How to master your career in do-able steps?

Get that straight – Even at the end of your career, you won’t be a master. Mastery is an illusion. All you need to do is to tend toward mastery. If you are interested, let’s jump in and see what you can do to ensure that your career is tending toward your idea of what mastery can be.

Do-able step # 1: Read 15 minutes a day in your domain to upgrade your knowledge.

Come-on, don’t tell me, you can’t read 15 minutes a day. If you are too busy, I recommend that you download the Pocket app in your mobile or visit their website. And read a couple of great articles. And take notes.

Once you start the process of reading, you would understand that reading unglues your mind from complexity and will help you to think better. And as a result, you will be able to make smarter decisions in your career.

Do-able step # 2: Help one person in need every day without asking for anything in return.

Don’t know where to begin? Start with a colleague. Find out what s/he has been struggling with and gift a book. And never expect anything in return.

Give this book, to begin with.

Do-able step # 3: Carry a journal always with you. If you get a snippet of wisdom, quickly scribble down.

You are smart, whether you accept or not. So when a smart person thinks, s/he gets many insights which become cumbersome for the mind to hold on to. So, the best alternative? Scribbling down.

I highly recommend that you listen to Jim Rohn’s How to Use a Journal. This investment would be a lifetime investment into yourself. A journal can save your life.

You can also check the following articles to start with –

How to Keep a Journal by Robin Sharma

An Exceedingly Simple Guide to Keeping a Journal by Leo Babauta

Do-able step # 4: Write a special thank you note to someone who helped you in your career.

Saying thank you is an act of gratitude. You don’t need to write a note by hand. Simply go to your email. Write this –

Do-able step # 5: Remind yourself every day that no matter what happens to you, you’re 100% responsible for how you respond.

Break that word – responsibility = response + ability.

Instead of explaining how you can take responsibility for your life, here is a book which you can grab and learn a lot about how to pull your own strings.

Reminder: Taking responsibility is not only a personal thing. It’s also how you choose to respond when others don’t offer due respect you deserve.

Do-able step # 6: Write a book (even for few pages) and publish it yourself

Use Amazon Kindle. Stop telling me that you don’t have any idea what you would write.  Pick a topic that is related to your career (or you are most passionate about). And write 20 pages eBook. And publish it on Kindle.

I wrote 20+ books using the same method.

If you don’t know how to do it, here are a couple of articles to help you –

How to Successfully Self-Publish a Kindle eBook by Michael Hyatt

The Ultimate Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Platform by CopyBlogger

Do-able step # 7: Believe in your written words and carry it with you during interviews or important meetings. Trust me, it adds value.

Now take the print out of your book via CreateSpace or ask a local printer to print your book.

And carry out your book always with you (especially during interviews).

I have not published all my books in print. But I carry my book “Focus” always whenever I have a meeting with a client or I’m meeting someone for a business purpose.

I agree the cover looks funny (I’m working on the cover right now). But I pull this out when someone asks about my credentials. You can do the same.

Do-able step # 7: Treat others politely even if the other person behaves rudely. The way one behaves is never about other people.

This is one of the things I struggle with. I often react immediately when someone comments on my work or on me. The idea is to pause for 10 seconds before responding.

Pay heed to this quote by Victor Frankl –

Do-able step # 8: Implement one idea in your life every week that you find useful in a book.

Do you learn more than you can ever get time to apply?

I know how it feels. Because I feel the same.

Just, pick one idea from all that you read during the week and implement that particular idea for a week to see whether it works or not. If it works, continue. If not, discard.

You can also use Darren Hardy’s learning formula 5-3-1 to apply more of what you learn.

Do-able step # 9: Start tracking any area of your career you want to improve.

This is the single most important thing you can do to drastically change the habit. Here’s the word you should remember –

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If you want to know how to improve that area within 20 hours of deliberate practice, read “The First 20 hours: How to Learn Anything … Fast” by Josh Kaufman.

 

Do-able step # 10: Get fit.

Just drop 5 pounds. It will increase your energy level throughout the day and you would feel pumped up to do more work.

To lose 5 pounds do two things –

#1: Do 100 push ups and 100 squats every day. This is how I got started.

#2: Eat no desert at night.

If you can do these two things, you are good to go.

If you are clueless about how to get started, the following article will help –

Zen To Slim: A Simple, 5-Step Weight Loss Plan

Do-able step # 11: Take a day off. You work best when you take the time to rejuvenate.

I will recommend “Take a break, step back and ask the right questions”. I have written this book a few years ago. It’s not to brag, but I know this nifty little book will add tremendous value to your life.

