Having a successful career starts the same way that any other type of success does— in your mind. Your mindset is the core of your behaviors, which are what will lead to success in both your career and your life. Here are four key mentalities and strategies that you should consider adopting.
- An abundance mentality
It’s tempting to think in terms of scarcity and believe that you need to scrape for what’s yours. In this mindset, you see everyone as competition and anyone else’s success takes away from you. It’s nearly impossible to cheer for others when you see them as potential threats.
The antithesis to the scarcity mentality is the abundance mentality. It’s the belief that there is more than enough for everyone and that success is better achieved together. You can see an abundance mentality when you look at successful business owners who are sharing all of their “secrets” with new entrepreneurs. Think of success like you do sunlight, then you’ll realize there’s more than enough to go around.
- Embracing failure
The fear of failure can be paralyzing. But you can overcome this by changing your mindset. Stop thinking of failure as the opposite of success and instead think of failure as a pitstop on the road to success. No one succeeds without failing. We all start at the beginning of our journeys making mistakes and learning from them. That’s how we improve and that’s how we ultimately find success.
If you don’t learn to embrace failure, you’ll never improve. Imagine that each failure is a chapter in the book that will one day be written about you. It would be a pretty boring book if you simply tried and succeeded right away, right? Failure is part of learning, just make sure your failures propel you forward and don’t set you back.
- Setting clear goals and keeping them in your mind
Goal-setting is a critical part of your career success. After all, how will you know if you’re successful if you aren’t aiming at anything?
Set clear long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals include your big picture vision. For instance, what is your definition of success in your career? If you start with your big vision, you can work backward and decide what short-term goals will eventually lead you to where you want to go.
- Focusing on your habits
We all have good and bad habits. Good habits are ones that get us closer to where we want to be, and bad habits are the ones that hold us back from those goals. Since habits become second nature, the more good habits you can develop, the more likely you are to succeed with much less effort.
After you’re clear on your goals, you can then determine what habits would be best for you to cultivate. What daily actions will lead you to success? List out 2 to 3 and then start doing those things every single day. After a month or two, you’ll be doing them without even realizing it.
Video interviews are becoming more and more common and are quite convenient for both interviewers and interviewees. That being said, there are some significant differences between a video interview and an in-person one. In some ways, video interviews offer some significant advantages, but they can also provide some significant disadvantages if you are not careful. Here three tips to video interviewing like a boss.
- Dress appropriately from head to toe
One temptation of video interviewing is to only dress professionally from the waist up. After all, the interviewer is not likely to see anything from the waist down. How you dress has an impact on how you carry yourself, however, so if you are wearing a shirt and tie with pajama pants, you are more likely to come across overly relaxed on camera. Also, you never know when the smoke alarm might go off mid-interview. You don’t want interviewers to get a good look at your bunny slippers and Thor pajamas as you go to investigate.
- Set the stage
Cameras view the world very differently than the human eye does. Fluorescent lights, for instance, cast a slightly green shade and can make your skin look sallow and washed out. You’ll want to dress in plain, bold or dark colors and avoid loud patterns, which can be distracting on camera. You’ll also want to choose where you sit carefully and pay attention to what is behind you.
- Account for lag
No matter how great your signal or how fast your internet speed, even the best connections will be subject to lag. It’s a good idea to pause briefly after an interviewer has asked a question before answering. Not only will this help ensure they are done with their question, but it can also make you appear to be giving a more thoughtful response. While this pause may feel awkward to you, it will ensure your interview goes far more smoothly.
A great way to prepare for a video interview is to watch newscasters for a while. Pay attention to how they dress, what colors they choose and even how they speak or “appear” on camera. Aim to mimic their look, actions, and behavior, and it will go a long way towards helping you rock your video interview.
Most of us, for various reasons, occasionally set new goals to reach, often within a specified amount of time. However, despite our best efforts, we often fail. The next time you want to meet a challenge, overcome a weakness or set a new goal, try the following tips that can help you stay committed to your quest.
View the effort to reach your goal as a sprint rather than a marathon. As you map your task over the next several weeks or months, set up periodic reminders on your computer, in your phone, and on your desk. You might even pack a note in your briefcase or lunchbox, or post one at your bathroom mirror or on the fridge. With reminders permeating your daily activities, you will be reminded frequently to help you stay on task.
Get a partner or friend to share your goal. People who work toward the same target are often able to help each other be more successful than if they worked alone. Indirectly, you can also inform family members and coworkers of your plans, so they can respect your time and support your goals even if they are not actively involved.
In today’s hectic world, it is easy to get distracted. Time spent searching the Web, keeping up with social media, or meeting personal and professional responsibilities is time-consuming. Your goal may slip further down your list of priorities and be delayed indefinitely if you lose track of it. Reevaluate your to-do list weekly, if not more often, and stay on track with meeting your goal. Avoid taking on additional responsibilities until you achieve your current objective.
