5 Things I Would Do Differently if I Could Start My Career Again

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My career over the past seven years hasn’t been perfect—in fact, we could all agree that if we had the chance, we’d probably turn back time and do certain things a little bit differently.

Alas, this isn’t possible (otherwise someone please tell me where can I get one of those time machines). However, I have learned several valuable lessons throughout my experience that might help you as you navigate your own career.

Pst—you’re not too late to do any of these things!

1. Invest Less in Materials, More in Your Mind

The trajectory of your career will be largely based on how you decide to spend your initial paychecks. You’ll be tempted to spend it on getting a nicer apartment, upgrading your clothes, and going out to fancier restaurants.

While these aren’t necessarily bad things—you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while—you might want to think about spending your money on knowledge instead. It’ll not only give you the greatest return on investment, but also be the one thing that lasts over time.

There are certain skills that are applicable to any job, such as communication, knowing how to effectively read and write, building strong relationships, networking, and time management, while there are obviously others that are more specific to your industry.

To expand on any of these, you have several options for investing your money (instead of having a luxurious weekend away)—you can take an online class, or buy a career-boosting book, or even hire a career coach.

2. Make Health a Number One Priority

Health is the foundation that accelerates everything in your life, including your career. It elevates your creativity, energy, and grit to get through the inevitable ups and downs you’ll experience.

For far too long, I struggled to find breakthroughs in my career because I was neglecting my health, both mental and physical. This led to having less willpower and discipline during my day, and thus being less productive over time.

Prioritizing your health isn’t just a one-time task. It actually has to take priority over everything you do. That means scheduling it into your calendar, making investments to buy the right food and exercise regularly, and even giving up other bad habits.

It’s true: Once you have your health together, everything else comes easier.

3. Learn How to Best Manage Your Time (Whatever That Means for You)

How we spend our time ultimately determines how much we accomplish in our lifetime. While 30 minutes here or there getting sucked into Facebook or taking one too many coffee breaks doesn’t feel like much, it can start to add up in a bad way.

The thing is, how you manage your time is something only you can figure out—everyone works through their to-dos in different ways.

The best time management tactics I’ve learned over time—that might help you get started—are usually the simplest. For example, you can try scheduling everything into your calendar so each task has a specific time frame for completion.

Or, you can try the “One Thing” strategy of asking yourself, “What’s the onetask I can complete that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?”

Or, you can try one of these six better productivity hacks for people who don’t love the “famous” ones.

We can’t control how time passes, but we can maximize it to be, do, and achieve more.

4. Treat Every Relationship as Life-Long

The person you meet today may be someone you work with two, five, or 10 years from now. He or she could be an employee you want to hire, a potential business partner, or even your future boss.

When you treat every relationship as a lifelong relationship, you’ll be more giving, more patient, and more pleasant to be around.

To practice this daily, you need to focus on giving first without expecting anything in return. This might mean checking in with someone you met at a networking event via social media or over email every few months to see what’s new with them. Or, setting aside time in your calendar to regularly have lunch with team members.

And, you never know how even the most insignificant relationships will help you down the road. For example, because she stayed in contact with a networking connection, Ann Shoket, author and former Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine, turned a one-time meetup into the job that launched her career.

5. Think Bigger

One of the most common regrets I hear from successful people I interviewis that they “didn’t think big enough.”

Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves the permission to receive them. I’m sure there are things you have in your life today that five years ago you only dreamed about.

Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

For example, billionaire and co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel came up with a great question you can ask yourself to do just this:

What would you have to do if you want to achieve your 10-year goal in six months?

As unrealistic as it may sound, this level of thinking forces you to break past your current limitations and fears and ultimately approach your career with confidence, ambition, and a clear head.

 

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The 6 Best Job Search Lessons

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The prospect of returning to work after years away from my career was daunting. I faced a host of challenges: a lack of recent and relevant experience, outdated corporate skills, and uncertainty about my Baby Boomer place in a Millennial-focused world.

