Updated: Feb 25
There have been millions of articles, books, and posts written on what comprises success.
Of the thousands of techniques and ingredients that have been mentioned on the pages, almost all of them truly work.
However, they only work for certain few individuals. What works for you might not work for someone else, and vice versa.
You see, every being is different. Their innate characteristics, thought patterns, way of perceiving things, and reacting to success and failure in life is utterly different. As such, it makes sense when we say that there is no “one size fits all” mantra to success.
Having a 9-5 job that brings home a steady salary might be the definition of success for one person, while struggling to build a business and earning 1-2 steady clients might mean success to another person.
I have been on both sides of the story. I have held jobs and I have started a business against all odds. During the course of both, there were three things that I did continuously and unknowingly, that always ensured that I got steady job offers even when I was not looking and client requests when I was not even marketing my business through paid channels.
Today, I am going to share with you these 3 simple and effective things that can ensure success in your professional lives. Here they are.
You cannot stop learning. There is so much to learn and add to yourself. Especially, when we are living in a digital age where knowledge and information is so easily available.
Having something right in front of your nose and not making good use of it, does not make any sense, at all.
This applies to all the courses and learning modules out there. Books, videos, blogs, vlogs, Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, Lynda, not using them seems like an utter waste. You don’t really need to spend to learn something. Hubspot, for example, offers a world of free courses (if you are in the field of marketing) that you can totally benefit from, and how can we forget YouTube?
Make it a point to pick up one skill/certification and train yourself on it within a period of 1-2 months. They can be easily completed in a day or two, but given the rigorous schedules professionals have these days, it’s fine to spread out the learning over half an hour every day during a typical 5-day workweek.
Try to build on 4-5 skills over a year. It is integral that you weave in the discipline of adding value to your professional life and qualifications using these freely available resources.
Continuous learning makes you more knowledgeable and confident. You are able to have informed conversations with your colleagues and people you network with and of course, the knowledge adds an edge to your resume and the interviews you attend.
This brings us to the second leg of the success tripod: Networking.
The benefits of networking are manifold. You can reach out to more people in your industry, across geographical boundaries and if done right establish yourself as an influencer in the area of your work.
Thanks to professional networks like LinkedInand beBee, you don’t really need to attend seminars, conferences, and trade shows all the time. Although, these three are indeed crucial to building an even more solid network given the opportunities they offer, you can totally start the networking groundwork right from your LinkedIn and beBee profiles.
Building a strong network is essential in finding the right opportunities. Connecting only with people you have known till now is not going to help boost your profile much further from the space you have already been operating in. Thus, it is advisable to connect with as many people (pertinent to your profile, though) as you can.
That said, it is also important to keep your conversations on LinkedIn, especially with connections whom you have not known formally, strictly professional on LinkedIn. Crossing that boundary from professional to friendly might cost you a good connection who otherwise could have benefitted your career in some way or the other.
It pays to remember that there is a reason they call it a network. People connected to each other through fine threads. Even if one person might not have the connection or opportunity you are looking for, they can still help you connect with someone who has the same.
Build your network, help people, motivate them through likes, shares and comments on the posts, and they will return the favor by doing the same for your profile and content that you share.
This brings us to the third and final leg of the success tripod: marketingyour professional self through relevant content.
It is not enough to just a build a network on LinkedIn and let it sit there. In order to stay connected and ensure brand recall; and by brand, I mean your personal brand, you need to maintain an active profile.
You can always be active by being proactive at liking, sharing and commenting on other’s profile, as that counts as a profile activity. But, if you would like to take a step further into building your personal brand, then it pays to actually create and disseminate content on social and professional platforms.
There is a reason why content marketing is so popular. It provides you with the space and opportunity to help people know more about you, your take on the industry you work in, your professional personality, and much more. Reading your blogs and posts will give clients, headhunters, and recruiters an idea about how you are as a professional. That’s why it is quintessential that you are particularly careful about what you post online.
Always create using the thought “This should be of value to someone.” This will help you create content that is relevant to others in your network. Establish a strong personal brand. If you haven’t started already, then beBee is the perfect place to get started. It’s this great community to find like-minded professionals, across geographical boundaries, sharing thoughts through beautiful blogs posts.
Establish a strong presence on LinkedIn, as it is absolutely essential to skyrocket your career to the next level. Invest sometime in polishing up your profile summary and career highlights, add to the skill set (as mentioned before) and voila! You will have a stunning professional presence on the digital map, which is what is going to spell professional success, in no time.
Think like a successful person, work like a successful person, and treat failures, when they do come, as stepping-stones to success, and you will soon see success materialize in real time.