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Valuable Career Lessons from These Business Professionals

Posted by Guest Post on Dec 28, 2021 8:50:37 AM

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When it comes to building your career, there’s always room to learn. Everyone has their own set of tips, tricks, and opinions, and listening to others can bring valuable knowledge to your business. Check out the following tips gathered from various business professionals.

    1. Fostering An Open Door Policy 

“Having a sense of community within your organization is so important. The feeling of community grows within the mindset of the people in the organization. I think this starts with company leaders involving themselves in the cares and concerns of employees. One thing I’ve found to be helpful is developing an open-door policy so that people feel free to give feedback or ask questions.”
                                                                - John Lenz, VP Sales/President Hospitality at Intelligent Blends

    2. Prioritize Your Health 

“As a business professional, it is easy to concentrate on work and neglect mental health. However, success in your career starts from the inside out. Working hard is great but overworking yourself can lead to burnout, stress, anxiety, and long-term health issues. Being successful in your career should not require sacrificing your health. Take time to prioritize your personal health and the positive effects will translate into your work.”

                                                 - Jeffrey Pitrak, Marketing and Account Manager at Transient Specialists


     3. Build Aspiring Relationships

“You'll want to keep in touch with top candidates for potential opportunities, especially for a small business. For qualified talent you don't want to lose, consider meeting with them informally every so often. Then, once you do have open positions for these prospective applicants, they'll remember the effort you put into building the relationship and be more interested in applying. By thinking creatively with your hiring efforts, you can set your team up for success now and in the future. This potentially leads to building stronger relationships and keeps trust high.”

                                                                                                                       - Daniel Kane, Founder at Ridge

     4. Always Advocate for Yourself

“ Whether you’re just starting out your career or you’ve been in the game for a while, an important thing to remember is to always advocate for yourself. No one is going to track all of your accomplishments, work, and progress better than you can and if you are diligent in recording your work, you have a lot of evidence to offer when you’re in your review and looking to get moved up in your career. Not only will tracking your progress allow you to be your own biggest cheerleader and boost the confidence you have in your career, but it gives other people reason to believe how good you are at what you do!” 

                                                                               - Alex Schmitt, Digital PR Specialist at Save the Children

     5. There Is Always More To Learn 

“One of the most valuable lessons learned throughout my career is that there is always more to learn. There will never be a point in time, no matter how old or how experienced, that you will know everything about your role or company. Always take advice from people, no matter if you want to apply it or not. The ones who think they know it all and want to stop learning will get left behind very quickly. We live in a world where things are constantly changing in the workforce, and being open to new thoughts and ideas will most always benefit you. Investing yourself in learning new things will allow you to excel so much more in your role, and even allow you to teach others.”
                                                     - Megan Jones, Community Outreach Manager at NutraSweet Natural

     6. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone 

“You can become stuck in your professional career pretty quickly if you decide to stick with what you already know. The most successful professionals understand that you need to be malleable and able to pivot at any given time. Staying flexible will ensure that you’re prepared for any type of opportunity thrown your way. Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Not only does diversifying yourself help you professionally, but it can add spice to your life, both at home and at work, and will keep you from falling back into any routines or patterns.”
                                                                                    - Himanshu Agarwal, SVP of Solutions at WorkBoard

     7. Keep Yourself Productive 

“Motivation and productivity have snowball-like effects. Once you get the ball rolling, it will begin to pick up momentum. Due to this, you should be just as productive outside of work as you are at the job. There are always going to be tough days at work, but don’t let those days make you lose motivation. Simply meeting up with some friends or hitting the gym for a half hour can keep the productivity ball rolling. The act of doing even the smallest of tasks will add to your momentum. You’re not always going to have your best day, but small amounts of progress each day will give you enough satisfaction to keep you moving. Remember, productivity is a momentum game, you must keep the ball rolling!”
                                                                            - Kate Lipman, Sales & Marketing Consultant at embrace

      8. Don’t Be Afraid To Fail, Be Afraid To Repeat Your Mistakes 

“The most impactful lesson I’ve learned over the course of my career is that failure is inevitable, but it’s how you react to this fear and the stress that comes with it that determines your success. Don’t be afraid to take risks or try new things because even if you fail, it becomes an opportunity for you to learn. Failure becomes fatal if you continue to make the same mistakes, but being self-aware and reflective prevents this from happening. Whenever I’ve been met with the potential of failing, I visualize my success and shift my brain to view my anxiety as excitement and stress as “good” stress because I care about what I’m pursuing.”
                                                                                                   - Adrian Pereira, Co-Founder at Eco Pea Co.

