How to build a Career Success Mindset

Career Success Mindset…or any mindset building process is mostly passive and automatic.

Our mindset is influenced by the experiences and people we engage in. We become an average of 5 people we spend our time with.

Still, more often than not, we don’t pay attention to people with whom we spend our time that we are never going to get back. Typically, in the workplace, there are two types of people:

  1. People with Escapers’ mindset
  2. People with Accomplishers’ mindset

1. People with Escapers‘ mindset

People with Escapers’ mindset engage in the work to escape the unpleasantness caused by some other life experiences.

They do the work to entertain themselves: chit-chat with colleagues, overly enjoying free goodies offered at the workplace, cultivating relationships with the client’s team members just for being accepted, and so on.

How to identify people with Escapers’ mindset?

Escapers are found exhibiting one or more of the following traits:

  1. Unnecessary chit-chat with colleagues;
  2. Giving a lot of thoughts about what others are up to;
  3. Repeats the same mistakes again; talk about the effects of the mistakes;
  4. Do not pay attention to detail;
  5. Wait for the ‘instructions’ from other team members, usually seniors;
  6. They avoid accountability as much as they can;
  7. They give unnecessary attention to unimportant things.

2. People with Accomplishers‘ mindset

They do the work because they want to achieve a goal through the work. When they reach a goal, they set the next goal, and so on.

They do the work to achieve their goals: they take time to align their personal goals with organizations’ goals and work towards being super-clear about the expectations, outlining delivery milestones, cultivating personal relationships with colleagues and people at vendor/customer/end user’s end so that they can get their things done, and so on.

How to identify people with Accomplishers‘ mindset?

  1. They have set a core purpose for their career (and life);
  2. What others are doing is none of their business if their activities do not impact their work;
  3. When they make mistakes, they take ownership and learn from it; they choose to be a cause in the matter;
  4. They say NO to most things but whenever they say yes, they pay a lot of attention to detail;
  5. They do not wait for the ‘instructions’ from other team members to get something done;
  6. Although they are good with articulation, they communicate straight with the team members;
  7. They have binary thinking about what is right and what is not from the collective growth perspective of the organization, team, and self.

Both of them have very different perceptions, make very different decisions, and exhibit very different ownership of the actions.

While sometimes escapers can also get things done, it is the accomplishers who make not only their careers but the careers of their colleagues successful and contribute to making the business successful.

How do you like to classify yourself?

If you do not classify yourself as an accomplisher, how do you classify your surrounding?

If your surrounding has more (or any) escapers then you know what to do, don’t you?

Develop a career success mindset by consciously choosing to be an accomplisher.

To be an accomplisher, associate yourself with more accomplishers, experiment more, learn from the results and work in alignment with your career and company’s objectives … and you will be more successful than the most.

Be the truth

If you speak about what is not in your experience;

if you advise others about what is not visible in the list of your accomplishments;

if you create a product/content/video/audio/writeup which you can’t use/consume/see/listen/read yourself even if you belong to your definition of your target audience;

then you are on your path to an assured journey to a living hell.

For you. For your work. For your surroundings.

Giving or receiving ‘Gyan’ is of little value. It is like doing the job of a postman: someone wrote to someone else, you are just delivering!

Ok, it was oversimplified but the point is clear. Practice candor instead.

Be the truth you want the world to have. Don’t just give or accept it.

Of course, you can, but that is likely to lead you to where you don’t want to go in your life, do you?

Further notes:

  1. The origins of “candor” shine through in its first definition: “Candor” traces back to the Latin verb candēre (“to shine or glow”), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language can, meaning “white,” and the Sanskrit language “candati,” which translates to “it shines.”
  2. Other descendants of “candēre” in English include “candid,” “incandescent,” “candle,” and the somewhat less common “candent” and “candescent” (both of which are synonyms of “incandescent” in the sense of “glowing from or as if from great heat”).
  3. Candor is related to the adjective “candid” which refers to straightforward honesty or frankness in speech or expression. (I got to know about ‘Candor’ in the year 2007 while reading the 4Es of Leadership from Jack Welch but I did not understand much about it.
  4. Some of the synonyms to Candor are bluntness, candidness, directness, frankness, unguardedness and plainspokenness. (Useful for understanding what this post is about!)