Succeeding in a professional context is of course a question of skills but also of interpersonal skills and attitudes. Successful people don’t just know their job, they also have those little extras that attract opportunities, seduce recruiters and allow them to complete projects.
Being sure of yourself, or at least appearing to be sure of yourself, increases the chances of success in a large number of professional and personal situations. To convince a recruiter or a prospect that you are up to the task, you must above all be convinced yourself and show it. Self-confidence inspires confidence and therefore facilitates collaboration and taking responsibility. Facilitated from childhood in some, it requires to be worked in others. To acquire it, no miracle cure but methods specific to each one: sport, coffee, Coué method, review of the successes and experiences that make us legitimate, etc.
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Curiosity is one of the criteria most cited by recruiters when asked what they are looking for in a candidate. She is also at the origin of the greatest entrepreneurial stories. Curiosity makes new opportunities available and encourages a proactive attitude when they arise. It is a prerequisite for innovation as well as for meetings. Unlike self-confidence, curiosity is of little use if it is feigned: those who succeed most easily are therefore those who choose to work in an industry that really arouses their interest.
Successful people very rarely achieve their goals the first time. They have even often experienced failures so shattering that their accomplishments have subsequently been great. What sets them apart from others often comes down to having tried a second, a third, an umpteenth time, until the successful attempt. Success is only possible thanks to the lessons taught by these past failures. The leitmotif of successful people could therefore be this phrase from Nelson Mandela: “I never lose, either I win or I learn”.
4. THE ART OF COMPROMISE
A successful professional life is made of many compromises. Wanting everything and wanting it now is the best way to never get anything. Those who succeed therefore have in common an ability to comply with the constraints and circumstances of the moment without losing sight of their final objective.
5. TEAM SPIRIT
It is well known: “alone we go fast, together we go far”. And since success is a long-distance race and not a sprint, it is better to think collectively. Whether you are an employee or a manager, privileging your individual interest over that of the company or the team will almost always be counterproductive. In addition, integration into a team is one of the main sources of fulfillment at work. Maintaining team spirit therefore means retaining the sense of pleasure at work which is essential to any successful career.
6. KNOWING HOW TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Taking risks, tempting the unknown, learning new things are some of the pawns to be played in finding different paths, starting projects in directions as yet little explored and why not lead them to success. In the end, taking risks is like avoiding the known, comfortable and secure path that almost all human beings tend to take, right?
7. WHO AM I ? WHERE AM I GOING ? IN WHAT STATE I WANDER ?
You meet few or no successful people without knowing who they are and their place in the universe. To run your boat properly, you need a good dose of self-confidence, which involves knowing yourself, knowing how to recognize and solve your own problems and then find a way to strengthen your weak points. Find things successful people do and apply them to your life. And if for that a psychotherapy seems necessary, why not? Others have done it before.
8. MY FRIENDS HAVE TALENT
Success can take a little while, for example knowing how to ask the right questions of the right people to go in the right direction. Once again, it seems elementary, but how many throw themselves body and soul into their project, forgetting to call on the expertise around them continuously? To succeed, knowing how to listen to accomplished people and draw inspiration from them helps put you in the right frame of mind and make the right decisions.
Spending hours rereading your brilliant business plan never got very far, just like tentatively starting a project to “see where it leads”. At best, this behavior will just provide an opportunity to say “I knew it would never work” if the project didn’t work. Conclusion, success does not happen alone, it is built. All this involves taking action , rolling up your sleeves and getting down to work 100%: creating instead of consuming in short.
10. A BIT OF PATIENCE
In reality, it takes a lot. This may be the most obvious point, but at the same time it is the character trait that is most easily lost in the face of failure or adversity. Succeeding in a project regardless of its content implies knowing how to be patient when you have made a bad decision, even if it is the tenth. It also means keeping patience when you see your project stagnating when everything has been done to make it work, take a step back, learn something and start afresh.
11. CHIEF ! YES SIR !
A little discipline doesn’t hurt anyone, a lot of discipline does a lot of good for those who wish to be successful. For example, it is not by working hard for two weeks and then crashing to the bottom of the sofa for the next two weeks that success will knock on the door. Success rewards consistency. To be consistent, you have to know how to discipline yourself, in order to establish a work routine that will allow a certain longevity in the career or the project. Of course, the routine will be different from one person to another.
12. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO
It seems obvious, but people who are successful, especially in their career, know how to listen to their intuitions. A capacity that is found in situations such as knowing exactly when to change employer, when to start a business or when to abort a project. “Having a good intuition” in the end does not mean being a super diviner with super powers: it is simply knowing how to take the time to observe around you and refocus on yourself to listen to the answers that arise. naturally impose.
Of course, if it was enough to gather all these personality traits and fill out the checklists of motivational books that are legion on Amazon to achieve success, it would be known. Finally, let’s take these personality traits instead from the angle of virtuous behaviors to promote for oneself every day and if they turn out to lead us towards success, let’s take that as a bonus.
Sasindu Jayasri is an Engineering student at Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.