Star’s Corner: Star’s 5 Fierce Tips for Career Success
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou
Strong, bold, determined! Women have always paved the way…and when preparation meets opportunity, there’s no stopping us from achieving success!
It’s time to open doors, break ceilings and move to the next level. “Own your own power!” That’s how we say it here at NAPW. We keep it real. If you dream something, live it. If you want something, go for it. Create your success and build the career you want, are prepared for and deserve.
NAPW professional women take leadership to a whole new level—they’re hard-working, confident and stand for what they believe in. They advance in their careers, build their own entrepreneurial ventures and make a difference in the lives of women and girls. They take initiative and it continues to inspire me every day. So keep moving forward, ladies! Keep reaching, achieving, leaning in and empowering others to do the same.
On your professional journey, be inspired and stay fierce with these career tips:
Find Your Passion
It’s true, there’s no magic formula to success, however, when your career direction aligns with who you are and what is important to you, that is magical. Truly believing in what you do and making a difference—makes all the difference. Embrace what you’re passionate about and stand firmly in the space God has created for you.
Patience + Persistence = Power
Fulfilling your dreams is very hard work. Earn every bit of success you experience and then work even harder to maintain that success. Have tunnel vision when chasing your goals. Just like everyone else, I have heard “no” several times in my career, and it hurt each time. But I never gave up and that was the key. Each time, I would regroup, think about what I could do to be ready for the next opportunity and push forward. I’ll say it again: when preparation meets opportunity, nothing is out of reach.
Learn, Educate, Grow
Keep recreating and evolving. Have the skill set necessary to explore different options that may be presented to you. Continue to build a professional career by staying ahead of the game and being equipped with new ideas, skills and strategies. Be sure to check out our education resources, exclusively for NAPW members. Advance or complete your education with our partner Operation Graduate; dig into our vast collection of on-demand seminars, webinars and more with STAR12; enhance your skills, knowledge and continue your education with Lorman Education Services. What you study and learn today can improve all your tomorrows.
Network Like You Mean It
Networking is an opportunity to grow your individual wealth and attain professional success. Make sure you bring something to the table other than an appetite. Think about what you have to offer the people you’re reaching out to. When you attend networking events have clear goals, take time to have meaningful conversations and always, always follow up. Expand your network and sign up for seminars, webinars or local industry events. You never know who you’re going to meet. New people are everywhere…which means new networking opportunities are everywhere.
Pay It Forward
You have the passion, skills, knowledge, and experience—now use it for an ever-greater purpose. Help others. Whether it’s mentoring someone, recommending someone for a job opening, making an introduction or even acting as a sounding board, do it! Join your Local Chapter and become a philanthropic force for positive change.
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