YOU ARE IN CHARGE
Know that you can decide how you want to respond to anything. Eg. Nobody can make you feel bad or lose your cool if you don’t want to. In fact, you can make things happen instead of waiting for things to happen.
Some things are beyond your control. Eg.unfair bosses, rude customers and even the economic crisis. Accept this and learn to work around then instead.
ALL BOSSES EXPECT THE BEST WORK OUT OF YOU
Be good at what you do-if you are asked to do a job, make sure you know your work and what skills are required to produce the highest quality. Do not assume anything but find out through proper research and consult the experts either in person or through books.
Love what you do- love your work and be excited about it. See it as part of a bigger picture. Are you building something for the community? Are you providing a service for others? Are you developing something that no one has ever done before?
Have integrity- be honest with your bosses, colleagues, suppliers, clients and most importantly, yourself. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be discreet about company information and do not discuss internal problems with outsiders.
NOBODY IS GOING TO TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT TO DO AT WORK
Have initiative- don’t always wait for others to take the lead. One good way to solve problems is to prevent them from starting. Remember that bosses promote those with leadership qualities.
Be independent- don’t rely on others to help you with your task or do the work for you. You have to stand on your own two feet.
YOUR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE WILL BECOME OUTDATED WITH TIME
Challenge what you know- if you think that you are always right, you are already wrong. Be open to other ideas and suggestions. Regularly compare yourself with those who excel in their fields to see where you are.
Decide to keep learning- just because school is over does not mean that your education has ended. Learning is a life-long process. Learn from others and tap their wisdom. Enroll in courses. Read self-improvement books.
Go for the unknown- know what is in the market and move on from there. Be innovative and try new things, you just may be the pioneer of a revolutionary product or business idea. Sometimes, it may be wise to follow the crowd.
One person can only achieve so much at work. Major successes in history have been rhe result of teamwork between men and women of caliber. Team up and achieve great things.
Don’t be selfish about sharing credit especially when the other person deserves it. Be humble. Value the strengths of others instead of thinking about their weaknesses.
PUT YOURSELF IN HIS/HER SHOES
Working in a team requires you to understand the other person. Listen more than you talk
To prevent yourself from drifting, you need to set work goals on a daily, weekly, monthly or even half-yearly basis. Be realistic when setting goals. Make sure these are within your overall career/ personal plans.
DRAW UP A PLAN
Achieve you goals by drawing up a schedule/action plan. Invest in a good organizer and refer to this consistenly to make sure that you are on track.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT