Know yourself: The secret to career success
Julia is a 22-year-old college graduate who is looking for her first full-time position in the workforce. At her first interview, the human resources representative said “Tell me about yourself.” Julia gave the standard answers like, “I’m a go-getter,” “I work well with others,” “I graduated with a 3.5 GPA,” and “I’m a fast learner.”
But, Julia thought about that question on her way home. Over and over again the question “Tell me about you,” kept replaying in her mind. Who is she really? Does she even know who she is? Will she fit into the culture of that office, or will she have a problem assimilating?
Knowing yourself is the key to success in life and business. When you know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, you become a much better asset to any company, and you can tackle the day-to-day aspects of any job: projects, timelines, interruptions, crises and more. Following the questions below will help you recognize what it is that make you you, and how you can excel:
What type of person are you? What’s inside of you is reflected to the outside world through your actions. Do you accept others for who they are? Do you pass people without smiling at them or speaking? If someone holds the door for you, do you say thank you? Do you appreciate the differences in others, like their way of dress, their language, their culture; or, do you criticize and think that you’re better than they are? Were you taught manners, etiquette and other common courtesies? Be honest with yourself, and try to reflect your innate goodness.
How do you stay positive and upbeat? When you feel poorly on a daily basis; when you are exhausted at the end of your workday, to the point of hating your job, all of that negativity accumulates and will eventually present itself as bitterness, anger, depression, and self-involvement. You need to be able to release that negativity and turn it into positive energy. You control yourself and your behavior. You can decide today to be more positive and be the best employee that you can be, until you know what your passion and purpose is in this lifetime. Then at that point, you can pursue your desires.
What do you do to energize yourself? There should be something that you enjoy doing that is just for you This doesn’t include going to school, taking the kids to activities, cleaning the house, cooking, attending meetings. Find the one thing that you do for you; time set aside to make you feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically. It can be anything from painting, photography, practicing playing an instrument, to watching movie marathons, reading or meditation.