The Harsh Truth of Career

It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow.
Sometimes, it’s hard to hear these things
but, in the end, they make you stronger.
I might not even make it myself,
but I sure as hell ain’t leaving without putting up a fight..

As you see, career means a long term path of what we do that have directions & goals. And the thing is, just like everything else in life, there also some harsh truth that we need to face regarding our career. So, here is some facts that based-on my experience on real world… 🙂

Starts at the bottom

Almost everyone starts at the bottom. Regardless of what you think you deserve, you probably will to. Get over it, and just get started. And the thing is, it’s not enough to be good at what you do. Talent and skill will only take you so far. It’s like video game, more problems solved, the more experience gained, and the more character growth.

Job Hopper Fact

If you find yourself job-hopping, moving from one career to other different career in a short time, and still, nothing ever satisfies you for any period of time, it’s time to look at yourself. Most likely, you’re part of the problem.

Professional growth requires discomfort

Embrace it don’t fight it. There is no learning in the comfort zone. Achieving long-term career goals requires sustained effort and deliberate action. It’s no accident or coincidence. It’s a process that takes time. Sure, it won’t be fun at times, but nothing is. Do you really want to stay where you are and look back at your life in the future and regret not having taken the steps to go after it?

Your career is all about YOU

If you’re unhappy with your career, it’s up to you to change it. Sticking around because you’re afraid will only dig you deeper into the rut. No one else controls your situation. No one else responsible. Stop asking for everyone’s opinion about what you should do. Again, it is all about YOU.

Almost every job has a tradeoff

You’ll probably never get everything you want in one place. Sometimes, you might have to work weekends or stay late without being paid for it. If you’re not willing to invest in a company, why would they be willing to invest in you? If stable career matters to you, it’s worth sacrifice.

Give it time

It’s not something that happens overnight. A successful job search should take anywhere from three to six months. Most people give up on the search too quickly. No matter how precise your job-search tactics, or how many laughs you share with the interviewer, the truth is, most times the job is not going to work out. And instead of getting discouraged, get back to the drawing board, keep sharpening your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills, and GIVE IT TIME!

Have a Plan

Just as any successful business owner has a business plan, every successful professional should have a career plan. Money may be the reason you have to work but it’s not the true motivation. People who wake up with joy each day are working for entirely different reasons. Money is simply a byproduct.

Your Life & Career is connected

Work is not separate from the rest of your life. Work is part of your life. Body, career, spirit. I always say “because it’s all connected.” Pay attention to the quality of your health, your work and your faith. Not always easy, but necessary for healthy survival. You can’t think that you are someone else at the office, and then be yourself at home.

Just Do Your Job

Every company has that person who gets away with slacking off, takes all the credit, earns more than she deserves, etc. The good news is that she’s not your problem. Let it go. Stop talking about it, and just do your job.

Nurture Your Network

No matter what how talented you are, the truth is, no one achieves career success alone. The most successful professionals nurture their networks, show support and give more than they expect to get.

I hope, it’s good read for you. If you have another thing to share, please drop some comments... 🙂

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