At the start of your career? A career is created through a succession of efforts large and small, each one building momentum and substance. A snowball starts out as a single snowflake, like a single idea. Combine that with more ideas, and know how, and inspiration and you’ve got yourself a snowball. Keep adding to that, and eventually the smallest snowball can grow to monumental size. By becoming proficient in several areas, you can help that snowball grow as surely as by rolling it down a mountain.
Expand your learning
Once your career starts to accumulate some success and your snowball gets noticeably bigger, you may be inclined to let it roll down that mountain on its own. Of course, that would be a mistake. Without your constant attention, it could roll off a cliff, it could hit a tree and break apart, it could hit a relatively flat section and stop altogether. One of the best ways to keep that snowball on course is by consistently improving your skills. Learn new things. Expand your areas of knowledge, especially as they pertain to your career. Meet with experts in your field. Get inspired by them. Learn and take your career into new or different directions.
Don’t celebrate success by spending inordinate amounts of money
Even if you’re accumulating some wealth, it’s important not to get ahead of yourself by spending an expected income, or even spending to your current limits. You want to always be adding to that snowball to help it grow. Think about your future. Instead of spending, save. Let that money build on itself.
Force yourself out of your comfort zone
Your comfort zone is like a leveling off on the mountain. An area where there simply isn’t enough of a decline for the snowball to keep moving, and if it’s not moving, it’s not growing. People stay in their comfort zones because they get lazy, because they’re scared, because they’re comfortable. No great career is built by a lazy, scared, comfortable person. It’s built by someone willing to take chances, willing to try new things. Willing to fail in order to succeed. According to Jacob Morgan writing for Forbes, getting out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can do for your career.
Beware of time thieves
Of course, you have a life outside of your business. If you don’t – get one! That being said, there are some things you can do with your free time that will lead to your betterment, while there are others that will in no way help. Have fun, enjoy physical activities, talk to interesting people, volunteer, initiate a community project. Putting your free time to good use makes you feel great. It invigorates you. Of course, you can still enjoy things like TV, but it’s one thing to enjoy your favorite television shows. It’s another thing altogether to lose yourself to the hypnotic pull of Netflix for four or five hours at a time on a regular basis. Despite the fact that it’s called free time, if you waste it, you can be sure you’re paying for it!