Have you ever wondered why some people quickly rise to the top? In this article, I will discuss 10 simple things you can do to speed up your career progression.

Most of the time, the people that get promoted quickly are not the smartest, neither are they the most hardworking.

So what exactly makes people to become exceptional employees in a company?  What is their secret and how can you be a superstar at work? Let us get right to it!

1. Avoid Arguments And Confrontations

It is almost impossible not to disagree with someone else, how you handle that disagreement is what matters the most. Rather than arguing with people, take a step back and find common grounds. See things from their own perspective, put yourself in their shoes. No one wants to look stupid; that is why most arguments never yield any positive result. Accept different views and opinions and never condemn any idea no matter how silly it sounds. People that argue are never likable, and they make terrible leaders.

Confrontations always end up messy. Avoid saying hurtful things to people or saying things you’ll end up regretting. It is true that some people can be unbearable and horrible to work with, but outbursts will never solve your problem. Try as much as possible to learn the art of patience and calm. Take a step back before reacting to any situation, successful people rarely lose their minds or engage in a shouting match with other people.

2. Genuinely Care About Others

Make each and every person feel important, from the janitor in your office right to your manager. Every human being craves recognition and attention; everyone wants to feel important. When you genuinely care about someone, the way you interact with that person changes completely. Take time to learn about each person; everyone has a story to tell, all you need to do is ask. When you treat people as colleagues only, they’ll treat you the same; they’ll have little empathy for you, and they’ll not care about you. You do not have to be close friends with everyone at work, but the little kind gestures such as asking about their loved ones or their hobbies will light up their day. When you care about other people, they love being around you. If they see any opportunity to help you, they most certainly will/

3. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Some work their life out, yet no one appreciates all their efforts, no one taps them on the back to recognize all the hours they have put into work. Why is this? Well sometimes, we focus on things that do not bring tangible results. Always focus on tasks that will bring measurable results. Always try to do things that will bring noticeable impact to your company or organization.  Be creative and take calculated risks, don’t just sit there and wait to be told what to do, take the initiative and amazing things. People that work smart know when to say yes to a project and when to say no, they know how to allocate their time well and are excellent with delegating tasks. People who work smart usually get the best projects because they have proven that they are goal getters.

4. Do What You Love.

I wonder why I did not put this at the top of the list because if you are not doing what you love, then your chances of success are limited. This life is short, very short and you only live once. Why would you do something you hate for the rest of your life? Most people start jobs they don’t like because they think it’ll be temporary. The problem is, once they get started, it becomes very difficult to quit because of so many uncertainties. Months turn to years and years turn to decades, they’ll finally retire miserable and without accomplishing anything in life.

Here is an amazing TedTalk on  ‘How To Find Work You Love’

Don’t allow yourself to be that person. When you do what you love, work becomes fun; you are more energetic, and you enjoy the challenges of that work. You’ll find yourself excelling in your work and outperforming others because for them it is work, but for you, it is fun and happiness. If you want success in your career progression, find what you love and make it work.

5. Never Stop Learning

It is no secret that ultra successful people read a lot. For instance; bill gates reads 50 books a year, billionaire Mark Cuban reads for 3 hours each day, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read at least 2 books a day throughout 2015. Always stay hungry and curious for information, be open minded, set goals every year to learn something completely new. Learning makes you develop as a person; you become smarter, more enlightened and far more tolerant.

Check out this cool post on huffington post on what famous people read.

Never assume you know everything about every given topic, learn from others, listen more and talk less. Learning sparks creativity and leads to ingenious solutions to the most complex problems, learn about your industry, learn about random things, always stay up to date. When you constantly learn, you are aware of the latest trends in your industry; you also become more useful to your company and colleagues.

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6. Always Go The Extra Mile

Want to supercharge your career progression? When you are asked for an inch, give a yard. When you’re given a task, always strive to exceed expectations, is the deadline on Friday? Submit it on Wednesday. Is your target to bring in 2 new clients per week? Bring 4. Going the extra mile always yields the best results in the workplace. People love pleasant surprises and going the extra mile ensures you give people just that. Whenever you go the extra mile, you are showing people that you are passionate about your work, you respect them and want to make them happy. Once you make it a habit, everyone would want you to handle important tasks. To go the extra mile, all you need to do is to put in a little more effort, dedication, and passion.

7. Network Network Network

And NO!! I don’t mean networking just for the sake of it. I mean forming genuine relationships with people, relationships that go beyond the workplace. Networking should be done naturally with no ulterior motives what so ever. Your career progression depends on how well you interact with people. If you are the smartest person in the world but you have the worst personality, you won’t get as far as you would hope to in your career. The more people you network with, the more likely you’ll be to succeed. You’ll always know “someone that knows someone” you’ll have so many people willing to help you whenever you need help.

Networking opens up so many opportunities to you and makes your work so much easier. When you make networking genuine and natural, you’ll soon realize that you have a real network of people who you share similar goals or aspirations and can learn and share experiences. You become part of something bigger than you, a true network motivates you and makes you strive to become a better professional.

8. Smile

Smiling makes you more sociable, more confident and seem more approachable. Smiling has been proven to be a stress reliever, it has been proven to boost the immune system and boost a person’s mood. A smile is contagious and difficult not to reciprocate. People who smile have a charm attached to them, they come across as very likable and trustworthy. Cultivate the habit of smiling; you’ll immediately see that people’s attitude towards you will dramatically change. You become a better leader, better follower, and a better colleague. Everyone wants to be around cheerful people, be that person. Smiling is free, next time you go out, people will like you more, and your mood will be much better.

9. Be Dependable

When you say you’ll do something, make sure you do it. Don’t give promises you cannot fulfill, be a lady/man of your words. Your reputation is priceless, never lose it. Everyone like a person that is dependable and consistent. When you’re dependable, people will vouch for you; they’ll also recommend you. When you say you’ll arrive at a particular time, make sure you stick to that time. When you promise to get something done, make sure it’s done as of when due. Slackers never make it far in life; success rarely comes knocking to slackers. Stay organized, stay disciplined, stay focused.

Be someone that everyone trusts, never disclose private information, never involve yourself in small talks. Be that person that everyone would think of to replace them when they cannot do a task or when they change roles. Your career progression depends on how ‘dependable’ you are.

10. Develop Self Control

According to Wikipedia, Self-control is “the ability to control one’s emotions and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, selfcontrol is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior to achieve goals” If you master self-control, you can master almost anything.

If you master self-control, you can master almost anything. Without self-control, you end up making dumb choices and stupid mistakes because you think about the present only and not the future. Self-control is difficult to achieve, and it requires constant training, you always need to train yourself to think about things in a rational way. Train your mind never to give into temptations and impulses; STOP THINK ASSESS Then ACT. When you have self-control, your leadership qualities come out because you are capable of keeping calm in tense situations and you can think straight and act right under pressure.

Most people find it difficult to compose themselves in tough situations, and so they look up to anyone that can do that. When you have self-control, you can focus on your goal and not allow anything to distract you till you achieve that goal. When you have self-control, you never give up; failure doesn’t scare you, and you are never short of confidence.

When you want to become a superstar at work and get promoted quickly, you have to think different. You have to be hungry for success; you have to be a leader, and you have to be someone that people like. Remember work smart, not hard. Career progression is a work in progress; you have to keep striving to be better all the time.


There are many things that aren’t on the list; I would love to hear what you’d add to the list.

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