“There is something you can do better than anyone else”
Find out what you are good at. Do it. Do more of it. Do it to the very best of your ability. Consistently. It could be your programming skills or ability to craft a good story. Seek out opportunities to showcase your talent daily. This will help you to stand out from the crowd and could be the key to your lasting success.
That is the idea anyway. We all want to find the one thing which we are better at than most, and become successful by doing just that. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, making a career or a business our of what you love is a wonderful thing. However, life often doesn’t work that way, and until you are in a position to follow your passion, you may find yourself in a career or job which is unrelated and may not inspire you. This could be a blessing in disguise.
Everyone has at some point, been in a job which they did not like and was unrelated to the course they wanted their life to take. From there, they split into two camps; those who found themselves stuck in those jobs and unable to move on, and those who were able to go on to something better fitting and more appropriate for their goals and aspirations.
Why can some move on and thrive while others find themselves stuck in a rut? The reasons are many, and vary from one person to the next, but having long studied the lives and careers of successful businessmen and women, there was a common theme. Integrity. Those who were able to improve their circumstances and achieve some level of success, tended to be those with the strongest work ethic. Even if they were not enthused or challenged by their job, and craved more, these were the people who gave their all in everything they did at work. This consistent hard work , and the integrity to maintain their efforts even when they felt unmotivated was the key. In giving their all to their current employer, these people gained new skills and knowledge while also gaining recognition for the quality of their work. This created the opportunities which they took advantage of, and set them off on their journey towards success and accomplishment.
“The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world”
Orison Swett Marden
So, even if you are not happy in your current job or course of study and view it merely as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, don’t take it lightly. Look for opportunities to learn and develop, and showcase you talents. Do this consistently over time, and you will be surprised at how many doors will open for you. Who knows, in shifting your focus away from the job itself you might fall in love with the process and find contentment as well as success.
“I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success”
Thomas A Edison