By Bill Coplin
Your career success will depend on four things: how much you motivate yourself, whether or not you are ethical, how you manage your time, and how you manage your money. That should be pretty obvious to you, but what may not be so obvious is that you must practice these skills. You are what you do, and “ excellence is a habit” as the Greek philosopher Aristotle once said. The key is to recognize that these good behaviors are skills that must be practiced. Skills Win! gives you tips on how to practice these skills and more, anywhere and everywhere.
Athletes motivate themselves in practice because they know the coach will let them play if they do well. Like them, you should set goals that motivate you to do what it takes to play the game, whether it’s in school or at your job or even adding to your network of people who might help you in the future. Sometimes you may need to reward yourself by hanging out with friends or watching Netflix because you spent a couple of hours on a task that you knew you should do but didn’t want to do.
If you are in college, take 8:30 AM classes so you don’t sleep through the day or get into the very bad habit of doing your work to the wee hours of the morning. Never be late! Most jobs are 8:30-5:00 and the sooner that you set your biological clock to that reality the better. Pay attention to your credit score; your potential employer will. Do the right thing by telling the truth and do everything that you promise to.
Check out the game changers and video on these skills in Skills Win! A Playbook for Career Success or the Skills Win! app found on skillswin.com.