Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Using Study To Advance In Business
Many people go through their whole careers thinking that the only way to get a promotion is to "know the right people," or to "just get lucky." And although luck certainly plays a small role in one's advancement and growth in business, this role is much smaller than many people tend to imagine. In fact, the place where many fail in business is not in luck, but in a failure to be prepared to take advantage of (or even recognize!) their opportunity when it shows up at last. Whether you are a small business owner, an employee at a large company, or even a manager hoping to move up higher in the ranks, it is important that you understand the value of studying to advance in business. Understanding what your competitors are doing is the best way for you to study if you are a small business owner. This does not just mean that you should understand what they are doing wrong, either; take a good look at your strongest competitor and figure out what they do right! For employees at large corporations, the struggle can be the fact that it often seems like it is impossible to get noticed. It can seem as though it is absolutely random whether an employee's hard work gets rewarded or not, as there are so many employees who are so similar to one another. It can seem like your study and hard work are getting you nowhere, and it can be easy to stop trying so hard. But remember: In time, your opportunity will come, as the law of averages dictates this; if you continue to work hard and advance in knowledge and expertise, you will be prepared to seize your opportunity when it comes along. For a manager, it is very easy to sit back and forget that there is still more to achieve. But as a manager, it is important that you not only continue to study to open up doors for advancement, but that you also study in order to enlighten those in your charge! Take thirty minutes each day to study a bit more about your business and the business around you, and you will be pleased with the growth of your knowledge and with your ability to seize your opportunity.