Hard work is essential to career success, but it’s not the only factor that can help you advance and grow on the job. Focus on these additional elements:
• Purpose. Remember why you’re working—what you’re trying to achieve in your career. Chances are it’s more than just a paycheck. Stay fixed on your purpose and you’ll make better decisions moving forward.
• Development. Never stop looking for opportunities to master new skills and grow, both professionally and personally. The more you know about your industry and yourself, the better positioned you’ll be for advancement.
• Determination. Believe that you can accomplish your goals, whatever they are. Yes, you may fail along the way, but your belief in yourself will see you through the dark times.