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20 Key Career Lessons for Every Stage in Life

Childhood Lessons

1. Learning is everything.

2. Women can achieve anything they want (I was inspired by Thatcher’s achievement to be the first Prime Minister – I hasten to add I’m not political!).

3. Remember your childhood dreams.

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Early Career Lessons

1. Don’t ever give up.

2. Be brave, push yourself out of your comfort zone.

3. Ask for help from people you trust.

4. Feedback is a gift; listen to it, thank the person giving it and act on it.

5. Understand how business works and the numbers. Commercial nous is important.…

5 Ways To Kick Start Your Development Plan Without Asking Your Manager

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1. When ‘No’ might be better as ‘Yes’

If someone offers you an opportunity, don’t dismiss it out of hand. I had a coffee the other day with a colleague I used to work with but a long time ago. He’s looking for a new role in the same industry as me and when I asked how I could help, connect him with any of my contacts, he replied with a flat ‘no, I don’t think so, no thanks.’

But he could have asked me out of all my contacts who did I think would be good to connect with? Just one or two people and he’d have saved himself some time, drunk some good coffee or even just met a new and interesting person. He might even have landed a new job.

2. Treat every day at work like it’s your first day in the job

On day one of the job you’re probably a little scared, you’re keen to impress, you’re excited and you’re ready to learn. You ask lots of questions because you don’t know the answers and you need to learn fast. And you even question a bit more deeply to understand why something is done in a certain way, and you may share other ways you’ve done it or could do it. Your ‘day one stance’ is very contagious and the added energy of the newbie, can lift you through the dull tasks later on and gets you thinking about other areas where you can make a difference and learn.

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5 Ways to Stop Self-Interrupting

Don’t let yourself be your biggest distraction. Here are some simple ways to stop self-interrupting.

1. Focus on one thing at a time

Easier said than done, right? One way to keep focused is to stop looking at your to do list every five minutes. Of course, many tasks are of equal importance but you’re not a machine. Tackle anything urgent first, then when starting your next task, move your to do list away. Any meaningful task requires a large part of focus. Before starting anything, ask yourself why you should do it and try to be creative and passionate in your approach – really make it your own. Most importantly, take pleasure and pride in what you’re doing. If you’re constantly thinking about the ten other things on your list, the task at hand won’t be your best work and will take you much longer to complete in the long run.