Being a professional is not an easy task – working 5 days a week and waiting for the month end, to go about flaunting the cheques. However, if you wish to make a grand career, there are certain mantras to live by. They will not only come handy in times of need but will also help you keep cool always in the work environment.
Discard all negativity – If there is anything that could really make you comfortable and keep you in your zone, it is to discard all negativity around you. Don’t like a colleague? – Don’t think about it. Focus on your work and keep accelerating.
Be kind always - Be nice to people. You never know what they are going through or what their personal circumstances are. Don't put anyone down to make yourself feel better.
Get back up, every time - When you suffer embarrassment, it's not the end. It may seem like a huge setback but all you must do is show up the next day. This one step is usually the hardest.
Fight back - Some of us have the natural capacity to do this, others should get better at learning to fight for ourselves. Don't give in to everyone's ideas all the time. Learn to question other people's ideas. Learn to counter opposing arguments and correct thinking. Also, recognise when to give in to superior arguments.
Be brave - The more you make decisions and venture out, the bigger your wins and the more confident you will become. Don't stand in the shadows and expect to be rewarded for it. The old saying is still true: "no guts, no glory".
Believe in you - Believe in yourself and others will follow. Your confidence will shine and your colleagues will naturally respect you.
Stay away from nonsense - Do not entertain foolishness or suffer fools gladly. Walk away from those you cannot reason with instead of pursuing a line of argument that leads nowhere.
Have self-confidence - Do not let others determine how you feel about yourself. Life is tough enough without you giving up the power to control how you feel about yourself and whatever happens to you. Preserve your right to be happy and confident in your abilities. Don't give that up - it's the essence of who you are.
Address your knowledge gaps - Seek first to understand and you will become that much powerful as time unfolds.
Do good work - Do better than you did yesterday. Fortune favours the brave and what's more? The results are instant.
Team up whenever possible - It is okay not to win every time or be the rising star in every meeting. Sometimes, you must ride on the wings of others. It's called team work and it is a sign of strength not weakness.
Learn - Learning a new concept is like learning how to walk. Initially, it's like having crutches on, and then losing the crutches when you can walk steadily all by yourself. After a while, you will start to jog, run and then sprint. It's not about the destination. Sometimes the journey is all there is. The pursuit of knowledge is never ending.
Be smart - Learn how to be smart or at least appear smart. It will work wonders for you. Downplay your weaknesses and emphasize your strengths.