I still thought, however, based upon my early career success and an advanced degree in my field, that I’d get a great offer in no time. It didn’t happen. My strategy—jumping into a role that was the wrong fit (and later leaving), followed by picking up consulting gigs here and there and then trying to explain it all in a resume with gaps and changes—was failing. I needed a strategic shift.

So I changed everything, from how I was approaching the job search process to my end goal. As a result, I applied for and landed a returnship, with Goldman Sachs. (If you’ve never heard of it, a returnship is an internship for people returning to the workforce.) It enabled me to add current and substantive experience to my resume, and reset my career path so I could once again move forward.

Here are the six most important lessons I learned in my quest to get back on track.

1. Update Your Online Presence

Being a somewhat tech-savvy boomer, I had a LinkedIn profile.

But too many people have ones that are lackluster or outdated. If that’s you, place this at the top of your to-do list. Both recruiters and hiring managers use the site to find and screen candidates. (If you’re starting from scratch, here are 10 steps to creating an “all-star” profile.)

I left off dates for my degrees to minimize age bias, and truncated my experience to the past 10 to 15 years (I recommend you do the same!).

2. Network—Always

You may think that networking is just for young professionals who need to meet new people. That’s simply not true. It’s beneficial regardless of your age.

For example, I had a friend put in a good word for me, and I know that helped me to be considered for the role at Goldman.

Here are four things you should start doing (if you’re not already):

  • Periodically touch base with professional contacts. Be memorable by sending a personal note and an interesting article once a month.
  • Let the other person know that you respect their time by being specific when you have an “ask.” Say (or write): “I’d really appreciate your perspective—can we speak/meet for 15 minutes?” And then stick with that time commitment.
  • Extend your network. Ask your contacts to connect you with their contacts. (Here’s an email template for requesting an introduction.)
  • Follow-up with a thank you note, every time. Take it to the next level by offering to be of help if they ever need your perspective or expertise.

3. Make it Easy for People to Help You

If you’re asking someone to refer you, give them everything they need, so they can simply send along your details.

So, if you’re applying to a role at their company, this includes the job name, job number, your resume, and bullets outlining what skills and experience you’d bring that match the requirements for the role.

People are busy, and so if you give them a complete email they can simply forward, it’s a lot more likely it’ll get passed on.

4. Refine Your Elevator Pitch

When you’ve had a lot of experience, it’s important (though often hard) to be clear about your objectives.

What are your areas of expertise?

What type of role are you looking for?

It’ll be tempting to rattle off everything you’ve done in the past, or say, “I can really do anything.” But a long speech can be overwhelming for listeners—and can make you look overqualified—and unfocused. So, cut it down and zero in on one thing you want the other person to come away with. My rule of thumb is that it should be no longer than 30 seconds.

5. Practice Self-Care

Unreturned emails, closed doors, and rejection all sting. But, it happens to pretty much everyone, especially when you’re outside the “sweet spot” of hiring prospects.

There’ll be surprises for better and worse: People that you’d have bet would be right there to help aren’t; and people you barely knew will do all they can.

So, it’s all the more important to be kind to yourself: go the gym, meet friends, and see a movie! That stuff may seem frivolous when you’re job searching, but it’ll help you feel happier—and keep you from letting your identity be wrapped up in your professional life.

6. Pay it Forward

Once you’ve landed in your new role, do what you can to help a colleague or friend of a friend. It could be at work, like offering to mentor junior employees.

Or, it could be that someone contacts you seeking your advice. Remember how you felt when you were job searching and do your best to find the time!

And of course, when you’re hiring in the future, give those who’ve had winding career paths a second look.

After my 10-week returnship program ended, I was asked to stay on for another year—and I did, happily. When my role recently came to an end, leaving Goldman Sachs was bittersweet.

But one thing that made me feel better is that I knew I was ready to find my next, more permanent position. On this search, I have not only a solid and recent accomplishment to leverage, but all of the lessons I’ve learned the last time around, as well as some new and treasured Millennial friends.

