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.
His Seattle Seahawks ran away with the Super Bowl the other night, and it’s clear that Coach Pete Carroll can lead a team to victory.
But Carroll also knows a bit about managing a successful career, despite – or perhaps because of – experiencing some hiccups along the way.
He’s faced multiple firings, a few “demotions”, and massive opposition from fans.
When reviewing Pete Carroll’s extensive career, you can’t help but appreciate these lessons young professionals can adopt toward their own careers:
This post was inspired by these thoughts by Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.”
In yesterday’s Part One, we discussed the first five qualities of the world’s top performers: self-awareness, value, networking skills, confidence and gratitude. And now, Part Two of “The 10 Proven Qualities of The World’s Top Performers”…
No one wants to be an underachiever. No one wants to be average. And I know, for the most part, we all try to rise to the top.
So why are we not all there? What stops us from being top performers too? Maybe we lack the motivation to get there. Or maybe…it just feels unreachable.
As a company that’s helped thousands of professionals develop their careers; we’ve found certain qualities that differentiate the top from the bottom. The good news is that each of these “traits” can be learned and developed.
Without further ado, here are the 10 qualities of a top performer: