“Be responsible. Take risks. Stick your neck out.”
-Kenny Robison, CEO of Crest Industries, LLC
1. Define Your Ambitions.What do you want to do? What is your passion? What drives you? Outline your goals. Create a list of achievable ambitions and push yourself to meet your goals. Create a map of and start meeting them one at a time.
2. Prepare Yourself.Take the map of your ambitions, and connect your points by creating roadways. If your ambition is to obtain your MBA, connect to it by defining the school / program you want to attend. In this process, you will most likely discover new goals that did not appear in the first big picture outline. For example: if you want to obtain your MBA, you will most likely have to study for and pass a prerequisite exam, such as the GRE.
3. Grow Strong Relationships / Network.Network. Network. Network. Define who the influential people are that affect how you will get where you want to go. Think outside of the individuals who are in your field of choice and network with influential people in your community; get to know the people who inspire you and learn from them. Networking is an ongoing process that is never complete. Work until people do not have to ask who you are.4. Work Harder than Everyone Else.If you want to get ahead, you have to put in the effort. Work hard, learn from your mistakes, and continue to improve yourself. Working hard does not necessarily mean putting in a lot of extra hours. Hard work can be seen in efficiencies; develop new processes and tools that will aid you in getting more work completed.
5. Stick Your Neck Out (Push Yourself out of Your Comfort Zone).
“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”, James Bryant Conant.When you do something that you do not feel comfortable doing, you push yourself further and grow. Word of advice: Prove yourself and become proficient in your current job before you start asking for stretch assignments. Earn the trust of your superiors; you will be surprised what things come to you when you begin to excel.
6. Don’t Let One Unsuccessful Attempt Derail You.Things are going to happen that change your plan; it’s inevitable. Create bridges, find alternative routes, develop a new path. Continue to work towards achieving your goals and never stop visualizing your ultimate ambition.
“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition, such as lifting weights, we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”, Stephen Covey.
7. Keep Learning, Developing, and Expanding Your Skill Set.Learning is a continual process and will never end. There will always be new things for you to learn and new ways for you to grow and improve. Continuous learning is one of the best ways for you to set yourself apart from everyone else. Remember, knowledge does not have to be acquired through books or standard practices; life experiences count, too.
8. Read Every Day.Expand your knowledge through reading. At Crest, we have a company library consisting of a broad range of topics for our employees to enjoy. This is one great example of a book in our library:
Check it out, it’s a great read.
9. Set Time Aside for Scheduled Check Ins / One on Ones.Take time out of your day to day “in the business” work to work “on the business” (you can also do this on yourself). Great supervisors are not only managers, they are leaders. By holding structured, effective meetings to have an open conversation, one can manage accountabilities and gain insight as to what can be improved. Take time to reflect and better your work as well as yourself.
10. Never SettleNever. Settle.
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