 

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5 Career-Boosting New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

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I have good news for you: I’m going to take all the drama out of your new year’s resolutions.

This year, I encourage you to toss aside the been-there, done-that options—lose weight, work out more, be less stressed—and instead focus on a few totally attainable ones. Lazy person’s resolutions, if you will.

Psychologists say that your best chances for keeping this promise to yourself depend on your having the capability, the opportunity, and the motivation to see it through. Given these factors, it’s understandable that a whopping 80% of us fail within the first 30 days.

It’s my personal belief then that the majority of us are making the wrong resolutions. The five suggestions ahead are, as promised, drama-free, and absolutely achievable.

1. Learn One Thing That Has No Practical Application in Your Life

When Steve Jobs studied calligraphy, he marveled at the beauty and artistry of the technique. In a commencement address at Stanford in 2005, Jobs admitted that learning the skill wasn’t the most pragmatic thing he’s ever done. Little did he know how his experience would deeply influence his sense of design at Apple.

This is the year to follow his lead. Have you always daydreamed about putting a car together from spare parts? Making your own wine? Learning graphic design? Resolve to take a course, attend a conference, read an instructional book, or find that mentor who can stoke your curiosity and teach you about something you have a burning desire to know.

Forget about the practicality part of it and have fun. You never know where it might take you.

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2. Have One Experience That Stretches You

If you’re hoping to move up in your organization or career, look for one experience this year that will help you do just that. Maybe that means volunteering to help put on an industry conference that will ultimately lend your company the brand exposure it’s been seeking, thereby placing you in a prime position for promotion and praise.

Even if that’s not the end result of you trying your hand at something outside your career comfort zone, it’s likely to introduce you to new people, offer you a memorable new learning experience, and lead you to discover insight about yourself.

Again, as with learning a less-than-practical new skill or hobby, you never know where this stretch could lead you, what career-path door it might open.

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3. Learn One Tech Skill

Pick one tech skill you’d like to learn, and find out how to do it. Of course, no tech conversation would be complete without a mention of coding and the sheer number of beginner and intermediate classes available now as a result. As one of the biggest in-demand skills today, learning the basics can hardly do harm. Check out Lynda.com and Codecademy for more info.

If it’s Photoshop (another coveted skill as of late) that’s on your mind, there are plenty of ways you can get more comfortable with digital design. Consider one of the various online course sites, including classes offered by Skillshare or CreativeLive to get started. The options are almost endless, so there’s no excuse for why you can’t find one that interests you.

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4. Read 3 Books That’ll Push Your Career Forward

So, you’re not much of a reader. You don’t have time. You’re too distracted. Too busy. This year, I challenge you to read one whole book every four months. They can be straight-up business options, fiction, a biography, whatever—just make sure you’re choosing ones that will make you think, that’ll inspire you on whatever path you’re on.

Yes, you can still have some lighter reads. But go out of your way this year to pick three that’ll help you advance, and not just give you an escape.

Go to your favorite independent bookstore, hop on Amazon, or get a library card (it’s easy and free!) and start making a list of things you’d like to read. My guess is you’ll quickly surpass the three you set out to read and perhaps enliven a long-lost love of reading or discover a newfound one.

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5. Plan One Unplugged Weekend—48 Hours With No Wi-Fi

You are reliant on technology. It rules your life in many ways, and I get it. I’m no different—always checking my email, reading important articles and tweeting about them, scoping out LinkedIn’s newest features—but I’ve gotten in the habit of disconnecting every now and then, and it feels great! Not only that, but I believe it’s helped me from reaching that point of burnout. In author Joan Borysenko’s book Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, she discusses how always being online puts you at risk for burning out on the job.

If you’re constantly logged on, 24/7, checking your email in the middle of the night when you get up for a glass of water, for example, I challenge you to step away from your devices for one entire weekend. At the very least, it’ll stave off lassitude, but at most, it’ll lead to a creative and more energized you. And who knows where your career will take you then?

