Useful tips for advancing your career
Every career will have bumps and surprises along the way, but by building a plan for your trajectory you can mitigate those problems by moving through a series of manageable steps that are much more within your line of sight and immediate control, according to David Van Rooy in his book Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. The book provides a range of hints for managing a successful career.
Quotable statements made by the author include:
- Seeking the right type of feedback will enable you to solidify your strongest areas and improve those areas that others deem to be weaknesses.
- Persistence has and will continue to stand the test of time as a differentiating characteristic that the most successful people possess.
- When you think big, act small, and move quick, you will find yourself spending less time anguishing and dreaming, and more time doing and accomplishing.
- If you do not position yourself to see past the bends in the road along your journey, you may have found your plateau.
- Once you let stagnation set in, the consequences are far reaching and hard to undo.
- Failure results in the acquisition of character if you can harness and learn from what went wrong.
- You can make it easier to reach sustained performance by striving to focus on that which gives you the greatest satisfaction.
I did not find any particularly new insights in the book, but the book does provide a collection of strategies which should be useful to anyone who is looking for ways of moving their career onward and upward.
Rather than just letting your career happen to you, you can take active steps to manage it. This book shows you how.