When the fall approaches, and the leaves start to change colors, a lot of folks use this time as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. Whether it’s starting back to school, or looking for a new job, something about the crisp, fresh air often makes us crave something new. Last year around this time, I wanted…more. In my personal life, in my professional life, I was well rested from the summer, and I was ready to step my game up. I approached my organization about a promotion, and for 2 months, worked, pushed and advocated to make it happen.
It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, a businessman, or a cashier…you are responsible for your own success. You have to think of yourself as an entrepreneur, even if you’re working for someone else. Your career is your business, and you are the sole-proprietor. I learned the hard way that I can’t just sit back and let my work speak for itself. I have to promote myself, market myself, yes, even sell myself. Well, sell my work. You get what I’m saying.
Now I’m ready to expand my “business”, take my career up another notch, so I got a little bit of advice. Karla Trotman from Belly Button Boutique encouraged me to “pull the trigger.” My friend David Hoxter told me to keep learning and educating myself, and HR Director, Kim Alexander stressed the importance of being in control of, and owning my career.
What are your tips for moving up to the next level? Check out my latest iVoices report for your own motivation, and then let me know what you think!