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How to Get More Out of Your Career

“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”

Most of us spend one-third of our weekday or half of our waking hours at work. This means that our job satisfaction, whether positive or negative, affects our state of mind extensively. Thus, it is in your best interest that the job you spend such significant time on should also mean something significant to you.

Choose the Right Career
We are each born with unique sets of talents and abilities that are our contribution to the world, which need artists as much as scientists and architects as much as builders. Someone else’s path to career success and fulfillment may not be yours. Consider your personal strengths and the areas that excite you. These will point you to your true calling. Focus on pursuing the career that you want but also keep an open mind to diverging paths that can eventually lead you there.

Choose the Right Projects
Outside influences, like economic conditions, may affect what jobs are available for you. Then there are also your skills and experiences that can get you through the door. It may be the case that wherever you are now is not what you want for yourself. Nevertheless, sign up for projects which will let you grow professionally and personally. You can even pursue projects outside your job which will allow you to bridge your skills gaps and bring you closer to your goals.

Choose the Right People
A motivational speaker famously said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” While you cannot avoid professionally dealing with people at work, you can choose mentors and colleagues who will nourish you and be part of your support system.

At the end of a long day, your well-being from employment satisfaction pays as much as a good salary does.