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How to Keep from Becoming a “Career Zombie”

 

by Glenn Shepard
March 7, 2017
Category: Professional Development

   

 


 

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Here’s the bad news: No matter how happy you are with your life right now, things will change.

Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be for the worse.

Because life is a continuous process of change, the best way to progress through it is to keep learning. The minute you stop learning, you’re history.

People younger than you will start saying you’re “Old School” and calling you a dinosaur behind your back.

You’ve probably worked with people who get to a point where they think they can coast through the rest of their career. They become “Career Zombies” who don’t want to learn anything new.

“Change” is like a four-letter word to them, and working with them is a royal pain for you. (Do you have a name and face in mind???)

When you stagnate, someone else will keep evolving and learning. And sooner or later, they’ll replace you.

In order to survive in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace, companies need ambitious employees that are hungry to learn. Employees that will keep evolving and help the company as it evolves and adapts to the new realities of business.

To make sure you don’t get left behind, follow these three simple steps:

1. Learn Something New
By educating yourself and learning more about your industry, you do more than keep up with the latest practices. You show your employer that you’re continuously looking to improve yourself, which makes you a greater asset to your company.

2. Don’t Confuse Tools with Toys
Just because a technology is hip doesn’t mean it’s useful. Your kids may think you’re a dinosaur for not using Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. But those are toys that most companies don’t care about because they don’t make money. (For those who swear social media is a huge money maker, show me how and I’ll pay you $10,000.)

3. If Opportunities Don’t Present Themselves to You, Create Them
In Stephen Covey’s mega bestselling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, the first habit was being proactive instead of reactive. If you don’t see opportunities for growth, ask your employer what you can do to grow, improve your skills, and make yourself more valuable to your company. There’s a TREMENDOUS amount of power in asking this question, because it communicates to your employer that you don’t want to be the dinosaur that gets left behind.

Whatever you do in life, the process of learning has to be a continuous one if you want to be successful.


To Your Success,

  


Glenn Shepard

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