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Golden Rules for Career Success

Posted by Ravi Varma Thumati on January 21, 2009

Working as a business consultant all over the world, I have discovered some basic career that everyone should know – but many don’t.


·          Business is made up of ambiguous victories and nebulous defeats. Claim them all as victories.

·          Keep track of what you do; someone is sure to ask.

·          Be comfortable around senior managers, or learn to fake it.

·          Never bring your boss a problem without some solution. You are getting paid to think, not to whine.

·          Long hours don’t mean anything; results count, not effort.

·          Write down ideas; they get lost, like good pens.

·          Always arrive at work 30 minutes before your boss.

·          Help other people network for jobs. You never know when your turn will come.

·          Don’t take days off sick – unless you are.

·          Assume no one can/will keep a secret.

·          Know when you do your best – morning, night, under pressure, relaxed; schedule and prioritize work accordingly.

·          Treat everyone who works in the organization with respect and dignity, whether it be the cleaner the managing director. Don’t ever be patronizing.

·          Never appear stressed in front of a client, a customer or your boss. Take a deep breath and yourself: In the course of human events, how important is this?

·          If you get the entrepreneurial urge, visit someone who has his own business. It may cure you.

·          Acknowledging someone else’s contribution will repay you doubly.

·          Career planning is an oxymoron. The most exciting opportunities tend to be unplanned.

·          Always choose to do what you’ll remember ten years from now.

·          The size of your office is not as important as the size of your pay cheque.

·          Understand what finished work looks like and deliver your work only when it is finished.

·          The person who spends all of his or her time is not hard-working; he or she is boring.

·          Know how to write business letters – including thank-you notes as well as proposals.

·          Never confuse a memo with reality. Most memos from the top are political fantasy.

·          Eliminate guilt. Don’t fiddle expenses, taxes or benefits, and don?t cheat colleagues.

·          Reorganizations mean that someone will lose his or her job. Get on the committee that will make recommendations.

·          Job security does not exist.

·          Always have an answer to the question, “What would I do if I lost my job tomorrow?”

·          Go to the company Christmas party.

·          Don’t get drunk at the company Christmas party.

·          Avoid working at weekends. Work longer during the week if you have to.

·          The most successful people in business are interesting.

·          Sometimes you’ll be on a winning streak and everything will click take maximum advantage. When the opposite is true, hold steady and wait it out.

·          Never in your life say, “It’s not my job.”

·          Be loyal to your career, your interests and yourself.

·          Understand the skills and abilities that set you apart. Use them whenever you have an opportunity.

·          People remember the end of the project. As they say in boxing, “Always finish stronger than start.”



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