SELF - 6 Tips To Become The CEO of Your Own Career
It all starts with a plan, an idea, a little bit of inspiration. Whether you have had it up to here with the job you dread going to every day, or you have had a project in the pipeline for years, there comes that turning point where you just say to yourself, “Just do it!”. In all honesty, doing something you love, whether that is a corporate job in a field you have always longed for, or kick-starting your own little business; can it be scarier than a boring future in your current job? But isn’t that half the fun?
Chasing after your dreams certainly ain’t easy, and on the journey, there are going to be times that you completely regret it. Remember though, you only live one life, so you deserve to live the life you love - even if that means making scary decisions. She Is Rebel has got some inspiring tips for you to achieve success, and we’re hoping to make the ride a little easier!
1. Start With Your Passion
Regardless of whether you are an entrepreneur or you are aiming for that big position with a new company, finding your passion is the root cause for you to change your career path and try something new. If you don’t want to grow bored of this new venture, you are going to have to think long and hard about what you love. Things you have always enjoyed – perhaps accounting, or painting? Or maybe even both? Or maybe you have always enjoyed sports and well-being? Make a list of everything that inspires you on a day-to-day basis, and that you think about several times a day, no matter how mundane and how simple they may appear. You can even try to connect with your childhood times - those days where you had no concern of making money, paying the rent but enjoyed creating your own things in your own way. Think what you would do if you were not concerned. Let’s take Girlboss and Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso as an example – she was in a series of dead-end jobs, but one thing she did enjoy doing was selling vintage clothes on eBay. She took that passion of hers and made it into a multi-million Dollar business – what’s stopping you?
2. Be A Smart Networker
When searching for that dream job, you have to be ready to meet new people. Whether you are connecting with future colleagues and bosses on LinkedIn, or going to a networking event and giving out your flashy new business card, you have to definitely work your way round that table. Like with anything though, there will be people that won’t be so helpful to connect with - those who offer unsolicited advice, act they-know-it-all, biased buyers who cannot see the world beyond their own experience or overly safe players who cannot agree with you getting out of your comfort zone. If you get a bad feeling, distance yourself and don’t waste your time proving them wrong.
You may consider going to seminars and talks to interact with a wide range of people that you may think you will never need to contact, but never say never. It gives you the opportunity to ask questions, no matter how “stupid” they may seem, but hey, someone may just have the answer you are looking for! Remember also to pick these events wisely, chose something that will help you progress, or learn things you need to take your passion further.
3. Ask For Help
Your ego might make you believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness or vulnerability. In order to be successful you need to feel confident even in your weakness zone. No one is really good at everything, so it’s only natural that you will need a little push in the right direction. As they say - if you don’t ask, you won’t get. What is the worst that can happen anyway? Asking for help doesn’t mean admitting failure, or appearing clueless, but shows you are conscientious enough to recognize what you do not know, and that you aren’t afraid to step out of your comfort zone to get that missing link.
Asking for help and learning go hand in hand. Ask advice from people who have made their way to the top, or just people around you going through a similar situation, ideally positive ones. It helps you learn new things and move forward than just stopping at the first obstacle. Do research on your field, its evolution, its main actors; self-training keeps you in the know-how and will allow you to evolve professionally as well as give you knowledge you can exchange for.
4. Be Yourself
You are your own brand. Your uniqueness is your number one strength in this entire world. The point is to be aware of it and use it to your advantage when achieving what you want in life. An idea that you may come up with one rainy Monday morning, that you found quite banal, may be the answer everyone is looking for. So don’t conform to what anyone wants you to be, just be the you that you are comfortable with.
When you determine your own value and create your personal brand around it, you actually create your owned power source. You suddenly start feeling comfortable talking about uncomfortable things and failures. You come to a realization that your career or professional choices are actually just a platform for you to present your skills. Any change in this platform does not change your owned personal brand, but only adds on as a valuable experience. This mindset frees you from over-relying on titles, status given by a company and shadowing your name behind a company name. How many times have you met somebody introducing himself with his company title? What happens when they quit? It is time to create your own personal brand and review the way you introduce your uniqueness to the world.
5. Dare To Dream
There are never any stupid ideas and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t be afraid to have dreams, and more importantly to bring them to fruition. Every single brilliant idea was a, “Naaah… this is stupid, no one will like this” idea. Believe in what you can offer, whether it is to your customers or to the workplace, and don’t be afraid to speak out about what you believe in. People may hesitate to support you when you speak up initially. You may come across different than others who comply with what is given. But at the end people admire people who take the lead and inspire with a vision. What is stopping you from being one of them while your gut feeling says otherwise? The road might not appear straight away when you have a dream. It does appear only when you start taking even the smallest of actions.
6. Be Positive
No one wants to work with someone who is pessimistic and is feeling sorry for themselves. Positive mind attracts positive mind, hence doers! Being optimistic and motivated will attract like-minded people who will either want to work with you or for you.
Once you think positive, you will get into the great habit of doing so. Take control of your mind and steer it toward the positive. Acknowledge that negative thoughts are what limit your actions and drag you down. You can start with adding positivity to the present moment you are living in, divert your mind from anxiety to imagining a gate to possible solutions. Practice thinking that you are enjoying being in this moment and any future obstacle will be your future self’s problem when you get there, and if you get there.
By Emma Philo - Editor at She Is Rebel and Melis Sawerschel - Founder at She Is Rebel