17 Non-Negotiables If You Want To Be A Girl Boss Someday

No matter where you work, these things will help you climb up the career ladder.
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There are certain things that apply no matter what industry you find yourself in. We came up with 17 non-negotiables you need to master, whether you're a fresh grad or already a girl boss. Time to take down notes!

1. Adapt.

Things are constantly changing. New software, new workflows, new goals. You need to be comfortable going with the flow.

2. Constantly learn.

Take advantage of what your company offers. This could include going to conferences, taking online training, and even volunteering. If your company doesn’t pay for employee development, then find other ways to grow. Try Coursera or Udacity for free online courses.

3. Work on your passion projects.

Sometimes side hustles could lead to your next great job. Maybe you like podcasting, blogging, or vlogging—who knows, you might end up doing these full-time someday!

4. Make friends.

Yes, that means networking, but this doesn’t have to be a chore. It could be as simple as having lunch with someone new, or attending a party you’d normally say no to. You’ll end up meeting people you’ll probably work with someday. 

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5. Don't be afraid to ask questions, especially if you’re new.

People in general like to help. Also, the more questions you ask upfront, the more quickly you will get a handle on your job. Even if you’re not new, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You may feel weird about approaching people at first, but keep in mind that this will ultimately help you and your team succeed.

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6. Help others.

Be willing to help out when others ask, or even when they don’t. It feels good to volunteer, and it’s a great way to make new friends while learning new skills.

7. Take breaks.

Sometimes you need to recharge before taking on that next big task. Also, it’s okay to turn your computer off at the end of the day. Having a healthy work/life balance is important!

8. Be open-minded and listen to people.

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The first solution you come across is not always usually the best way. Take some time to gather feedback before making a decision.

9. Stay connected.

You need to find ways to communicate efficiently, especially with remote teams being so common nowadays. Using channels such as Hipchat or Slack definitely helps! Co-workers can instantly answer questions and collaborate. You can even create an online room dedicated to blowing off steam/sharing cat GIFs!

10.  Perfect your writing skills.

In addition to email etiquette, learn how to get your message across in multiple formats, whether it’s chat, Google docs, or social media.

11.  Learn to be flexible.

How you adapt to changes, no matter how small, will ultimately determine your success in any industry.

12.  Be active.

Go to the gym. Talk a walk. Maybe get a dog to motivate you to take that walk. Sitting in your office cube the whole day not only flattens your butt, it’s also a serious health hazard.

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13.  Take care of yourself.

Eat lunch on time! Make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Have good hygiene. Dress the part.

14.  Read and research.

Forums, newsletters, blog posts articles, books, online courses. Soak it all in. Find out the new tools and trends, and get used to the lingo. Bookmark for easy reference. There are always changes and developments.

15.  Stay organized.

With so much information out there, it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed. Save yourself the trouble with a system. Use Dropbox or Box for file storage and management, Google Drive for collaboration, and apps like Todoist to keep track of tasks.

16.  Don’t be afraid to try new things and take risks.

Try saying yes to something you would normally say no to, and watch amazing things happen.

17.  Give back.

Have you mastered a new skill? Maybe that skill is something others have a hard time learning. Teach people about it. You can blog or even make your own online course, on sites such as Udemy and Skillshare.

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