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Career Development

Personally, I have never received a promotion in my life that I could not trace directly to recognition that I had gained by rendering more service and better service than that for which I was paid.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take responsibility for your own career. Don’t assume that others are aware of the good work you are doing.
Sharon Allen

Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present problems.
Malcolm Forbes

The way to douse a firing is to use what you learned for an even better hiring.
Harvey Mackay

The biggest mistake in life is to think that you work for someone else. True, you may have a boss and you may collect a paycheck from a company but ultimately, you are the master of your own destiny. You decide what potential you reach in your career and what you will eventually accomplish in your life.
Bob Nelson

Career Development

Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.
Bernard Baruch

Look for ways to make your boss look good.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never demean the time you spend in the trenches. If you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can learn an awful lot about how an organization behaves, and that can be very useful later on.
Pat Riley

You promote yourself every time you take on a new responsibility.
William Gore

I think the safest, surest way to the top is to have a strong, broad base of experience. That’s why I use the pyramid metaphor. Pyramids have a stronger base than a free-standing ladder. But to get that strong base, you may have to take lateral promotions, or maybe even take a step backward in your career.
Carol Bartz

Career Development

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
Jane Fonda

I always avoid loud exits. Slamming the door behind you could close doors ahead of you.
George Allen

Never admit at work that you’re tired, angry or bored.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job.
Malcolm Forbes

If you are having trouble pursuing your passion, you can still find real happiness by putting passion into your current pursuits. Each of us can find our calling where we are, right now, if we only begin to see the higher purpose to our task. The farmer provides nourishment, the builder gives shelter, the office worker offers assistance and solves problems for customers and fellow workers.
Thomas Kinkade


You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles – people nearly always pick a problem their own size, and ignore or leave others the bigger or smaller ones.
Sir Anthony Jay

No easy problems ever came to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never ever ever go to see the boss about a problem without bringing along a proposed solution. Better yet, three solutions.
Walter Kiechel III

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Arnold Glasgow

Be a part of the solution to avoid being a part of the problem. Assistants and workers who love to deposit “insoluble” problems at the feet of their employers like dead kittens will always remain in assistant positions.
Liz Smith

The Extra Mile

Going the extra mile turns a spotlight on you and gives you the important benefit of favorable contrast with others.
Napoleon Hill

There’s no traffic jam on the second mile.
Zig Ziglar

If you want to go far fast, do more than is expected of you.
John Maxwell

Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable.
Og Mandino

Passion for Your Career

People who choose to do what they love wind up way ahead of people who don’t.
Dr. Bob Rotella

I never went to work. I always went to play.
Willie Stargell

You can have fun and still be efficient. In fact, you will be more efficient.
Charles Swindoll

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Doing what you love solves so many problems. If you do what you love, it’s never hard to get out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face. If you do what you love, it will be easy to work as hard as you have to work to succeed.
Dr. Bob Rotella

Career Development

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does.
James Michener

Once a year ask the boss, “What do I or my people do that helps you to do your job?” and “What do I or my people do that hampers you?”
Peter Drucker

The squeaky wheel doesn’t always get greased; it often gets replaced.
John Peers

If there’s any single mistake that people make about holding on to their jobs, it’s failure to communicate with the boss. I know the term “communication” is sometimes awkward, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to let your boss know what you’re doing.
S. Eric Wachtel

If you want to move up in business, the first rule is not to be invisible. To be noticed by bosses, ask questions and offer constructive advice. Don’t substitute talk for action. Don’t be afraid to present your best abilities when the opportunity arrives. Don’t be shy.
George Mazzei