During your career development, there comes a point where your leadership skills will be put to test. Technical skills are obviously important because they will get you to a position where you may have to start utilizing your soft skills. This is the exact reason why leadership skills are considered a very important attribute that can help you to climb the career ladder.
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Career change can be a long process filled with small victories and setbacks.
If you're currently going through a career change, chances are you'll need a pick-me-up or two along the way. Here are seven quotes to keep you going and inspire you along the way.
For Those Contemplating Career Change<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDYyODYzOC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjYyMTM2NH0.PQzpK1q7QiohgEyQz0UKW_fzZy5UUUoEMZNKSdhIjLM/img.png?width=980" id="25ccf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ade0bd10fcc10f86aff85c55adcfa920" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><em>"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."</em></p><p><strong>— Amelia Earhart</strong></p><p>This quote from the famous American aviation pioneer will really hit home if you're early in the career change process. Perhaps you have been on the fence about making a career change for a long time and just making the decision to go through with the change was a stressful process within itself. Sometimes people know in their hearts that it's time for a career change but they're scared for various reasons.</p><p>Overcoming those fears and committing to change is a victory! If you're strong enough to make that tough decision, you're also strong enough to go through the career change process and be victorious.</p><p><br></p><p><em>"Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."</em> </p><p><strong>— M. Scott Peck</strong></p><p>This quote from the psychiatrist and best-selling author is all about getting out of your comfort zone, and that's what leaving behind one career and trying another is all about. You'll have moments of self doubt and you'll be challenged. Embrace those moments because you'll learn about yourself and push yourself to new limits. <strong>It's the best way to grow!</strong><br></p>
Inspiration For Those In The Middle Of The Career Change Process<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDYyODY1NS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMDM1OTY4N30.SvZYFSRXwhRjmLp8Gy98TS1JB2at_5uz595GBb3Zelo/img.png?width=980" id="7b4ff" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="90254ec13ec16e3a2ae9041331e2c0fc" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><em>"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." </em></p><p><strong>— Steve Jobs</strong></p><p>The job search process can be long and frustrating but it's important to remember that good things take time. <strong>You don't want to settle for any job, you want the RIGHT job.</strong> The job that will be professionally and personally rewarding. Don't stop until you find that job! Jobs, the founder of Apple, never settled and he did pretty well.</p><p><br></p><p><em>"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." </em></p><p><strong>— Wayne Gretzky</strong></p><p>This a very simple quote from one of the greatest hockey players of all time but it carries so much weight. There may be times where you're hesitant to apply for a job because of a lack of experience or you don't feel that you're good enough.<strong> If you don't try, you've already failed.</strong></p><p>Do the research, prepare accordingly and apply for the job. Even if you don't get it, you may learn something from the process that will make you a better candidate moving forward.</p><p><br></p><p><em>"The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on."</em></p><p>— Barack Obama</p><p>You will undoubtedly face some setbacks along the way in your efforts to change careers. Don't dwell too long on those setbacks. Learn from there and move forward. As the 44th president of the United States alludes to, <strong>feeling sorry for yourself will only slow you down.</strong></p>
As You Near Your Career Change Goal<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMDYyODY3OS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NzM0MzMwOX0._lm_GczIbQpqnAQXh6W9UsYITgPw-A1eZQ0cpm2Lq18/img.png?width=980" id="6f4dc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4fb4cbb07e64de2fecf4dda0f80d4224" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><em>"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure," </em></p><p><strong>— Colin Powell</strong></p><p>If you were successful in your career change transition, chances are you can relate to the former U.S. secretary of state's quote. It took hard work, preparation and a little failure to accomplish your goal. You'll find that this is the recipe for most successful ventures in life.</p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em>"How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?" </em><br></p><p><strong>— Seth Godin</strong></p> <p>The sky's the limit! Never stop trying to improve and grow in your career. If you don't, you're only selling yourself short. If you ever stop growing in your career, it may be time to make another change. As the American author says in his quote, <strong>you have every opportunity to be remarkable, you just need to take it.</strong></p>
Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to read something inspirational or educational for 30 minutes. We all want to make time to read these days, but for most of us, it just doesn’t seem to happen. Something always comes up that’s more important or you’re just too tired to pick up a book. In a world where we’re all glued to our phones, computers, and TVs, reading good ol’ fashion books almost seems archaic. However, it’s not a bad idea to give your eyes a break from electronics. Plus, reading something inspirational or educational for only 30 minutes can spark an idea, reignite a passion, or simply teach you something new. This is an especially good idea if you’re feeling like you’re falling behind at work, losing interest in your job, or just need a little inspiration for a project. Take a few minutes to read your favorite magazine and get ideas. Or, you can finally start that book you’ve been meaning to read that’s just collecting dust on your nightstand. Today, challenge yourself to take 30 minutes to read something inspirational or educational, whether it’s a book, magazine, article, or something else. What are your favorite books, magazines, or articles to read? What about them makes them special to you?
Habits. The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people challenge themselves to make simple habit changes (and actually follow through).
Take a deep breath of that January air – Smells like a fresh start, doesn’t it? A new year, a clean slate, and a million goals to achieve… What could go wrong? Unfortunately, it’s too easy for those newfound resolutions to fall to the wayside after the New Year high. It’s understandable – I mean, you’ve got a million other things to do... you don’t have time to focus on your goals, right? WRONG. Don’t sell yourself short this year. Here are a few surprisingly easy ways to achieve your goals: