Career Advice That Will Change Your Life

Hey, it's okay to say "no."

If you feel like your career is in a slump, chin up. Just because you haven’t gotten that corner office by now doesn’t mean you never will. “Success is not a straight trajectory; there are ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns,” says ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo. “But if you keep your eye on the prize and focus on the finish line, eventually you’ll get there.”

Feel a second wind coming on? Here, 5 more tips to help boost your career. 

1. Stay curious.

Never lose your sense of wonder. Anne Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group says this makes the people around you feel excited. “The smartest thing you can ever do is to constantly ask questions.”

2. Apply even for jobs you feel you're underqualified for.

Ever wonder why most men are getting the positions that you want? According to a Harvard Business Review article, it’s because women only apply for vacancies if they meet the qualifications 100 perfect whereas men will apply even if they only meet 60 percent of them. 

3. Get a work buddy.

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If going to the gym with a friend helps you stick to your exercise regimen, then so, too, will an office partner, reports Life Hacker. Truth: Having someone to cheer you on from the next cubicle can keep you from keeling over that mountain-pile of paperwork on your desk. 

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4. Conduct an energy audit.

It’s not how long you spend at your desk that makes you an effective employee, but the amount of energy you invest during the hours that you work. Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We're Working Isn't Working, points out that you need four different kinds of energy to operate: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Balance all four so you don’t end up overwhelming yourself.

5. Learn to say no at work.

While it’s important to show your boss that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get the job done (even if it means spending a few more hours at work) you shouldn’t make a habit of saying yes to everything either. It’s a “dangerous mentality to get into,” warns NewBrand Analytics CEO Kristin Muhlner. You might end up sacrificing work-life balance before eventually losing both.   

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