Hmm. I don't consider myself overly disciplined, but I have been successful in my line of work. I still consider it a job, not a career. I've never had a mentor. I did take some classes - most especially for computer skills, and for public speaking.Wilhou2015 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:41 amMany people on this forum are very successful financially. Many of you are probably very disciplined.
What are your habits that elevate your success?
Do you read, take classes, have a mentor? Do you have a daily routine or habit that sets you apart? I would love to hear what habits you use to develop yourself personally or professionally.
I would say that my willingness to facilitate meetings and speak publicly is probably a big part of why I have been steadily promoted. I also think some of it is due to my personality - I am a very linear thinker and good at synthesizing large amounts of information into action, which works well with the (mostly) men in leadership roles in my profession. I'm not sidelined as "emotional", which I've seen happen to highly educated female colleagues.
I am also a careful negotiator. When I am headhunted to apply for another job, I apply. In some instances, I've taken the new job. In other instances, I have declined it, and used that opportunity to research and request a salary bump at my current job. I am very well paid now (early 50's) and I have an enormous amount of autonomy over my schedule and my workflow.
Habits that elevate my success: don't miss deadlines. Do the hard work. Don't watch the clock - put in the time to conclude what you're working on. Be willing to move into management, and learn those rules & policies. Figure out how to handle conflict. Learn how to say "no" as well as "yes" - people respect you more if you say "no" occasionally. Don't hang out with gossips. Keep confidentiality. Be known as a person who does the right thing, even when no one is looking - your reputation means something. Give credit to others generously.
Personally: marry well. Create peace in your home life as a primary goal. Get at least 7 hours of sleep regularly. Step away from work email when you're at home. Say thank you when your spouse steps up. Choose to do some things that cost more money, but give more joy. Travel the world as possible - it expands your horizons in useful ways. Learn how to DIY for house projects - early on, you'll have less money and more time, so that will be helpful. When you're older (and have more money but less time) you'll know when you're being bamboozled. Take care of your health, and see the doctor annually. Read a lot - you never know what you might learn.
Best of luck!