The Winning Combination To Go Higher And Faster In Your Career
If you want to go higher and get there faster in your career, here are two simple realities. The first is, it’s much easier to become very good at something you really enjoy doing than at something you don’t really enjoy doing. In other words, you want to identify and pursue what you are genuinely interested in and motivated to do well for your career. The other is, if the platforms you join have big limitations then you will face these limitations too in your ability to perform and achieve the success you seek. In other words, if the situation you’re a part of can’t support your development and success well then these things aren’t going to happen well either.
It’s Hard Being Very Good At What You Don’t Like
I talk about this all the time as a career advisor, but over and over again, the best candidates I meet are the ones who are doing a job or pursuing a career that they enjoy or are genuinely interested in. Because of this, they’re willing to work harder and put more effort into what they do. They’re able to be more persistent at overcoming the challenges and obstacles they meet. They’re more self-motivated. They have more energy and care more about doing what they do well.
On the other hand, I see many other candidates who are unhappy and frustrated about their career. They complain a lot about their job situation. It’s too tiring. It’s too demanding. It seems that they’re always being asked to do things they don’t want to do. Overall, their basic motivation and desire to put more effort and work harder at what they’re doing just isn’t there.
Certainly, there are many bad company and job situations out there that can kill your motivation and desire. However, there are also many situations where some people do better simply because they enjoy what they’re doing more. As a result, they’re more dedicated and hardworking. But this becomes very difficult if you fundamentally don’t care about or like what you do. So if developing faster is important to you, then you need to identify and pursue a job and career that you’re personally motivated to do well and become very good at.
Your Platform’s Limitations Become Your Limitations Too
There’s another critical success factor though to developing faster. You can be the most passionate, most ambitious, hardest working person there is. But if you’re in a job situation that doesn’t support your development and success, then it’s going to very difficult for you to grow quickly and achieve the level of success you seek.
The factors limiting you could be a bad boss who doesn’t nurture or invest in his subordinates. It could be a management team that’s not committed to the development of business and its people. It could be a lack of basic training and resources to support your ability to do your job well. All of these things will have a significant, negative affect on your growth and development.
For example, in China where I’m based, there’s a huge variation in the quality of resources and exposure that a company is able to offer. There are many companies that are just content to maintain their business, and many bosses who are just satisfied to have a job. Neither offer you a very good development situation. As a result, it’s also essential that you identify and join strong platforms or job situations that can feed your development and allow you to achieve your career objectives.
Whereas, Better Platforms Can Develop You Faster
As an example of how a platform can impact your success, I once interviewed a woman in her late 20s for an opening in our company. In addition to her strong people and communication skills, she also impressed me as being smart and capable. When I asked about her current situation, I was surprised to find that she’d been in the same role as a researcher for the past four years. As an example of how a platform can impact your success, I once interviewed a woman in her late 20s for an opening in our company. In addition to her strong people and communication skills, she also impressed me as being smart and capable. When I asked about her current situation, I was surprised to find that she’d been in the same role as a researcher for the past four years. From my impression of her, her caliber was no less than others in our company. However, in contrast, our researchers typically become consultants in about a year. Within four years, we expect them to become consultant team leaders, if not managers by then. Of course, everyone’s ability and ambitions are different. But given this woman’s caliber and capabilities, I felt quite certain she could be at a much more advanced stage in her career and handling more responsibilities if she was part of a stronger platform that offered her more opportunities to grow.
Passion for what you do or, at least, self-motivation to want to do what you do well, and platforms or job situations that can support your development. From what I see, these two factors have the greatest impact on the speed of your career development. Having one without the other will still not allow you to develop faster. But having both is a winning combination that will allow you to go higher in your career and get there faster.