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A Fresh Perspective on Career Advancement

Most people want to advance in their career or some aspect of their personal life.  What do you aspire to do?

Collaborating with a team of successful Staffing Consultants at Preference has provided me with the opportunity to hear many stories of people advancing in their career.  Our Preference team gets excited helping job seekers land their dream job, better themselves, and find meaningful work.  Lately I’ve pondered what it takes to progress in the world of work.  My personal take-away is mindset matters more than intelligence.  Sure, smarts undoubtedly help one navigate through life.  However, the mindsets we all embrace, whether we are aware of them or not, MATTER A LOT.

One mindset to highlight is the belief that you can learn what you need to learn to be successful.  This can be applied to how you make a living.  For example, what if you are an electrician but would rather be a plumber?  What about the airplane pilot that would rather be an air traffic controller?  Or the accountant who is nervous to ask their employer to try out sales?  Embracing the belief that your learning ability is unlimited will result in growing new skills, the satisfaction of being proactive on your life, and the enjoyment of living the life you choose.

This thought is supported by a Harvard Business Review article on a fixed mindset vs growth mindset authored by Catherine Cote: “This mindset—that ability and intelligence can be achieved through effort—is called a growth mindset, and it’s an invaluable asset in the startup world.”  She further explains: “Someone with a growth mindset views intelligence, abilities, and talents as learnable and capable of improvement through effort. On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset views those same traits as inherently stable and unchangeable over time.”

This research clearly demonstrates embracing the belief that it is OK if you don’t yet have the skills for the job you want, because you can learn them!  This is great news for anyone who aspires to change occupations, advance in their current career, or learn a new hobby.

What do you aspire to do?  Are you reaching your potential?  Start the conversation by calling Preference!