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You don’t need to set a ton of resolutions this year. You simply need one good one that will have a positive and generative impact on your life and your frame of mind. Stay out of the judgment zone, and be inspired to start a year that’s all about you, in the best way possible.

 

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The Best Advice to Read if You’re Struggling to Quit a Job You Hate

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You know you’re on the wrong career path, but can’t pull yourself away. To do so would be to give up all you’ve invested and admit failure (to everyone). So, you stick it out—despite desperately wanting to change course.

Sound familiar?

It turns out, there’s actually a name for this kind of behavior: the escalation of commitment.

Escalation of commitment (often just called “irrational escalation,” which should tell you something) is the behavior that leads us to continue to invest time, money, or effort into a bad decision or unproductive course of action even when, deep down, we know it’s all wrong.

It happens in a number of situations—for example, an organization continues to pursue a project they know is bound to fail, or a group of people decides to wait for a table at a restaurant after already having waited for 30 minutes. And, it’s the main reason we’re afraid to change careers and choose to stay in a job we hate.

So, why do we do this?

We’re Scared to Turn Back After Already Spending So Much Time and Money

In economics, there’s a concept called “sunk costs,” otherwise known as money you’ve spent that can’t be recovered. What researchers have found is that people act irrationally in the face of sunk costs—basically, because they’ve already invested X amount of money into something, they have to keep doing it, even if it’s ultimately doomed to fail or the wrong decision for them.

Take my personal story for a real-life example: Before starting my own career coaching business, I was a lawyer. Despite being unhappy, I struggled to leave. Because to leave would be to say I’d wasted a lot of time and a lot of money.

The same goes for everything you’ve put into your career so far—maybe you’ve spent 10 years in sales working your butt off, and are now realizing it’s not for you. Or, you’ve enrolled in a an engineering boot camp only to discover you don’t enjoy coding as much as you thought.

The thing about sunk costs is they’re just that: sunk, gone, irretrievable. But they’re not a waste. Everything you do makes you a better, smarter, and more informed person, even if it doesn’t directly contribute to your dream career.

And this means that almost any skill can be transferable with the right mindset (and the right wording on your resume).

We’re Scared to Admit Failure

A harder, more personal hurdle to overcoming the escalation of commitment is self-justification, or the urge to protect our egos from failure.

We self-justify our actions for two reasons:

The first reason is because we don’t like to admit defeat, to ourselves or anyone else.

Have you ever gotten into an argument with a friend, and about halfway into the discussion realized they were right? What did you do—admit you were wrong and apologize, or continue arguing for your cause?

If you chose the latter option, that’s the ego part of escalation of commitment coming into play—you’d rather continue to stand by your decision, knowing fully well it’s incorrect, than admit you were wrong from the beginning.

The second reason we self-justify is because we favor consistency in ourselves and others. Society rewards people who stick it out and are persistent. So, we worry that changing course now will make us look lazy and quick to give up.

If all this is hitting close to home, don’t fret! Your ego doesn’t have to be right—in fact, if we didn’t experience failure and inconsistency in our lives, we’d never grow and learn from our mistakes.

So, if you’re in this situation, do these three things:

  1. Acknowledge how much you’ve changed since you chose this path: By separating the person you were from the person you are today, you’re creating psychological distance and giving yourself permission to change your mind. You’ve changed. Your career can, too.
  2. Remember that you’re more than just your job: Create a list of everything you’ll still have if you change careers—your family, your friends, your hobbies, your passions. By reinforcing your identity outside of work, you’ll see that while switching paths will require change, it won’t upend your entire life.
  3. Remember that success isn’t always linear: Though the idea of a linear path sounds comforting, it doesn’t make much sense if it’s a straight path to misery. If your definition of success isn’t possible on this path, the only way to be successful is to turn around. (For more information on how to define what success means to you, read this article and this one.)

Yes, making a change is scary, and full of uncertainties. But don’t let the escalation of commitment keep you from doing something you really want to do, and what might ultimately be a better decision for your career.

