How Breakthroughs Happen

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I write a lot about the world of entrepreneurship, how to stay motivated, and how to take charge of your life outside of the work place but what about those of you who are looking to navigate the corporate world on your rise to the top?

What nuggets of wisdom can I beset upon you today?

Luckily, I don’t have to write a post on that topic based solely off my own experiences since there are people who possess more knowledge than I do on that subject matter. My good friend and colleague, Antonio Neves, has released a gem that tackles this issue head on. His e-book: Breaqthrough: 5 Surefire Ways To Take Charge Of Your Careeris something we should all absorb. And we all can, for free right here.

Antonio and I don’t disagree on our approaches to accomplishing those things most important to us. He asks us to create our own luck in the workplace by the actions we take. Accountability (my favorite word, as you know) is at the heart of it. Here is a very brief summary of the 5 things that Antonio asks us to do to create the change we want to see at work:

Finish Something

Don’t start 18 different projects, then ditch half of them while staying remotely busy on the 9 remaining ones. Multi-tasking = epic fails. When we have too many apps open on our own personal operating system, we don’t run as optimally. Antonio knows we want to work on a bunch of different things to feel busy and productive at work (or to be advancing our skills outside of work), but what we need to be doing is focusing our energies on getting some of those projects completed so that we can run an optimal personal operating system.

The Informational Meeting

Antonio has taught me much about the do’s and don’ts of the informational meeting. I used to think that when I asked people to grab a coffee, that it was all about me and how I could leverage my skills to benefit my own pursuits. Incorrect, says Antonio (and he’s right). There is a craft to how to conduct yourself in an informational meeting. Talking about yourself too much is a big no-no.

The Walk-On Mentality

This is probably my favorite chapter because it shows that the main ingredient to your success in your career is your mindset and the effort you put in. Do the job you want to do even if you don’t get paid for it. Want to learn more about marketing but you’re in the engineering department? Don’t wait for someone to give you the chance, read up on marketing, learn about it and help the department out for free if you can.

Become the CEO of Your Career

Your cubicle is mission control. Yes, you might be an employee but how you work, and the checkpoints/departments you create for yourself at work is up to you. What are your career aspirations? What are the 5 things you need to work on to continue moving forward? Don’t wait for yearly reviews to hopefully get the respect you deserve. Be the CEO of “You, Inc”.

5 Things Go-Getters Do

Well, you’ll just have to read this part for yourself!

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So Part 2 of The Accountability Effect isn’t the only free e-book to become available over the last few days. Let’s rejoice in the fact that people like Antonio are sharing their knowledge for free too. It’s power in your hands.

Check it out! If you’re into free stuff, that is.

Do you have any secrets regarding breakthroughs in the workplace that weren’t covered above?