Building a stronger and fuller career is a top goal for those who want to get ahead, but it takes a lot of dedication and work to get there.
Here are a few resolutions to make that will keep your career on track, and improve your abilities along the way.
- Resolve to learn a skill unrelated to your career. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it can also become a mind-opening experience that widens your worldview. For example, Steve Jobs studied calligraphy--even though it had no application with building a computer, it did influence his sense of design, which lead to one of the most popular computers to this day. So look for a creative skill to learn that you've always wanted to do--it could be knitting, building an airplane, gardening--and see where it takes you. If anything, it can become a great talking point, impress others, and build confidence in your ability to learn new things.
- Get off the internet for a little while. To really burst through any obstacles, especially career ones, it's good to take a break from the internet and technology. Spend a weekend detoxing from electronics: even though it might make you feel like you're missing out from what the digital world has to offer, you'll find a lot more clarity by taking the much-needed break.
- Read a career-related book at least every 4 months. Though you might be keeping up on your field through online articles and news, it's important to get into a book. Reading a book requires you to sit and pay attention, getting absorbed in the text. This will help you not only give you an escape from your typical reads, but it also remind you that your goal is to build your career. Also, reading a biography of someone who works in your field can inspire you and influence your path.
Overall, these resolutions aren't too hard to keep, and actually can be encouraging to follow. For more information on this and related topics, visit the Career Advice or Self-Improvement sections of our blog.
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