Got Skill?

You want to excel in your career, but do you know how!

{Wooooosh} That’s the sound of the money flying out of my wallet as I see an infomercial to get rich by being my own boss doing this or that. Yup I’ve fallen for it. I’ve fallen for it enough times that if I got paid each time I fell for it I really could be rich! I’ve also interviewed potential employees who think they can come in and be at the top rung of the ladder. Nope… it doesn’t happen.

Sure, there are people that can purchase these kits, quit their day job to become their own boss, or the person that comes in and starts in the top floor office overlooking the city, but the number of people that actually do is very small. Why you ask, because there are many other skills needed to become successful at a career, especially a job where you are in charge of EVERYTHING!

It takes more than a desire and personality to become the next big entrepreneur or the president of a company. It takes skill. There are set skills needed to move and advance in any career. Most of the skills are the same whether you want to be the boss of others or be your own boss. We are on the same journey, and here is what we have been doing.

Here’s How:

Take Initiative

We created a partnership so that we are accountable to each other, and we schedule regular business meetings to make sure we are moving our business forward. We use online collaborative tools to coordinate our work so that we can see each other’s progress on assigned projects. So the skill required in this area is initiative. We both want to build a business that generates full-time income and serves others.

Get Organized

Regardless of the product or service that anchors your business, you will need to be organized. You can practice this at your day j-o-b and perfect this skill on your own business. It’s tough to take initiative and focus on your productivity goal of the day if you can’t actually find the project materials that you need. Organize your files and physical environment in a way that promotes productivity and efficiency.

Stay Focused

Find every trick in the book to NOT CHASE THAT SQUIRREL! Stayed focused on the task at hand. Complete it and start the next task on the list. If you can stay focused and productive for a 30 minutes, you can accomplish more than you can in two hours of hopping around to different stuff. Our culture has us so connected to the world, distractions can invade every part of life – but only if we give the world permission. We can choose which notifications to allow. We can even choose to turn the dang phone OFF.

What are some skills you have developed in order to improve either your day j-o-b or building your own business?

Got initiative, get ideas!