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20 Career-Boosting Steps You Can Take Before New Year’s Eve

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It’s finally December, and you’ve worked hard all year long. You wrote enough emails to fill a novel. You spent an average of seven hours a day on your computer. And, if you were working full-time, you probably spent 42 hours of your life battling traffic during your daily commute.

Whoa. If anyone deserves a chance to kick back and relax, it’s you!

But as tempting as it may be to spend the rest of December curled up with a big mug of cocoa, a snuggly blanket, and a never-ending Netflix queue, you probably want to avoid hibernating all month long.

Regardless of whether your job status is employed or unemployed, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of getting a jump-start on your career in the year ahead in the final days of the month.

Use the next few weeks wisely so that you can finish 2017 feeling clear, focused, and organized when the year comes to an inevitable close. (If you’re job hunting, this is an especially good time to get your ducks in a row because January is one of the best times to apply for a new job.)

Here are 20 career-boosting action steps to complete before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.

1. Write Down Your Wins

Make a list of your top 10 professional accomplishments from the past year. You can incorporate these “wins” into your resume the next time you spruce it up—employers love seeing descriptions of “accomplishments” as opposed to “duties.”

2. Congratulate Someone on Their Career Success

By celebrating others’ “wins,” you’ll reinforce the belief that you’re a positive, encouraging person—two qualities that are on every employer’s wish list!

3. Redesign Your Professional Materials

Order beautiful new business cards. And then, when that’s set, think about revamping your personal website.

4. Clean Out Your Inbox

Don’t just delete old emails and archive others. Take the next step and unsubscribe from mailing lists that waste your time.

5. Send a Thank You Note

Think of a colleague, manager, or mentor who helped or inspired you this past year, and let that person know you’re grateful for his or her assistance or inspiration. Sure, you could use email. But it would be better to use pen and paper. A handwritten note is a simple, classy way to make people feel special—and strengthen your professional network.

6. Read Up on How to Get Your Resume Close to Perfection

More specifically, read these 43 tips. They will only get you closer to getting that job you want. So, tweak your resume accordingly, or don’t be afraid to start over from scratch instead of building on one you’ve had for years.

7. Make That Revamped Resume Stylish

Find a beautiful new template among one of these 275 free templates and go forward with confidence as you send it out. (After tailoring it for each job, of course.)

8. Contact an Expert if You’re Lost

If you’re feeling stuck or don’t know where to begin, it might be worth it to pay an expert or hire a coach to get you past your obstacle.

9. Learn How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions

Your resume’s only doing the first part of the talking. The interview step is hugely important and not one that you can risk blowing. Prepare in advance by running through these common questions and you’ll likely ace it.

10. Update Your Professional Wardrobe

Make sure to purchase items that are both professional and industry-appropriate.

11. Invest in a Standing Desk

You won’t believe the health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s well worth speaking to your office manager about getting one for the office.

12. Reorganize Your Workspace

Remove clutter. Add beauty. Make a vision board or write a career manifesto and hang it above your desk.

13. Get on a Healthier Sleep Schedule

It’s no news that many Americans are sleep deprived, and being chronically tired is just as bad as going into work tipsy. The more rest you give yourself, the sharper and more productive you will be.

14. Google Yourself

Distasteful social media content? Snarky blog comments? That YouTube video that you uploaded during Mardi Gras circa 2009 still around? Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes, and make sure your online footprint makes a good first impression.

15. Take Your LinkedIn Presence to the Next Level

Start by adding a personal note when you send out invitations to join your network. You’d be surprised by how few people do this, so it’ll really make you stand out and get noticed.

16. Reach Out to Six People You’d Like to Connect With

Start lining up coffee dates for the first few weeks of January. (And before you go on any of them, make sure you know how to have the best coffee date ever.)

17. Choose a Skill You Want to Improve in 2018

It could be public speaking, time management, or creative writing. Sign up for a class, seminar, weekly writing group, whatever makes sense for you and whatever might get you motivated. Then decide how you’re going to develop that skill. Block out the time on your calendar now.

