By Bigg Success Staff
Horsepower equals speed to race car drivers. Generally speaking, the higher the horsepower of a car, the faster it will go.
When you’re trying to get the checkered flag in your profession, it pays to rev up your horsepower. Here are four tips to do just that:
Focus on core skills.
You need to improve and refine the core skills required for your craft. Of course, you’ll work on these on the job. But it’s also important to work on them away from the pressures of the job. Keep learning about your trade.
Here are a few, of the many, ways you can do this:
- Subscribe to trade journals
- Take industry-specific classes
- Attend conferences and conventions
- Subscribe to industry blogs
Work on soft skills.
These skills are just as important as the key skills of your profession. You have to be able to communicate effectively to rise to the top faster. So work on building your communications skills and people skills – both at work and away from the office.
You may take a class, join a club (e.g. Toastmasters), write a blog, or any number of other things. These skills will be ever more important as you rise to positions of great responsibility.
Push your limits.
It’s important that you get to the edge of your comfort zone every day. Then go just a little bit further. It’s at this point – where what you know intersects with what you don’t know – that you grow.
So if you’re not reaching that point, you’re not revving up your horsepower. You’re just racing along with the same old engine. You have to push yourself until you’re uncomfortable to gain an edge.
Learn and adjust.
When you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will make mistakes. If you want to get to your goal as fast as possible, it’s important that you learn from these mistakes and then make the necessary adjustments so you don’t repeat them.
When you master this, you’ll realize that the faster you make mistakes, the faster you learn. Which means you’ll reach your destination faster.
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