in 2009 which shows how our jobs market has improved over the course of time.

During 2017, the economy added over 1.5 million new jobs. However, there are some indications now that the robust jobs market could be slowing. This could be a sign of an economy at “full employment” or the inability of employers to find and hire skilled employees.

Wages: The average American earns over $26.50 an hour. That is an increase of over 50 cents an hour over the course of 2017. This news about wage growth has been anticipated as the jobs market begins to struggle to fill open positions. With a reduced supply of skilled workers (which will become a more prevalent issue in the future), employers will need to raise wages to attract and keep employees.

Underemployment: The U-6 figure from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a statistic which includes those who have stopped looking for work and people who want full-time jobs but are stuck in part-time positions. In December that figure was 8.1% and has been trending downward over the course of the year.

Labor Participation Rate: The number of Americans in the labor force, plus those actively looking for work, has remained reasonably constant at 62.7%. Labor participation continues to struggle and still hovers close to a forty year low. This will not change partly because baby boomers continue to retire and younger Americans are choosing not to participate in the workforce.

Brian Howard is an actively practicing executive recruiter and the author of the Motivated Series of Job Search Books.

U.S Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs in November

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November which exceeded estimates by more than 28,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent (a 17 year low). Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. Manufacturing unemployment is at 2.6% (near record low).

The U.S. economy has now added jobs for the last 86 months.

Brian Howard Interviewed on Business Innovators Radio Network

Brian Howard was recently interviewed by Virginia Franco on Business Innovators Radio Network. The interview was an engaging discussion covering a wide variety of job search topics.

You can listen to the interview on Business Innovators Radio Network or on Resume Storyteller with Virginia Franco.

Brian Howard is the author of The Motivated Series of job search books which include: The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, and Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles – all of which can be purchased on Amazon.