It is one thing to possess the basic qualifications required for your field. It’s another to be the type of individual that has the ability to adapt. The latter is required if you want to experience sustained success in business and life in general. Change is the only constant, and making sure you’re ready to face whatever comes your way makes you an asset to the people you work with and the people you work for. Continuing education is a vital part of the process; here are some things to consider in pursuit of more knowledge.
Build Your Brand
Everything you do or say affects the overall perception of both your company and yourself as an individual. With that in mind, it’s important to construct a positive reputation for both. If you are known as someone who continues to grow and learn, you will earn the trust of your associates and clients or customers. Stability goes hand in hand with knowledge, and when others become aware that you constantly strive to know more, you’ll propel yourself to the top of everyone’s list. Think of yourself as a brand – in the most positive way. If you are Steve Jackson, make Steve Jackson a trustworthy, excellent name that gives people comfort and even makes them excited.
Know What Matters
Focus on the things that are most relevant in your profession. If you’re an accountant, figure out what your clients want the most. If you’re in retail, keep track of industry trends. If you can zero in on things at a micro level, you’re more likely to hit the target you’re aiming for.
No amount of knowledge or skill is particularly useful if you don’t have the discipline to set and achieve goals. Is there something in your field you don’t know about, but would like to? Write it down. Set a date, and mark the milestones you want to accomplish on the way to that time. If you find yourself wayward in your goal-setting endeavors, make sure you are setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
For example, if you want to increase your client base, start with a number. How many new clients do you want? If the answer is ten, how is that measured? Is it attainable and realistic? 1,000 new clients in a week probably won’t to happen, but 1 might be well within reach. Finally, say when. March 1st? June 29th? Whenever you want to have the goal completed, mark it bold with red on your calendar.
If you can establish a positive reputation, know what you need to know, and become someone who sets and achieve goals, there is no limit to what you can achieve. Whether it is in your professional or personal life, these principles are always true, and you can be confident that you will establish credibility with all of your associates as you apply them one day at a time.
Ernie Ness enjoys writing, reading and the great outdoors. He writes for Excel University, provider of MS Excel training for CPAs and accounting professionals.