First, learn your industry specific skill set. For that, I cannot give you specific advice. Then, make sure you follow the advice below to make the most out of your career. If I happened to leave anything out (which I’m sure I did), please share them below.
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Learn how to tell a story
Everyone enjoys an intriguing and captivating story. Armed with the ability to tell stories, your opportunities are endless.
Learn how to write
Writing doesn’t always mean a pen and paper. Figure out how you prefer to share information with the world, and take that medium by storm. It can be through video, podcast, or a feathered pen on papyrus.
Learn how to edit
“There are no great writers, only great editors.”
Learn how to ask the questions no one else is asking
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have told me a faster horse” – Henry Ford. There are many questions asked every day, but it takes creativity to ask the ones that no one else has yet asked.
Learn how to command an intelligent conversation
Storytelling is one component of this, but more than that is the ability to interact on a level that transcends day-to-day menial conversation.
Learn how to access your emotions
Humans, by nature, are emotional. Seek meaning to your life and dedicate your remaining hours, days, and years to that meaning. Your career will thrive like you’ve never imagined.
Learn how to plan your day
“Being busy” is not equivalent to a life of success and passion. Create a plan that makes sense for your life.
Learn how to observe
Teach yourself how to pick up trends and see what and how people act and interact. Better yet, apply what you learn to your own life to give yourself a stronger voice.
Learn how to be strategic
You’ll be the idol of your industry if you can do this. To learn the best practices, look towards your current idols, for they would not have found success without proper strategy.
Learn how to dance, sing, and laugh
In the end, your career should not be the focus of your life. Your focus and your legacy shouldn’t come from what you did from 8-5 each day, but how you spent your hours outside the office. Find your passion, follow it, and share it.
About the author: Passionate marketing entrepreneur and content strategist; known for ability to speak directly to specific audiences through creative campaigns, copy direction and brand identity. High EQ and ability to foster meaningful business relationships industry-wide. Connect with me on Twitter: @ZachonLinkedIn.
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