      9. Be Honest About Yourself and Your Work

“Why be dishonest about anything? Honesty is by far the best method that we as a species should use to communicate and solve problems through any scenario, be it at home or at work. Dishonesty in the workplace, however, can lead to quite a bit of confusion, misleading information, and underperformance from not only you, but for all of you leaders and co-workers as well! Be honest to everyone about how your work is going so if you’re ever in a tough spot, any co-worker could help you and be the guiding light to solve all of your problems. Even if you’re having personal issues with your work or the workplace, being honest and finding out the proper solution to the problem will always lead you to victory.”
                                                                                           - Alex Bell, Outreach Specialist at 1-800-Pack-Rat

      10. Take Risks

“In order to advance your career you are going to have to take risks. Don’t pass up opportunities to grow. Take on projects that challenge you, work in an unfamiliar area, or leave a job altogether for a better opportunity! You may never know what kinds of career possibilities are out there for you unless you take the risk and act on them.” 
                                                                      - Andrew Grant, Cofounder and Head of Marketing at Dutch


      11. No One Really Knows

“You can be exploring the internet and you will come across countless sites or articles that claim they know how to boost business or “make you a millionaire” but at the end of the day different things work for different people. No one really knows what will work for their career until they explore and try different things. You may think you want your career to go one way but in the end you may find yourself happier when going in another direction.”

                            - Rich Rudzinski, Founder and Technical Strategist for and Tragic Media


    12. Be Optimistic and Know Your Worth

One of the most valuable things you can learn in your career is to keep your head held high and know your worth. Everybody comes from different backgrounds and grew up with a different set of values, however, it is extremely important to know how to carry yourself in the working world. There will be many work opportunities to learn and grow from, not every job will be your favorite but if you can identify what you took away from it and learn how to grow from it, then you are one step closer to reaching your version of success. Each job has its challenges, but you must know your worth throughout the process. If a job or employer is treating you unfairly, you must know how to properly stick up for yourself and not let that behavior continue. With each opportunity you have, you need to keep your head held high, be optimistic, and know your worth and value to each job because it will only help you become a more successful person down the road.” 

                                                                             - Aaron McWilliams, Director of Marketing at 1Dental


      13. Bet on Yourself

“Don’t be afraid to bet on yourself. Maybe you’ve always had that idea in your head but you’ve been too afraid to start your own company, or too afraid to bring that idea to your manager. Be confident in your abilities and do whatever it takes to reach your goal. Betting on yourself requires you to stop using all those excuses in your head and hold yourself accountable for your own success.”

                                                                   - Jonathan Finegold, Sr. eCommerce Manager at MedCline


      14. Be A Team Player

“Although it is important to be concerned with your own success and career advancement, being a team player will benefit not only your company but yourself! When you are less concerned with your own personal performance, but rather the success of your employer you’ll actually become more productive and have a clearer view on your job. Being a team player will also improve your relationship with co-workers in turn making your job more enjoyable as well!”

                                                                          - Brooke Wilson, Community Outreach Manager at Fabric


      15. Happiness Is Not A Destination

“A person will now achieve long term happiness by finally getting that promotion at work, or making a big sale. Sure they will be happy momentarily but achieving happiness is a journey. Being happy is a habit, a routine, and sometimes it takes a person a long time to figure out what it is that makes them happy. But once they do find what makes them happy, they will find themselves being more successful in their career.”

                                                                - Chris Hunter, Director of Customer Relations for ServiceTitan


      16. Keep Your Social Life Away From Screens


“If you spend a majority of your time socializing online then you are just missing out on connections in the real world. Keep your social life offline and focus on building real relationships. You will gain more life experience by interacting with people in the real world which can ultimately lead to a more successful career. It may seem a little silly, but knowing how to properly interact with people in real life can have a very positive impact on your career.”

                                                                                        - Gregg Dean, Co-founder and CEO of Layla Sleep

      17. Find a Mentor

Despite your age or experience level, it’s always a good idea to have a mentor that you can look to for advice, ask questions, and trust to aid your decisions in the workplace. Many people feel that they’re too old to have a mentor in their career, or don’t want to look to someone else for advice, but the right person can bring a world of difference to how you approach your career. Another important thing to remember in mentorship is that even if someone has less experience than you, they can still be a mentor. If they lack some business experience, they can still help guide you through life decisions, and critical choices.”

