I constantly get emails and text messages from employers and jobseekers in Singapore asking about helpful tidbits of advice that can help them get ahead in their career.
So here’s my updated list of general but meaningful career advice for jobseekers in Singapore. Today’s list is a lot shorter and more rapid fire. (because I’m feeling all fired up after the weekend!)
1. Successful people listen.
You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that ratio. You learn more when you listen than when you talk.
2. Be likable.
People who are liked have the wind at their backs. So be liked.
3. People who are lucky make their own luck.
And you only make your own luck by staying in the game and chasing every blind opportunity.
4. Put on “the cloak” of leadership.
A large part of your role is to inspire and motivate your employees, and people will look to you for confidence. If you were on a plane with engine problems, you don’t want the pilot to say “I am exploring a number of options and hope that…”, you want him to say, “I will do whatever it takes to land this plane.”
5. You will only be as good as the people you will recruit.
Media & culture celebrate individuals, but teams succeed.
6. When in doubt, just keep selling.
Not a bad default strategy to communicate to your team.
7. Understand what you don’t do well.
Surround yourself with people and resources that can do these things well.
8. Practice self-discipline.
Set targets, have timetables, have clear unambiguous goals. Life passes quickly – days, weeks, months, years, a lifetime. How does a project get six months behind? One day at a time.
9. Learn to relax.
Often overachievers are passionate about many things. Yet it’s important to learn not to always care so much. Try being indifferent to things that aren’t that important.
10. And, here is some good final advice (from Joel Peterson):
“Appreciate the people you work with, take care of your investors, celebrate successes along the way, communicate lavishly – good news and bad news, tell the truth, don’t try to maximize everything, and stop to smell the roses. Life is pretty short and most of what really matters doesn’t happen at the office.”
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