Lately I’ve been receiving some comments here on TameraMowry.com from some of you in need of career advice. It’s pretty obvious that I started working from an early age, but things have changed so much over the years. Now I host, produce, act, and write too. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re going nowhere at a place you spend 40+ hours of your time and energy each week! Whatever your path may be – there are a few things you can do to pave the way for success.
1. Ask questions. This is key to career success early on but it’s also important to keep asking questions. Asking questions is how you learn. Think of it this way: in school, you had books that taught you specific things. A lot of the time at work, you learn by experience. There’s not always a handbook (and many times those handbooks don’t even scratch the surface!), so you need to speak up. Once you feel comfortable asking questions, you’ll start to feel comfortable sharing ideas and eventually going after what you want. It’s a great way to gain confidence, knowledge and carve out a place in any position.
2. Find a mentor (or two). You’ll know it when you meet them – those amazing people who aren’t just about advancing themselves (or maybe they already have), but who will hang back and spill their secrets, pass on their skills and lend a hand. These are the people who, it doesn’t matter if they’re your direct manager, a kind co-worker or an industry contact, will take the time to not only give you advice when you struggle but to cheer you on let you know when you’re doing something right. There’s no better feeling than someone who’s got your back, and when you find them don’t let them get away! You don’t need to work with this person forever to remain close.
3. Ignore the naysayers – They might be in the cubicle next to yours, they might be a concerned member of your family, or they might be people who comment your Instagram… But there’s always someone there to tell you no. If you’re set on pursuing a passion, it’s going to show! People are going to hear you talk about goals and dreams – you won’t want to keep it a secret. Don’t let these negative people define you… Remember, some people don’t know how to deal with their own insecurities, but luckily YOU know what you want.
4. Weigh your options. With that said, sometimes it’s your higher ups that are constantly bringing you down. If there are people or systems in place that make it difficult for you to do your best work, you have to weigh your options. Don’t be afraid of professional confrontation – sometimes all you need to do is express your feelings to solve a problem. Other times, you may not have any pull in a situation. If the work environment itself is making it impossible to advance – or even bear the situation – consider moving on. A lot of times when we feel stuck, it’s because we haven’t weighed all the options. Sit down with someone close and work out all the possibilities.
5. Know your why. This is something that a lot of people keep in mind when starting a business…You have to know why you do it. Well, whether or not you’re a business owner this is so important. For some people, their job is their life’s work, their calling. For others, it’s something that affords them the opportunity to provide for their family and come home at the end of the day and relax with loved ones. No matter what your why is, make sure you remind yourself of it from time to time. If you lose sight of this, you may get stuck in a rut and find you’re not advancing. Having this “why” at the back of your mind will fuel your hard work and push you to new heights professionally.
Keep in mind that success is dependent on you – you define it and you achieve it! What’s your idea of career success?