So you’ve enhanced your job search performance and have landed a job. What now? You are probably feeling the pressure to tippy-toe around the office to make sure you don’t disturb the peace. Well, disturbing the peace in the workplace could actually be beneficial to your career. Here’s how:
Clashing opinions can ultimately strengthen your decision by forcing you to articulate your motivations and assumptions. Exposing yourself to opposing perspectives makes you consider the other factors affected by your decision that you may have not thought of, creating a learning experience for both you and your co-workers.
Note: “Stay Classy”- Remember to listen and when to back to back down in a heated argument
Cut the BS
Being upfront provides a means for clear communication, which is essential for the effectiveness of the workforce. So many people emphasize “being real”, but how many of those are actually honest and upfront? Call someone out, confront them, suffocate passivity, and stop beating around the bush. For example, if your boss didn’t explain something clearly, ask them to reiterate.
Be hard on yourself
One quote by Muhammad Ali that inspires me is “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Try to incorporate this mentality into your career: set high standards and be hard on yourself if you don’t reach your goals. Try to perfect your flaws and don’t sell yourself short. Mastery requires it, and it will pay off in the end.
Seek out rejection
Aim high when applying for something, maybe even higher than you are qualified for. If you’re not so lucky and do get rejected, ask ‘why?’ and use that feedback to improve your chances the next time. Constructive criticism and feedback can only help you improve to meet such goal.
Try to grow internally rather than always courting external validation. Remember to set aside time for personal reflection. This doesn’t mean be a social outcast or anything- maybe consider eating by yourself one day out of the week.
(via Fast Company)