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4 Career mistakes (and how to change them)

Career mistakes to stop nowRegardless of how happy you are in your current job, don’t make the  mistake of becoming too comfortable. Not only do things change: companies retrench, are bought out or operations move locations, but you might also feel like it’s simply time for a career change.

If you want the best career possible, or want to move on quickly if and when the time comes, here are a few career stunting mistakes you should avoid at all costs:

Mistake I: Not taking up new challenges or learning

Ignoring new trends in your industry and doing things the old-fashioned way will not push your career to greater heights. Instead your skills and knowledge will dwindle and eventually be outdated. Step outside your comfort zone. Acquire as much as you can about your industry; take on new projects, keep up to date with the latest technology and the best practices.

Mistake II: Avoiding networking and looking for new opportunities

Declining any and all opportunities to attend industry or company events, and constantly isolating yourself will not get you far. By meeting new people, whether within your industry or company, you’re inadvertently building a contact base – which will be beneficial when looking for a new job. In addition, networking will assist you in exploring various other possibilities in your industry, including what kind of positions your peers hold and how much they earn.

Mistake III: Leaving a bad impression

Inability to maintain confidentiality and participation in gossip is likely to destroy any chances of a promotion or new job opportunity. It’s important to remain professional and respectful at all times – avoid any gossip chains, be it with your colleagues, boss or office friends. Also remember to apply the same principle to your social media posts as well.

Mistake IV: Not performing to your full potential

Not being a team player and not delivering above and beyond of what’s expected of you will send out all the wrong messages. Therefore, try to always give your best and don’t shy away from taking on new challenges and opportunities.

Changing your mindset and adopting these small habits will lead to small gains.

6 Things not to do to if success is what you’re after

Things not to do to achieve success

We all want to achieve success at some stage in our lives. But some of us don’t realise that to ignite that success fire, sometimes the trick has less to do with what to do and more to do with what not to do.

Unproductive habits and thought patterns can have a crippling effect on how much success we actually achieve. So to help you on your quest to become victorious, we’ve summed up a few habits you need to let go of… Today!

Don’t wear a mask.

Life’s too short to live each day worried about what people think or say about you. Be it the way you dress, the way you speak, the way you feel or what you believe in; you cannot stop being you to please other people. So refrain from living in people’s shadows and start living your own life.

Don’t wait for someone else to do it.

One thing you need to realise is that life ends the instant you choose to silence yourself and hold back from addressing problems that matter. Don’t let the stresses of the world stop you in your tracks. Don’t shy away from your thoughts and feelings. Instead, let your voice be heard. Know your worth and do whatever it takes to get things done.

You are braver than what you think, stronger than what you seem, and twice as capable as you’ve ever imagined. – Marc Chernoff

Don’t hold on to everything.

Life does not stay the same. It changes. And as it evolves so should you. When things don’t seem to make sense in your life, it’s okay to let go. Always remember: Giving up and moving on are not the same thing. And it’s ok to change your mind.

Remember, to learn is to grow, to grow is to change – change for the better.

Don’t neglect your close friendships.

It’s important to hold onto good friendships. Friends are good for your health; they increase your sense of belonging and purpose and can boost your happiness. Stay connected to your friends, fight for them and allow them to fight for you. Don’t push them away by being too distracted, busy or tired. And don’t take them for granted.

Don’t make everything seem like such a chore.

Remember that to live is a privilege. Therefore, refocusing your thoughts from feelings of “having to do” certain things to “getting to do” them will do so much for your energy levels, happiness and effectiveness.

Don’t be lazy

Contrary to what you may think, the world doesn’t owe you anything. Instead, it is you who owes the world something. So stop sitting around in hope of something happening. Get up and make things happen. Substitute laziness for determination.

Laziness is being unable to find the time you have.  Determination is being able to find the time you don’t have. – Marc Chernoff