An excerpt from The Life Actionbook:
The idea of a career is that you spend your working years progressing towards some ultimate goal. The goal might be a financial target, a particular lifestyle, or a specific position within the company. To reach the goal, you must achieve several milestones. It involves solving problems and constant learning and improvement.
To be successful in a career, you need to master your craft. Learn as much as you can and apply what you learned in your job. If you stop learning, you will likely stagnate in your career.
Career Action #6: Spend an hour to write down your long-term goals. Here are a few questions to get you thinking:
- You just had a billion dollars wired into your bank account. What will you do this week? What will your life look like five years from now?
- You were just hit by a bus and killed instantly. What will people say about you at your funeral? Is there anything you wish you had done with your life? What’s holding you back from doing it today?
- What’s on your bucket list? What do you want to do before you “kick the bucket” and die? What is the first step towards doing each item on your list? What can you do today to get closer to realizing your dreams?
Once you know what your long-term goals are, make a plan for getting there. What skills do you need to learn? What milestones do you need to reach? I find it helpful to set learning goals and milestones each year. Set an ambitious yearlong goal for career growth today. Work towards it a little each day.
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