We live in an era where women are no longer comfortable with just doing well. All over the world, women are smashing glass ceilings in the corporate world and excelling in business. They have become more aware of the power of personal development, self-promotion, working smart and strategic networking. Get inspired to succeed through these amazing tips!

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Take these with you when climbing the corporate ladder

  1. Show up, put in the work and give it your best

Benefits of being diligent and hardworking are many. While you may not see the payoff right away, you are assured of reaping the rewards in future:

  • You get to polish your skills and enrich your expertise in the field you are in. You gain experience in your industry and self-confidence.
  • You earn the recognition of your superiors for promotion.
  • You earn the respect of your peers in the industry and can be recommended for other opportunities across the field.
  • The acquired expertise can earn you mentorship opportunities for juniors or newcomers, further enriching your experience.
  1. Never stop learning and growing

As long as we are alive, there is something to learn and something to change.

  • Seek to learn and know more. Sign up for courses and attend any company seminars or training programs to add on to your portfolio.
  • Be honest from the onset regarding your skills that is, what you can and cannot do to avoid unnecessary pressure.
  • Do not be afraid or ashamed of asking for help from senior or more experienced staff members.
  • Ask questions, talk to and work with people from different departments.
  • On the other hand, there may be things you know that other staff members can find valuable and helpful, share your skills and knowledge with others and help wherever and whenever you can. This way you get to acquire new skills from others while showcasing your own value to the organisation. 
  1. Use failure as a catalyst for success

Life is many tries and errors, failure is not fatal. It is what you do when you fail that determines your tomorrow. No great success was ever achieved without failure.

  • Learn from your mistakes and use them as stepping stones to achieving your goals.
  • Whenever you fail, do not lose your enthusiasm; let it be the fuel to keep you going. Relentless practise and self-motivation are sure ways of polishing your skills and elevating yourself in your career.
  • The only real mistake is the one from which you learn nothing. Embrace all feedback whether from positive or negative outcome to gather experience.
  • Failure changes your thinking. It eradicates a victim mindset, blame and prevents you from giving up. Instead, it instils a positive, go-getter attitude which is a necessary catalyst for progress and success.
  • Failure puts your capabilities in the spotlight. You are able to discard those qualities about you which do not serve you or which are not productive and acquire new skills that you can utilise in your career.

Navigating the uncertainty of venturing into business

  1. Do not be afraid of taking risks

Risks do not necessary mean being careless or that it’s all doom and gloom. Risks can actually be enjoyable adventures. Success rarely comes to us, we need to go out there and seek it in unknown territory, it is rarely found in our safe comfort zones.

Benefits of taking risks

  • You step into new ventures, get a feel of them and uncover unforeseen opportunities for start-ups, expansion or upgrade.
  • You become more creative, you learn to think outside the box and that is a great tool for change.
  • You become more knowledgeable as you gather new information; this improves your standards and productivity.
  • You also get to learn about yourself, your capabilities, endurance and limits are always tested in new territory. This way, you become more aware of where and how you can utilise your skills at an optimum.
  • You learn a couple of lessons, overcome your fear of failure and gain more self-confidence.

Are risks worthwhile?

There is no knowing for sure how a new venture will turn out, it is only by extensive market research, skills development and actually stepping in and doing it, that you are able to determine whether or not it is worthwhile. Get advice from people in similar fields and find out what their challenges are, get as much information and know –how as possible before venturing into new territories.

Sometimes well-orchestrated ventures fail, due to unforeseeable circumstances or changes in the environment. On the other hand, some people have jumped right into a venture without much preparation or faith in it and it has (much to their surprise) taken off in amazing ways.

If your heart is in it, and it’s not complex, it adds value or solves a problem, is unique and profitable, it may be worth your while. However if it does not give you any satisfaction, requires a lot of funding, is difficult to manage, is causing you great losses or does not give any return on investment it may not be worth pursuing.

  1. Diversify, do not put all your eggs in one basket

We all have our natural talents plus our educational qualifications. Sometimes they are the same, but most times they are not, for example, someone who is an Accountant by qualification and an Actress by talent. Life is juggling our many skills and talents whether it’s to follow our calling, to pay the bills or to keep going until we are where we want to be.

Diversifying means you are aware of this and utilising it differently. It’s like casting a net into different parts of the river, you’re not sure what will eventually work or come out but you’re willing to try and you do not want to focus on one thing.

 Benefits /Importance of Diversifying

  • Multiskilling, you get to acquire different skills in different industries and you get to weave them all into one beautiful tapestry, for example, one who owns a guest lodge, diversifying into event management, catering or outdoor activities all on offer under one roof. You get to be an industry leader because of the many inter-related services.
  • You discover new ways of doing a particular thing. There are many ways to kill a cat, diversifying can also mean, staying true to your interest but doing it in many different ways. For example a Training company that has diversified to offering e-courses online, training apps or mobile training services.
  • Diversifying can also mean multiple income streams. Particularly if you’re trying to get a project off the ground, the income from other sources can be used to fund it. In a way, that’s also staying true to your interest.
  • Diversifying in the long run can save you lots of time and money. You find out what works, invest more effort and resources in it, and let go of what doesn’t work.
  • Diversifying reduces risk because you have not put all your eggs in one basket, when one venture fails, you have others to prop you up and keep you afloat.

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