Libraries are filled with books on how to find success in life, work and business. But, sometimes, it’s the simplest advice that’s easiest to follow.
Daniel C. Steenerson, founder and principal of San Diego-based Disability Insurance Services, shares seven words successful people live by.
Work - Getting up and showing up are a great start but if you want success in your career – or in any part of your life – you have to be willing to work, and work hard. It’s that hard-driving work ethic that will set you apart from the pack and create opportunities that will open the doors to success.
Discipline - When you wake up in the morning, do you have a systematic plan of what you are going to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it? If not, you can’t expect to move forward in your career in any meaningful way.
Implementation - You can dream and plan and set goals for yourself all day but if you do nothing tangible to see those goals through, you are simply spinning your wheels and wasting time. Implementation is the step that transitions plans into results.
Simplify - Simplifying processes whenever possible makes it much easier to accomplish more in less time. It also makes it quicker and easier to share your knowledge and bring team members up to speed when necessary.
Discomfort - In order to be successful, you must be willing not only to be uncomfortable but also to embrace discomfort. This can mean working late to ensure deadlines are met or making lifestyle changes in order to be able to invest in a new venture. Sacrificing comfort now can enable you to take the steps you need to achieve future success.
Learning - Taking courses to gain certifications along with expanding your knowledge base of your industry is a fantastic way to move forward and be more successful in your career. Read anything you can get your hands on that can help you become more knowledgeable and effective.
Relationships - It’s not only the relationships you develop with your company’s clients that are important. Developing good, healthy relationships with co-workers, supervisors and even hiring managers is an important step in career success. Help team members achieve their goals and objectives. Your assistance will help establish you as a go-to person within your organization and position you for advancement.