Leverage is the entrepreneur’s friend. It can help you do more with less. And you can use it, even if you never plan to own a business. Today, we’ll share how to use it to advance in your career more quickly.
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Most people think of leverage with money, but that’s just part of it. You can advance your career by using leverage, one of the most powerful tools in your toolkit. In this post, we’ll share five ways this tool can help you reach BIGG success faster.
Let’s go to The Professor’s Whiteboard for: Five ways to use leverage to advance your career…
1) Leverage your expertise
Expertise isn’t about knowledge. Knowledge is wasted until it’s applied.
But you can use your knowledge to act and move things forward.
You may bring new insights and/or a different perspective.
What’s close to you?
What problems do you see?
What solutions can you offer?
2) Leverage your talents
Talents are gifts which have been developed. You’re born with gifts. You develop talents. At that point, you have something useful.
It’s like a manufacturing process.
Gifts are the raw material.
Talent is the finished product.
Is your product fully finished?
If not, what do you need to do?
If so, how can you use it? Once again, think about problems and solutions.
3) Leverage your network
Most people work their network intermittently. When they need something, they reach out. Otherwise, it’s rarely given a thought.
The most successful people work their network continually. Of course, networking is easier than ever with social media being what it is.
Think about your core 10.
Who are the 10 people you would contact if you got laid off (if you work for someone)?
Or if you were thinking of expanding your business (if you’re self-employed)?
Don’t wait to reach out. Reach out to them now. Build and maintain that relationship.
4) Leverage your track record
Note we didn’t say “your experience.” There’s a BIGG difference between a track record and experience.
A person can work at a job for 20 years. But they may only have 1 year of experience 20 times if they’re not changing with the times.
Experience is about time.
A track record is about accomplishments (or lack thereof).
5) Leverage your assets
What are your assets? Most people immediately think of money.
But it’s not just the money you have.
The way you manage your money can be an asset (or a liability).
If you spend less than you make, that’s an asset.
Even when the amount of money is small, the mindset is an asset. Because it will create more opportunities for you in the future.
But it’s not just about money. Your education is an asset. It can provide you with a unique point-of-view, especially if you have a well-rounded education – whether it’s a formal education or not.
In conclusion, leveraging your expertise, talents, network, track record, and assets is an essential part of advancing your career.
The awesome thing is – as you use leverage to act on opportunities, you’ll attract even more opportunities. And that leads to BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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