Success leaves behind clues. When you’re trying to impress at a new job, it’s a good idea to follow some proven success practices. Check out these 5 success principles that will save you some precious time and and effort when starting a new job.
1. Never take it personally
When starting a new job, there is a good chance that you will encounter rejection. Whether it’s about a new idea or about the approach you take to your work, you’ll hear a few people say “no” along the way. As a matter of fact, if you’re being particularly ambitious, you’ll likely hit more boundaries than not.
Don’t take restraints and resistance personally. No matter what people say, just believe in your goals, ideas, and ability to execute. Successful people are successful because they keep trying until they figure out what works.
The magic word when facing rejection is “next”.
2. Carefully choose who you spend time with
“It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." -Warren Buffett
Take great care who you spend the most time with. Why is that so important? Because who you surround yourself with at work will influence your access, your training, and your ability to have impact throughout a team.
If you pair yourself with ambitious employees, future leaders of an organization, and hard workers, you’ll find yourself being pushed and pushing yourself toward that same future success.
Aim to have coffee breaks where the conversation goes further than the weather, bad economy, or politics. Become friends with resourceful people. Meet them, network with them, offer them a drink, and invite them for a dinner. Whatever you do, remember to listen and learn.
3. Never stop learning
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune”. -Jim Rohn
You might think that learning stops once you get your college degree. You might shy away from continuing your education within the workplace. However, if you’re truly looking for success in a new job and in your career, it’s all about learning the ins and outs of your organization, industry, and role.
So, take the time to ask peers and experts about what you can do to improve your skillset. Whether it’s reading, attending courses and conferences, working with a mentor, or working across departments, be sure to always be stretching the boundaries of what you can do and how well you can do it.
4. Don’t be afraid of being a bit weird
When somebody is innovative, they are usually ignored, laughed at, and told that they can’t succeed. But eventually, once their effort pays off, people applaud them.
So, when starting a new job, always think of ways to improve your product, your service, or innovative ways to improve your performance or workflow. Don’t reject the crazy ideas, as they are sometimes the best ones when fully developed. When starting a new job, don’t be afraid of suggesting new ways of doing things.
Don’t be afraid of forming new ideas , regularly brainstorming, and presenting them to your peers. They will ignore you first. Criticism will follow. But if you are persistent and put in the effort to respond to criticism and refine your ideas, you might one day hear their applause.
5. Take care of your body
This might sound out of place, but your health has a large impact on your ability to succeed. When starting new things in life (a business, a new job) people usually become disproportionately passionate. As a result, they spend hours at work, determined to reach their goals, only to forget about their well-being.
Remember that your productivity is connected to your health. You can’t be productive if you’re constantly sick, have a chronic ache, and can’t keep yourself focused.
So, stay active and on top of your diet. Cut down on sugary sodas and drink tons of water to keep yourself at the top of your game.