“that’s the way we’ve always done it”
even if it’s complicated or messy. Find something each week to simplify or automate: a difficult system or process, a messy office, daily tasks, or email. Your efficiency will increase by keeping things simple.
13) Know Your Competition
Know and observe your competition. Identify what they’re doing right and use it as a learning opportunity to implement something new at your firm.
14) Acknowledge Others
Help others excel, express gratitude, and give credit where credit is due. You’ll be surprised how much encouragement and motivation a simple, “Great job!” provides. Your team is bound to grow and rise together.
Read at least one personal development or industry related article each day. Start a journal to record your notes, identify what you learned, and determine how you can apply your findings personally or in the workplace.
16) Give Yourself Down Time
Vacation time is critical to professional development. Without it, stress and burn out levels increase and productivity declines.
17) Practice Humility
Avoid self-promotion and practice humility. Encourage team members and hold a high respect for their unique skill set and contributions to success.
18) Write a Letter to Your Future Self
Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 3 years, or even 5 years? What will be the same? What will be different? Write a letter to yourself and work hard to become that person.
Passion is one of the most important drivers of success. If you don’t love what you do, it’s difficult to put your best effort forward and perform to the best of your ability.