It’s human nature to focus mostly on what comes easiest to do. In a job, that means we focus on the tasks at hand. Getting stuff done. But if you ignore being the right person, then you will fail to really do the right things for the right reasons. As many a philosopher has stated, being must come before doing.
What do I mean by “being the right person?” To be the right person who is seeking to advance themselves, I believe you need to internalize and consistently demonstrate the following attributes (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Personal Responsibility
- Respected Work Ethic
- Life of Learning
- Passionate Purpose
- Trusted Resource
- Professionalism & Maturity
You must be the right person, doing the right thing, at the right time.