When first gaining traction in your career, it’s common to want to soak up as much knowledge and experience as you can, avoid making any mistakes, and follow in the footsteps of your business idols. As you work your way up, you’ll find people are full of advice. But unfortunately, not all career advice is good. In fact, some of it is downright bad.
Let's dive into some career advice that Fast Company says you should ignore if you want to create a successful career, make a difference at your company, and get recognized for all of your hard work.
1. Have a Five Year Plan
There was a time when companies grew slowly, career paths were solid concrete, and you could rely on your job being there for as long as you wanted to stay. Back then, having a five-year plan was a must, but those days are long-gone. Today's economy is more unpredictable, companies spiral in and out of survival rapidly, and there's no telling what opportunities wait for you around the corner. Coming up with a five-year plan is not a bad thing, just don’t let it stop you from taking advantage of those rare, important opportunities that come about within this time.
2. Follow Your Passion – The Money Will Follow
“Follow your passion” or “do what you love” may be perfectly valid advice, but that doesn't mean those passions will make you money. Love and passion alone won’t cut it. It's good to be passionate about your work, but don't just assume your passion will eventually pay off if you keep working at it. Find where you can excel with ease and where you can contribute to your team, organization or community. Find the intersection of where your passion meets talent and that’s where you will be able to make money.
“Being driven is not the same as being passionate. Passion is the love for the journey. Drive is a need to reach the destination.” -Simon Sinek
3. Let Your Work Speak for Itself
Your bosses and supervisors aren't looking at you under a microscope, analyzing your every action, and even if they were, they wouldn't go out of their way to reward you every time you do something good. Don’t assume that your work has the power to convey its work by itself. Like most hard-working employees who are never recognized, you could miss out on the big opportunity to showcase your value and worth to the company. Instead, go out of your way to prove yourself and your work.
Your career can be a success when you're using your strengths and talents to make a difference at your company as well as having the happy personal life that you have fully earned. Find work you’ll love and make a living out of it – when it comes to your career, only you know what works best. The key is to get to know yourself, embrace your natural strengths, and connect these with your line of work. The universe has a way of collaborating with what is both possible and inspiring.