18. Read a Few Career-Boosting Classics

I recommend Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. More of a listener? Subscribe to a smart podcast or two. Mmm. Brain food you’ll actually start to crave.

19. Fill Your Inspiration Tank to the Brim

Read these 45 beautiful pieces of career advice. Or these 50 inspirational quotes that’ll make you feel ready to take on the world. Or, at least your personal goals.

20. Write Out Your One-Year Plan

Whether you’re looking to make a move or are currently satisfied at your job, figure out what you plan to do to take your career to the next level. Maybe it’s telling your network you’re looking to make a move. Or, perhaps it’s getting a promotion (and a raise!). Whatever it is, figure out how you’re going to make it happen.

And if you do only one thing? Make an effort to re-connect with people you admire. Strengthen the relationships in your professional network. You never know how one follow-up email, thank-you note, or holiday card might impact your career.

 

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This Self-Career-Care Checklist Will Make Your Work Week Even More Fulfilling

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Conventional wisdom says that self-care is a weekend and evening thing. It’s when you splurge on a spa deal, or cook a healthy Sunday breakfast after meditation and a jog. It’s a state of mind that’s downright incompatible with work, in part because it’s supposed to be the counterweight to it. The two should never, ever be mixed.

To that we say: You’ve got it wrong.

Why suspend your well-being during the 40-plus hours you spend at work every week? And shouldn’t your career actually further your well-being in the long run, both personally and professionally, rather than run you down?

Here are five ways to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself during the work week.

1. Be Proactive to Reduce Your Stress

Don’t mistake proactivity with obsessive type-A-ness. It’s actually a way to make your life easier and your career more worthwhile.

How? If you don’t need a boss to tell you what to do because you can figure it out for yourself, that’s one less person breathing down your neck. And if you are all the things that proactive people typically are—organized, prepared, problem-spotting and -solving, etc.—then you are likely coasting through work in a state of serene competence, which is actually a nice place to be.

Plus, building a reputation for being on top of your game not only makes your job more secure, it helps you build the momentum that makes your work pay off faster in the form of promotions and salary bumps come review time.

2. Don’t Take “Lunch” Literally

The hour you take for lunch is sacred—that’s not news to you. What may be a surprise: Lunch doesn’t have to be about food.

Think of lunch as a personal hour and see how it changes for you. Sure, make it about eating with friends if that’s restorative for you. But if you’d rather use the time to pause the mental treadmill of the workday, do that.

Hop on the bike for 30 minutes if you have access to a gym and shower. Have a coffee and people-watch. Meditate. Whatever works.

Then, eat at your desk when you’re done.

3. Grill Your Boss From Time to Time

A lot of stress at work comes from not knowing exactly where you stand—what your boss thinks, how you’re doing on a day-to-day basis, whether you could be doing your job better, and so on.

Rather than wondering what’s up, put some time on your boss’s calendar to check in and get the candid feedback that will get you out of the dark and into a place where you can grow and improve.

4. Get the Standing Desk, and Whatever Else You Need

Sitting is the new smoking. Cold cuts are the new bologna. Harsh lighting can grind on your mood. Knowing this, would you smoke, eat bad food, or tolerate bad lighting outside of work? Probably not. So don’t let it fly at work, either.

Point is—the things that you wouldn’t neglect in your personal life shouldn’t be neglected in your work life either. If fitness is important to you, request a standing desk. If diet affects your afternoon mood, don’t eat junk at lunch that will send you crashing at 3 PM. And if you can’t handle the fluorescent lights, buy a warm-light lamp for your desk. Don’t be shy about requesting the things you need to stay healthy and happy while you work.

5. Don’t Settle for Superficial Work Relationships

It’s always a little tricky balancing work and friendships, but that’s no reason not to get to know the people you work with on a personal level. We’re social creatures, and studies have found that strong interpersonal relationships are critical to health and longevity.

