#1 Early in your career, value learning over earning
When you are just starting out, ask yourself – What do you like to be doing in 10 years? Has someone accomplished that? Reach out to that person and offer to work for him or her for free for 6 months.
This is the best professional hack that will launch your career to a new level.
#2 Use things and love people
Because the opposite never works.
#3 Never try to outshine your boss
It not only hurts your boss’s ego but also crushes your chances of doing well in your career. I’m not saying that you should hold back on your potential. Go ahead and give it your best. But make sure that you make your boss look good. (Read Robert Greene’s book 48 Laws of Power for more)
#4 Take one colleague out for a lunch every day
This builds trust and friendship, and more importantly, just a nice thing to do. You never know who’s going to be where in the future.
#5 Make a list of ideas about how the company can do better
And share it with your boss daily. This shows a) you know your shit, b) are a valuable resource, and c) you are on their side.
#6 Come on time and leave on time
Punctuality is an extremely underrated rated that most people look over. And since it’s overlooked by many, being punctual become an even more impressive trait.
#7 Always be ahead of your deadlines
It not only helps you be less stressed but also shows that you are reliable.
#8 Take care of yourself
A beaten horse can’t run the race. If you aren’t mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally healthy, you can’t perform your best. So take care of your four pillars every day. (Read Jame Altucher’s Choose Yourself book for more)
#9 Have a healthy disagreement
If someone, even your boss, says something that you disagree with, say so and present your points on why you disagree. This shows that you have your own opinions and are not afraid to stand by them. Again, I not saying that you need to have an argument over ideas. Have a healthy discussion about your ideas and hear each other’s points. Worst case scenario: You’ll walk away learning something new.
#10 Learn everything about the industry you work in
If you are a designer working in a digital marketing industry, it’s not enough to learn about design. Learn everything about digital marketing industry. What it’s evolving into. This will help you tremendously in your job and also make you more valuable.