 

Taking a break will help you compose your thoughts and have a clarity about where you are going in your career and in life.

Do-able step # 12: If any of your tasks seems overwhelming, don’t panic. Just take a breath, take a piece of paper chunk down the big task in 100 small steps and take the first step.

Here’s how to do it.

Take a piece of paper and start writing.

Write steps that you can do within 5-10 minutes.

It will reduce overwhelm and you can get started immediately.

Do-able step # 13: Before you start your day, make a list of things you want to do. Try to limit to maximum 5 Most Important Tasks (MIT).

I quote Robin Sharma in this. This is incredibly powerful.

If you can do 5 small things a day, at the end of the year you would be able to achieve over 1800 small things.

Think what these little 1800+ things will do for your career?

Don’t know how to set MIT?

Read this book.

Do-able step # 14: Practice listening to audio books.

Try out 20 minutes a day. If you don’t have time, do it while you commute to your work or before you go to bed. Be creative, make time.

“An audiobook can change your life”, remarked Marketing guru, Seth Godin.

Do-able step # 15: In the weekend, sit and craft a plan for your career growth.

Remember if you want to have a career that matters, you need to design it.

So what would you do?

Do a SWOT analysis of your career as you see it.

SWOT analysis looks like this

In each section, write 3 typical aspects you have found out. Don’t rush it. Take an hour or two. Then do the analysis.

Do-able step # 16: Set an income goal.

Don’t go overboard. If you think doubling your income is within your comfort zone, set a little bit higher.

But make sure that it is not something you will get overwhelmed by.

Your job is to set an income goal that’s realistic.

Then set a deadline.

Remember, there is no unrealistic goal, only unrealistic deadline.

And then write a list of actions you need to take to get there.

Do-able step # 17: Instead of seeing yourself as a professional, see yourself as a contributor to the life of many.

What would happen if you stop working tomorrow?

Will someone miss your work?

Will it matter to people you are serving right now?

If not, think how you can be indispensable.

No ideas how to get there?

Download this guide, written by Seth Godin (Yes, it is free).

Do-able step # 18: Work harder on yourself than on your job!

Personal development is the soft copy of a professional paperback. (Thank you, Jim Rohn)

Growth in your career is directly proportionate to your personal development. If you learn more, you will become more.

Be more committed to your personal growth. Yes, even more than your job.

Do-able step # 19: Make time for your personal life.

Your inner circle will inspire you and drive you to become the best version of yourself.

Often to ensure success you let go of the most important ingredient of a harmonious life. If you want to improve your career, don’t neglect your inner circle.

Do-able step # 20: Instead of taking benefits/rewards in monetary value, ask your manager or CEO to arrange for a training/certificate program for you.

If you invest in education, you will be far more beneficial later in your career.

Do-able step # 21: Protect your time.

Don’t invest it in unworthy goals or petty issues. Yes, leisure is necessary, but make sure that the leisure is your necessity, not an objective.

If you want to multiply your time, use this graphic, or better yet, read the book “Procrastinate on Purpose“!

Do-able step # 22: Ask yourself – What’s my core competency?

Remember this is usually one thing that is your forte. No-one can copy it or very few can go to your level to execute it.

The difficult part is to find it. Try out different things and you will get to know in the process what your core competency is.

Hint: You have a natural ability or talent in that area / You simply love the idea of doing it.

To know more about core competency in your career, you can read the following article

Do-able step # 23: 30 seconds personal development

Keep a small notebook with you. Every day no matter what you read/learn/know, take 30 seconds and write down the key learning into your notebook.

If you don’t do anything else for developing yourself, this single thing will work miracle on your personal and professional life.

Do-able step # 24: Every morning once you get up, write down 10 new ideas.

The ideas can be ranging from your personal life to professional life. This will act as a major creativity boost and you will always find yourself bucket-full of ideas. And do anything with the ideas you get. Share, talk, apply or write a book about it.

This will act as a major creativity boost and you will always find yourself bucket-full of ideas. And do anything with the ideas you get. Share, talk, apply or write a book about it.

Share, talk, apply or write a book about it.

This is the brainchild of James Altucher.

Read this article for more.

 

Hope this article adds value to your career and life.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sayantan Sen

Sayantan is passionate about helping people reach their next level. With 8+ years of experience in both corporate and freelancing, Sayantan has coached & consulted hundreds of people and written for various companies. He has written 20+ books and is an MBA in Human Resources, an NLP Practitioner, and a Graphologist. “Career Hacks” is his brain-child. And his mission is to help people raise their standards and find their best selves. Other than working, he loves to sing, write poetry and read.

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