5 Tips for Finding Lasting Career Success
As a certified mentality coach, self-worth enthusiast and founder of Your Inner Babe, I work one-on-one with clients of all ages to shift their mindset from that of self-doubt to self-love through self-discovery. Together, we get to unwrap what gets in the way of prioritizing happiness, and we kick the inner drama to the curb, paving the way to unrestrained acceptance. Part of the journey we walk together is finding career success. I’ve learned both from my own experience and from my experience working with clients that finding a career you love isn’t as hard as we’ve made it out to be. Here are my top five tips for finding lasting career success.
1. The more I’ve invested in myself, the more I’ve seen in return.
It can obviously be scary to start a business. The “entrepreneur blues” are a real thing. Early on, I worked hard to change my mindset, and I realized that if I wanted my business to continue to grow, then I would always have to invest in myself. Investing in myself allows me to continuously build up my confidence. It gives me the space to make bold choices.
I’ve now built a business out of pure trial, error and gut instinct. I’ve trusted myself to continuously make the right choices, move the correct chess pieces and made a vow early on to never stop learning. I also realized early on that investing in myself didn’t always necessarily have to mean spending more money. It’s meant reading regularly, staying up to date with trainings, managing my time better, getting rid of toxic people in my life, stretching my personal growth. It’s even meant sleeping and waking up earlier.
I’ve realized now, that success is based off the actions you take every single day and the absolute best investment you will EVER make is in yourself. Invest the time to identify that unique factor within you, focus on it and then allow yourself to blossom into the person you’re meant to be. You’re worth it.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t pretend you have all the answers.
Growing up, I was always the kid in class that sat in the back and NEVER asked questions. I could go days without understanding something, but was always too afraid to sound dumb. There was a deep-rooted part of me that believed I didn’t deserve to know and that I looked stronger if I just pretended I had all the answers.
When I started Your Inner Babe, I learned that the only limits in life are the ones we allow ourselves to believe. Asking for help when you need it is what actually shows strength. It takes immense courage to admit when you don’t know something, and even more to admit you are worthy of learning.
I actually developed a newfound appreciation for networking once I became my own boss, because I realized it’s not just for new business opportunities necessarily—it can be a great way to develop extra levels of support and inspiration. Remember, you can learn a lot by listening. Drop your pride and ask away, because in my opinion, a successful business woman will forever have more questions than answers.
3. Make sure you acknowledge those who help you.
This may sound simple, but I’m a big believer that a little love goes a long way. Whether someone gives you five minutes of their time during the day, does you a quick favor or even introduces you to someone who might further you along, it’s so important to let that person know you appreciate it. I actually have an entire session in my coaching program centered on acknowledgement! To acknowledge someone is like saying, “I see you, and you’re significant to me.” And we all deserve to be seen, don’t you think?
4. Own mistakes that you make along the way, because let’s face it, they’re inevitable.
I learned this the hard way back in the day when I was an assistant, but it changed my life. Everyone hates messing up, but when you make a mistake, admit it, fix it and move on. I have that same little voice in my head that initially creeps in, telling me to give up and hide. But truthfully, that’s the worst thing you can do. Admitting your error, finding a way to fix it, or at least taking action so you can move on is the key to success.
There’s a big difference between taking responsibility and beating yourself up. My dad always used to tell me growing up, “It’s not about the mistakes you make, it’s about how you fix them.” In my opinion, if you don’t make mistakes along the way, you’re obviously not reaching far enough.
5. Don’t strive to be THE MOST successful—just be you.
A huge reason I think I’ve been successful is because I’m at the center of my brand. Your Inner Babe is me. It’s extremely easy to get stuck in the “hows” because entrepreneurship, no matter what specific field you’re in, can feel insanely oversaturated. It’s so easy to get stuck in a comparison mindset, see other people doing well at something similar and feel overwhelmed about making your mark in a different way.
But owning who you are and what makes you unique in the field allows you to attract all the success that is perfect for YOU. When I stopped focusing so heavily on building the MOST successful business, and started focusing more on developing my overall brand with myself at the center, that’s when I began attracting what I wanted all along. Success really is a battle between you and yourself. Like Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how YOU do it.”
Interested in more tips from entrepreneurs? Check out our Balanced Hustler series.
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