How to Make Your Career Come up Aces

I was doing a little pre spring cleaning in my office the other day and came across a card that I’ve held on to for over 30 years.  I got it when I heard a talk by Robert Henry, a Former President,  of the National Speakers Association.

The talk was called, “Make Your Career Come up Aces.  Robert had four aces from a playing card deck in his shirt pocket.  He pulled them out and began how these four aces will help anybody succeed.

He called the aces…

  • A — Attitude
  • C — Commitment
  • E — Enthusiasm
  • S — Service

Let’s take  look at each of them in a little more detail.

You get to choose your attitude.  You get to decide if you are going to be an optimistic, upbeat person, or pessimistic and down at the mouth.  Successful people are optimists.  They look for the positive in every situation — even if it is only a lesson that can be learned from a failure or setback.  What’s your attitude?  Is it helping or hindering your career?

Successful people commit to doing the things they need to do to succeed.  They take personal responsibility for their success.  Committed people don’t make excuses.  They take action.  They are willing to do the things that other people aren’t willing to do.  What do you need to commit to doing to take your career to the next level?

Enthusiastic people are eager and intense.  They take an active interest in all things relating to their career.  They roll up their sleeves and dig into their work.  They care.  And because they care, they succeed.  Enthusiastic people love what they do and they let it show.  Does your enthusiasm for your work show through?  If not, what are you going to do to change?

One of Zig Ziglar’s, the famous sales trainer and motivational speaker, quotes goes something like this.  “You can get anything you want in this world if you help other people get what they want.”  That’s the essence of service.  Help other people.  Figure out how you can be of use and of service, and you’ll never want for a job.  What can you do to be of more service to your company and colleagues?

I was pleased to come across my ACES card.  I hope that you take as much inspiration from these simple ideas as I do — and I hope you put them to work in your life and career.

Your career mentor,


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