21 Pieces Of Business Advice That'll Keep You From EVER Being Fired

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Take it from me, I've helped dozens of people get jobs, change careers, and learn to play well in the proverbial work sandbox.

Success is something that comes naturally to some but takes more time to develop in others.

If you want to know how to not get fired and (and be successful instead), here are 21 pieces of business and career advice on how to be successful, so you can elevate and accelerate your career:

  1. You should not have to be told "good job" to do your job. You were hired and are getting paid to do a "good job".
  2. Your reputation enters a room long before you physically do. Make sure it is something you are proud of.
  3. Publicize your own work. No one is going to do it for you.
  4. Speak for yourself. You are your own best advocate. No one can speak about you better than you can.
  5. Don’t compromise your values for any job or any person. If you feel like you need to, it won’t be a good fit. 
  6. You haven’t met your best self yet. Never stop growing. 
  7. If it has your name on it, be prepared to stand behind it.
  8. Always leave a meeting with another connection in place.
  9. When you talk, make it meaningful. People will take you more seriously.
  10. Learn how to be a salesman. Even if you aren’t selling a product, you are always selling your ideas.
  11. If people gossip with you, they will gossip about you.
  12. Never feel too comfortable. If you are, it should be a clue that you aren’t trying your best.
  13. Never present a problem without offering a solution. 
  14. Everyone is replaceable.
  15. People can take everything from you but your knowledge. If you continue to learn and grow, you will always have something to fuel yourself with.
  16. It’s good to put yourself in situations where are you uncomfortable. The more often you are uncomfortable, the more often you will build confidence in yourself and have the opportunity to grow.
  17. You may know a lot but not actually get anywhere. It doesn’t matter how much you learn if you don’t take those lessons and implement them.
  18. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Authenticity and integrity are key in the workplace and personally.
  19. Your title doesn't matter. If people are following you, you are a leader.
  20. Don’t plan every move. If you do, you will be disappointed and you will miss out on what opportunities authentically come up in your life. Don’t miss opportunities because you have a one-track mind.
  21. Business is about relationships. Build them, don’t burn them.

Gretchen Hydo is a certified professional coach, keynote speaker, nationally syndicated advice columnist, and thought leader. It's time to up-level your career. Contact Gretchen for a complimentary 30-minute business building session. Visit her website for more information. 

This article was originally published at Any Lengths Life Coaching. Reprinted with permission from the author.