So, take five minutes in the morning to say “hi” to your co-workers. Take 20 in the afternoon to grab coffee with whoever you can drag out. Take a couple hours every few weeks to drop by happy hour. It’ll make your days much more rewarding.

Self-care should not be on hold Monday through Friday. The idea that you can beat yourself up during the work week and recover in a flurry of wellness pampering over the weekend is an all-too-common myth. Rebalance with some career care and watch your work life improve dramatically.

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3 Times Impatience Is Hurting Your Career (and 3 Times It’s Helping It)

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Throughout our lives, we’re told to be a little more patient. From our parents when we complained while waiting in line for a rollercoaster, from our friends when they’re taking forever to get dressed (seriously Sarah, you don’t need to spend two hours getting dolled up for the movies), and even from our managers when we think we’re ready for a promotion or to take on new responsibilities.

But how often are we really in the wrong? And how often is our impatience, well, acceptable?

The thing is, like some “bad” qualities, impatience can be a good thing in the right setting. It’s a driving force for some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, and one could argue nothing would get done if we never questioned how fast something should take.

Here are three times your eagerness can be bad for your career, and three times it’s actually beneficial:

It’s Hurting it If: You Expect Big Results Right Away

You know this, but the higher your expectations, the more disappointed you’ll ultimately be when they aren’t met. So, when we’re impatient that something’s taking too long to get off the ground, or our careers are moving too slow, we never fully appreciate the small strides we make along the way.

Achieving some of your biggest goals will take time—and often, they’ll take multiple tries and consist of many failures. Rather than twiddle your thumbs expecting everything good to happen right now, be patient that things will happen at the right moment, when you’ve put in the right amount of effort.

 

It’s Helping it if: You Know Things Should Happen Sooner

That said, some things go on longer than you know they should—maybe you’ve done this before in past jobs or know from experience that something’s off.

Let your impatience question systems that are outdated, inefficient, or slow—even if you can’t directly change them, you can often start productive conversations on ways to do things better.

 

It’s Hurting it If: You’re Too Quick to React

You sent someone an email yesterday, and they haven’t gotten back to you yet, so you send them a follow-up email. Then another one two days later. Then you ping them on Slack to see if they got your message.

In the day to day, being impatient in how you communicate will only lead people to ignore you or dislike working with you. No one likes a nag.

Give people the respectable amount of time to do something, and trust they’ll get it done (and when they don’t meet your deadlines, then you can follow up).

 

It’s Helping it If: You’re Proactive

However, if your impatience just means that you’re eager to get involved and help out, that’s OK.

The people who spin their impatience into a positive thing do so by focusing on what they can do rather than what they need from others.

Otherwise, when you find yourself getting antsy over someone else’s delay, ask yourself: What systems can I create to encourage people to work faster? What pieces can I do without them? What can I get started now to make it easier for them to finish later?

 

It’s Hurting it If: You Want to Move Up Before You’re Ready

If you’re six months into your job, you probably won’t get promoted. If you’re 23, you’re probably not qualified for a C-level position. If you’re three weeks into a new role, you probably won’t get to represent that next big account.

These are unfortunately the realities of your career. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule (we all know a friend of a friend who got promoted after only three months), but for the most part, you shouldn’t expect a raise or promotion or some other big career opportunity before you’re truly ready for—and you’ve earned—it.

 

It’s Helping it If: You Find Ways to Challenge Yourself

That said, some of that impatience might just be a form of ambition. Maybe you’re not qualified for a position bump, but you’ve mastered your job and are ready for more responsibility, so you talk to your boss about taking on new projects. Or, you pick up a side gig. Or, you decide to learn to code so you can fix your site’s problems on your own.

Impatience can be an amazing thing when it’s converted into drive. It forces you to think of new and different places to take your career, push yourself a bit further, and ultimately achieve your goals.

 

Impatience gets a bad rap, and sometimes for good reason. However, when you choose to turn it into something productive and motivating, it can have a huge, positive effect on your career.

The key is knowing when it’s acceptable to push forward, and when it’s better to wait it out.

 

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