We all want to be good at our jobs, and successful in our careers. And more than that, there is no one alive that can honestly say that they don’t want to be happy in their chosen field.
A study done by The Conference Board suggests that upwards of 53% of America’s workforce is currently unhappy with their work life. Over half of the US is actively unhappy at their job! That’s a huge number, and you want to avoid being on that side of the statistic.
Here are three of the best life choices you can make in order to help cultivate a happy and successful future in your chosen career. You don’t want to fall in with the 53% that are unhappy!
#3: Don’t Be a Jerk in the Workplace
This already seems counterintuitive, but don’t discount this list yet. Being a jerk to those around you, because no matter your reasons it is going to make your work life a lot harder in the long run.
This doesn’t mean you should be a pushover or known as the guy everyone can get one over on, but it does mean that you should pick your battles and help out those around you in need.
If you’re known as the person to go to for answers or advice, coworkers will be more willing to help you in turn, and your boss will see you as a potential leader.
#2: Take Risks
This isn’t about jumping off a cliff or out of a plane, but don’t be afraid to take risks in your career trajectory or within your current position. If you’re stagnant, you’re festering, and that’s not a good place to be.
Your failures don’t define you, so don’t be so afraid to fail that you refuse to try. Nothing great would ever happen if everyone was too afraid to take risks.
Pursue your passion, try new things, and step out of your comfort zone. The worst that will happen is that it doesn’t work out. Brush yourself off and move forward again.
#1: Work Hard, but Maintain Balance
Hard work in your early career cannot be overstated in its importance. People who put the minimum in, get the minimum out, and that is a hard fact. But don’t sacrifice yourself or your wellbeing, because all that work means nothing if you can’t live to enjoy it.
Find a good work-life balance and hold on tight. Whether that means only working late 2 or 3 days a week for you, or saying no to every third work trip that comes across your desk, that’s okay.
Keep yourself focused at work, and leave it at the door when you leave for the day.
When every aspect of your life outside work is better, your work life improves. Remember this, and you’ll continue to be happy within your workplace.