7 Keys to Creating Your Career Success

This is my first career advice post of 2011.  This year I will continue writing about how to create the life and career success you want and deserve.

I have seven main pieces of career advice for you.  I discuss them in my latest career success book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less, and its companion piece Success Tweets Explained.  Take a look…

  1. Clarify the purpose and direction for your life and career.
  2. Commit to taking personal responsibility for your career success.
  3. Build unshakeable self confidence.
  4. Create positive personal impact.
  5. Become an outstanding performer.
  6. Become a dynamic communicator.
  7. Build strong, lasting mutually beneficial relationships with the important people in your life.

In one way or another all of my blog posts, articles, tweets and books focus on at least one of these career advice tips.  Since we are beginning a new year I thought I’d it makes sense to do a quick overview of each of them.


There are three things you need to do to clarify the purpose and direction for your life and career.  First, develop your personal definition of career success.  Second, create a vivid mental image of yourself as a career success.  Third, clarify your personal values.


There are three things you need to do to commit to your life and career success.  First, take personal responsibility for your life and career.  Second, set high goals, and do whatever it takes to achieve them.  Third, choose to respond positively to whatever happens to you as you go about creating the life and career success you want and deserve.


There are five things you need to do to build unshakeable self confidence.  First, choose optimism.  Believe that you can and will succeed.  Second, face your fears and act.  Don’t let fear paralyze you into inaction.  Third, surround yourself with positive people.  Jettison the negative people in your life.  Fourth, find a mentor to help you grow and create your career success.  Fifth, mentor others.  Your confidence and career success will grow as you share your knowledge and expertise.

Positive Personal Impact

There are four things you need to do to create positive personal impact.  First, create and nurture your unique personal brand.  Second, demonstrate respect for yourself and others in the way you dress and present yourself.  Third, remember that your on line presence is as important – or more important – than how you present yourself in person.  Present yourself on line as the competent professional you are.  Fourth, learn and follow the basic rules of business etiquette.

Outstanding Performance

There are three things you need to do to become an outstanding performer.  First, become a lifelong learner.  In today’s fast paced world, if you’re not learning you’re not standing still, you’re going backward.  Second, manage your time, life and stress well.  Third, live a healthy lifestyle.  It’s easier to create the career success you deserve when you are at the top of your game.

Dynamic Communication

There are three things you need to do to become a dynamic communicator.  First, become a great conversationalist.  Listen more than you speak.  Ask questions and respond appropriately.  Second, write in a clear, concise, easy to read style.  Third, become an excellent presenter – to groups of two or 200.

Relationship Building

There are three things you need to do to build strong relationships.  First, get to know yourself.  Use this self knowledge to better understand others.  Second, pay it forward.  Give with no expectation of return.  Third, resolve conflict positively.  Always look for where you agree with a person with whom you are in conflict.  Use small points of agreement to build creative solutions to your differences.

This was a quick overview of my best career success advice.  I’ll be blogging about each of these ideas in detail during the days and weeks to come.  I’m always interested in your ideas on what I have to say in this blog.  So please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.  Send me your questions.  Let me know which topics you would like me to focus on in the days and weeks to come.  And, as always thanks for reading.  I hope 2011 is your best year yet and that it brings you the life and career success you want and deserve.


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  1. Marie Fay says:

    Happy New Year Bud! Thank you for your career advice. I will be trying to put this advice into my new career path as a Dog Trainer and what I want to do beyond just training (not sure what that is yet) but this advice applies regardless of what you might be pursuing. Thanks again. Marie

  2. Happy New Year to you too Marie. Good to hear from you.
    I think you will be a great dog trainer. You are patient and compassionate.
    Keep me posted on how things are going.

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