Keys To Your Professional Success

 

Careers are a journey of self-discovery and skill development. College students often ask me – How did you know you wanted to be a Marketer?

The truth is when I was starting my career I didn’t know. In fact, my under graduate education is in the field of theoretical mathematics not business or marketing. There is no way I envisioned the direction life and my career would take me at that point in my life.

Along the journey, you often encounter people who act as guides and provide you insights and suggestions into directions you may want to consider. Some become mentors and walk your journey with you for a time. All are influential in your life if you are open to listening to their counsel.

One of the more influential people in my life is my former division President at P&G. He is the person who advocated for me to be appointed a Harley Procter Marketer. He saw in me a passion for brand building and an aptitude for teaching others how to be successful marketers. His counsel shaped my career and he has remained a valued and trusted friend now that we are both retired.

There will undoubtedly be guides who have had or will have a significant impact in your career. These are people you want to listen to and act on the gift of candor they provide you.

Career Advice

Recently, Andy Levine (CEO of Development Counsellors International) reached out to some of the top economic development professionals in the United States to get their perspective on what it takes to be successful in the profession. He compiled their responses and has made them available for anybody who wants to improve their personal performance.

I believe there is some great wisdom in the insights these successful practitioners provide. And, I am hoping you will find at least one quote that makes you think and helps you along your journey.

Click on this link to get access to the report:

DCI ReportAdvice on How to be a Successful Economic Development Professional

Discussion

What is the best advice you have ever received in your career or would share with colleagues who are on the journey to become the best in their profession? Take a moment and share it as a comment to this post. I am betting we can expand the list that Andy compiled. Your counsel can have a real impact on somebody’s life, so than you for contributing.

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  1. Tyler D. Schleich

    June 24, 2012

    The best advice I received was “Don’t be afraid to do something new just because you don’t know how to do it”. This advice came from my office managing Partner, Craig Marshall, while I was mulling a switch in service lines at Ernst & Young. After spending 5 years in the Assurance (audit) Practice I became a manager in our Tax practice with limited prior experiences. That same advice also led to me applying to and being one of 10 employees selected to participate in a two month Corporate Responsibility Program in South America last fall, and has recently led me to accept a newly created position in the Business Development practice now at E&Y. I now seek out new adventures rather than button down the hatches and ride it out just because its what I know.

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