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Your Career
During the course of my career I was able to compile tips, techniques, and strategies
which I feel can serve to advance one's career and help you to stand out at work. These
attributes are listed below:

Number 1. Know yourself - your strengths, abilities and limitations. Once you know your
major characteristics you will be able to pin point the career path you should take and put
all of your energy attention and passion into that endeavor. There is nothing worse that
giving something your all while you are speeding along on the wrong career path, putting
all your talent and ability to work doing things that you can never be the best.

Number 2. Be a prudent risk taker - Think Big. To stand out at work and get ahead oft
times calls for you to take risks. You should take risks only when they have been well
thought out and planned. Never go hap hazard into any venture will out giving it some
thought and developing a plan of action to get there. You also have to think big. When
you develop a plan of action it should encompass the entire organization, or an entire
department. It should never be just about you. Think big and try to develop win/win
situations whenever possible. Think in terms of impacting the entire organization.

Number 3. Set Goals that Stretch You. You have to get out of your comfort zone.
Establish some goals that are attainable with effort. When you have goals that stretch you
chances are you are excited, enthusiastic, passionate, and energetic in the pursuit of those
goals. Goals that are easily attained do ignite any type of fire within.

Number 4. Keep your horizons and interest broad. Never limit your career perspective
and outlook. There are always other possibilities and different roads to travel. Learn new
things at every opportunity because you never know when your increased knowledge
base is going to enable you to take on greater responsibility in the form of a promotion.

Number 5. Learn from failure and mistakes. It's okay to fail and have set backs. Every
person that has achieved any type of note worthy success will tell you that they have
failed not only once but sometimes three or four times. Use your failures as learning
experiences that catapult you forward to take on the next challenge. Make amendments
and adjustments based on the lessons learned from past failures. Never let failures impede
your progress.

Number 6. Remember the first person plural - think in terms of we. Share your best
demonstrated practices with your co-workers, teammates, department, and the entire
organization if possible. When you help another person meet there goals and objectives it
in turn helps you achieve the career advancement you seek. Always look for ways to help
Number 7. Keep your sense of humor. Never get characterized as a person who can never
has fun or is always serious. You can be perceived as unapproachable and this can limit
your career advancement and keep you from getting ahead and standing out.

Number 8. Develop your interpersonal skills - communicate well. It is imperative that
you enhance your ability to communicate. Look for ways to improve your presentation
skills. If you are able to communicate with every level of employee within an
organization, including upper management this will do more to help you stand out.

Number 9. Work hard - very hard. Be the first one to work and the last one to leave.
When you work on a project try to get it done efficiently and effectively. Make working
hard a habit. Become known as the person who works harder and smarter than all others
within your department.

Number 10. Be committed to the vision. Find ways expand on the company vision or
mission. Be exceptionally committed to the cause.

Number 11. Share the responsibility and the credit. Look for ways to recognize your
peers, and upper management. Be quick to praise others for their accomplishments.

Number 12. Keep your word. Develop a reputation for integrity and honesty. Do what
you say you will do. Others will begin to trust you and look to you for answers and you
will become known as a person with a good reputation.

Put these things into action consistently and you will begin to stand out at work in the
sight of all involved.

Melvin J. Richardson, MBA is CEO of VisionStar Enterprises, motivational speaker,
consultant, visionary, author, and coach. The presentations focus on the goal setting
process, customer service, sales training, and team building. Mel has a B.S. from Ashland
University, majoring in management and marketing, as well as an MBA in executive
management from Ashland University.

Mel has a vast amount of knowledge and experience gained by studying the experts in the
field of self development and human potential. Some of the principles studied include the
dynamics of understanding your purpose, having the ability to visualize any outcome you
want to accomplish in life and then doing it, the creative genius within, how goals can
help guide you to your dreams, the laws of the subconscious mind, and the power of
imagination. These are just a few of the concepts designed to move you closer to a
successful career. Mel Presents a dynamic presentation, full of humor, and guaranteed to
help you achieve your goals.

By Mel Richardson

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