                                                                                  - Sanem Ahearn, Head of Marketing at Colorescience


       18. Sometimes Change is Needed


“The days of working for a company for 30-40 years are over. If you are the kind of person who shows up on time and gets their work done, but is still treated like crap, then it may be time to move on. Some businesses look out for their employees, while others don’t. If your company doesn’t compensate you enough, start looking for opportunities. There are tons of companies that are looking to hire good people. Take some time to do your research. You may have to change career fields, but it will be worth it if you are paid better and treated like a human instead of a robot.” 

                                                                                            - Jason Butler, Founder at My Money Chronicles


       19. Look for Growth Opportunities

“As a business professional, you should always be thinking about ways to become the best version of yourself. You should think to yourself ‘what can I do to make this environment better? What is my next step towards success? Is there anything I can do to make me more of an asset to my team?’ As a business professional I am always looking for ways to grow. Whether that be talking to a mentor about next steps in your professional growth, taking a course in a developing field or networking with other professionals in your field, there is always room for growth. It is important to seek out growth opportunities because they will help you develop into a multi-faceted team player.” 

                                                                              - Jason Brandt, Customer Success Director at Podopolo

      20. Accepting Failures


As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you recognize failures and grow from them. It is so easy to let yourself get into a bad headspace after a failure, no matter how small. The key is not letting it bring you down but instead being a learning experience. As tough as it is to swallow, failure is a building block of success. Pushing boundaries and trying to take your business where no man has gone before, leaves a lot of room for error but that’s okay. Failure is good as long as you don’t let it define you.” 

                                                                                                                          - Brandon Brown, CEO at Grin


       21. It’s Okay To Pivot 


“It is okay to pivot ideas completely. You may plan for certain campaigns or projects to go a certain way, and as things launch or are being tested, you may realize that something needs to change. Change is okay and responding to change actually results in a way better answer than the initial attempt. I have learned this valuable lesson in my career and want to instill this value in other entrepreneurs so they can grow too. Remember that it is okay to change as things come up, be prepared to pivot.”

                                                                                - Jacob Dayan, CEO and Co-founder of Community Tax

       22. Ask For Help

“Any true entrepreneur knows that it takes a village to create a successful business. Once you start working through problems and exercising every resource you can, it is okay to ask for help. Professionals farther along in their career are very willing to help out young entrepreneurs who have done their homework, because it is very likely that one day not too long ago they were in your shoes. Sometimes it is more efficient to ask for help than to keep trying to overcome a problem you have already tried to work through time and time again. Don’t be afraid to offer help in return, maybe you’re hiring for someone in the department you need help with, maybe you have other projects you could collaborate on, or maybe you can give back somewhere in your community. At the end of the day, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and willingly lend your hand in the community where you can.”

                                                                                         - Tom Mumford,  Co-Founder of Undergrads LLC

       23. Invest In Your Technical Skills

“When you are starting out in your career, it’s important to show why you stand out from others who are applying in the same career field as you. One thing that helped me stay on top of others when applying for jobs was taking time to learn technical skills such as programming & understanding certain applications used in my field. By learning & understanding these technical skills, you will be able to create a solid foundation for your future career & open the door to new possibilities by having that knowledge that gives you an edge over the competition.”

                                                                                                  - Sacha Ferrandi, Founder at Source Capital


        24. Find Your Purpose

“Finding your purpose is a key step to finding your ideal career path. If you're unhappy with the work you're doing, you need to evaluate the purpose of your career, your work, or even your industry. It's important to find your correct path as having no purpose can lead to poor mental health, and an unfulfilling life. While determining your purpose can help you make an impact and create change in the world.”

                                                                                                                   - Daniel Ward, Editor at Invoice2go


       25. Don’t Take Shortcuts

“There is no shortcut to success. The only way to achieve success is through dedication. Commitment to achieve your goals is absolutely crucial. This fundamental principle of success is true for every field, whether you are talking about careers, sports, technology, business, art, piano; and everything in between. If you are not willing to make the effort to carve out the time to attain your goals, then you are wasting your time - period.”

                                                                                                           - Chris Panteli, Founder of LifeUpswing

      26. Figure Out What Makes You Stand Out

“Highlighting your traits helps you to clarify your message. Check-in with yourself and see where you sit with what you offer to others compared to your competition, what your colleagues know or don’t know about you, and how you approach your work. These are only the start of creating a personal brand, but if you have trouble answering these questions, it’s best to touch base with a colleague, family member, or friend to help verify where you sit in other eyes.”

                                                                                                         -Dhruv Sampat, Founder of Studypaq

Overall, implementing small changes like these to your lifestyle is a great way to shift your perspective on how you do business. Your career is dependent on the effort you put toward it, and taking advice from other successful professionals is the perfect starting point.


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