Becoming the best you can be in the workplace should always top your list of professional goals. The list of potential benefits is long, including promotions, salary increases and insulating yourself (as much as you can) when the inevitable layoff occurs.
Each of us has our own idea of what characteristics make up a top employee. There are a few traits, however, that are shared by peak performers in any industry at any career level.
Strive to hit the next level. Here are 10 traits of amazing employees:
The world recently learned three things about Google:
1. CEO Eric Schmidt received $106 million in bonuses in 2013. Maybe that’s because the company’s sales reached $16.9 billion in the fourth quarter of last year ALONE.
2. You can now add Google Glass hardware to actual prescription eyeglass frames.
3. When you type common career questions into a Google search, you get really depressing results.
That got me thinking: what other career issues have people typed into Google? I did a search, and what I found was interesting, and sometimes quite funny:
Most of us have had that unsettling feeling. We feel like we work hard… but our job just doesn’t matter?
As the thought progresses we think, what if we stopped showing up to work. Everything would likely move along just fine.
If you’ve had this feeling about your job, then go see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
In it, Mitty discovers – despite initial appearances to the contrary – that his contribution at work really does matter.
You’re a young professional… you’re capable, ready to take on the working world at full speed and you know you can do anything your boss put in front of you! Right? Great attitude!
Keep in mind though… many people add emphasis to the “young” in young professional…
You don’t have to work 80 hours per week to reach the top of your profession. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. The truth is, the key to success in your career and a fulfilling life is simpler than that.
Sounds like a get rich quick sales pitch, perhaps… but it’s not. Here’s the key, the secret to getting ahead professionally: Acquire new skills.