Don’t Give Up
As we all know, it is easy to become discouraged and just give up. We sometimes feel inadequate, ill-prepared, or intimidated in trying to achieve something vital. But we need to remember that a goal, once set, should not be easily surrendered. Look around at other people you admire who have accomplished extraordinary things in their lives. Keep in mind the benefits of meeting your goal. Look to social media for inspiration and advice, if needed.
Motivation comes more from within, but it can be nurtured from outside ourselves. Have faith in yourself to complete the task.
About Graham Zahoruiko
ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS LEADER FOR GREATER CORPORATE SHAREHOLDER WEALTH, PUBLIC BENEFIT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Graham Zahoruiko is a transformational growth leader with over 25 years of entrepreneurial C-Level leadership experience. His objective is to help companies unlock unprecedented growth and increase shareholder value, while delivering an Internal Rate of Return (IRR) that far exceeds the cost of any restructuring or reorganization. He does this by delivering a highly polished “game changing” solution strategy, executable materials, and team mentoring throughout the implementation phase.
The key foundational element of any organization is the right culture. When precisely positioned, the right company values and work environment lead to independent, empowered, self-reflective teams that have both the initiative and the capability to drive new revenue sources, generate higher profitability, and lower operational costs.
The assignments Graham Zahoruiko takes on vary widely based on the specific needs of the companies he works for, but some examples include: interim leadership; positioning and executing an initiative or project; cultural improvements; project and process management; leadership development; growth initiatives; cost efficiencies and improvements; personal career performance coaching; innovation modeling; entrepreneurship; and mentoring.
For a number of years, Graham Zahoruiko has contemplated how he can do the work that he loves but continue to add more purpose, meaning and value. Consultants tend to push harder and harder on the obsession for long-term value for clients.
Combining meaningful work and a meaningful “public benefit” certainly would be ideal. Near and dear to Graham Zahoruiko has always been family, children and disadvantaged. As a background in organizational effectiveness, change management and transformation ideally prepares one for leading through change, Graham is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation. Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation delivers high value project-based management consulting services for greater corporate shareholder wealth, public benefit and social responsibility. Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation’s own advocacy efforts focus on families, children and disadvantaged.
While working for a multi-billion dollar energy company, Graham proposed and led an effort to transform a $160 million dollar division with 750 employees and its 4th C-level leader in 5 years from a “cost center” into a “growth center”.
The implementation of this plan involved several key shifts, both in mindset and operation. The first step was the launch of a new culture through the development of a “Cultural Playbook”, which promoted a more innovative generation of employees empowered with the skills and ability to lead the company into a future of unprecedented growth. Graham Zahoruiko also conceptualized, developed, and implemented a QBR (Quarterly Business Review) program and accompanying materials for all senior leaders, resulting in a more consistent reporting format that improved corporate communication, business line health, and tracking mechanisms for leader reviews. This program increased shareholder value by $731 million. Graham also created a C-level leadership presentation for the CEO and Board on the subject of “game changing – change the lens/perspective of thinking” which outlined “the pitch, the proof and the value” of a $1 billion investment. This new thinking derived a 59% IRR, a significant impact on the organization’s P/E Ratio, and a $3.4 billion increase in shareholder value.
When working with a $250 million healthcare company, Graham Zahoruiko found the organization with a global business division comprised of over 350 hands-on IT professionals with expertise in cloud technologies, networking, applications hosting, storage, and disaster recovery. The $60 million division was facing declining revenue.
After rebuilding morale and mentoring the team on leadership and entrepreneurship, Graham helped improve gross margins by up to 40%, and net margins by 17% (12% to 29%) with the addition of $20 million in new revenue bookings. Operations were restructured through offshore centralization, and processes were formalized for the prevention of future revenue and cost leakages. The sales pipeline subsequently grew from $0 to $110M.
Graham Zahoruiko also led the formation a Cloud Software Services sub-business unit, and re-positioned aging software IP into a new offering centered on healthcare data access archiving, reducing ongoing client legacy software costs by 80%. The new release resulted in $15M in revenue opportunity and a recurring revenue stream. The company’s subsequent operating plan focused on continued margin improvement, better client value, innovation, and long-term sustainability of continued revenue growth.
Leveraging very early roots as a repeat start-up entrepreneur, Graham Zahoruiko is an independent management consultant helping leaders improve shareholder value through strategic improvements and transformations in culture, entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth. He has a talent for balancing the business and financial impact of decisions with the people side of the equation.
Northeastern University (Business Management): 1996
Saint John’s Preparatory (General Studies): 1990
Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout Award): 1987