1. Prepare for tomorrow before closing the book on today
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned.” You should take that to heart in your day-to-day work. Try to end each day with preparation for the next. Taking stock of the tasks you’ve completed today will help ensure that you get off to a fast and efficient start tomorrow.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Before founding Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page were PhD candidates at Stanford University. However, instead of completing the program, the two innovators dropped out, cleared their bank accounts in pursuit of something bigger. They could've easily stayed put and walked the safe path, but their unrelenting passion drove them out of their comfort zone and led to the birth of a company that the world wouldn't be the same without.
3. Stay in the game, even when the going gets tough
When the chips are down, it's easy to just give up. But it's in those moments that successful people buckle-down and work harder, finding new ways to reach their goals. Ma Huateng, the founder of Tencent Inc., and the second-richest man in China, almost flamed-out during the early years of his business. However, instead of quitting, he took on various roles within the company -- ranging from caretaker to web designer -- in order to keep the company out of debt.
4. Never underestimate the power of technology
A quick look at any smartphone user will show you how technology can be an awful distraction. But the past decade has also showed us what a powerful tool technology can be. Take Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, who left a financially secure and powerful position as the Vice President of an investment firm, in order to set up shop in the fledgling world of e-commerce. At the time, it would've been easy to think that Bezos was making a mistake, but the rest is history: What began as a digital bookstore in 1994 has become our one-stop-shop for everything (it worked out for Bezos, too, who's one of the richest men in America!).
5. Do what you're passionate about
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Jobs' philosophy reminds us that success isn't just for the geniuses of the world: We all possess the power to do amazing things if we put ourselves in the position to do the things we love. So find the thing that makes you get out of bed in the morning and make it happen.
BONUS TIP: Surround yourself with people who can help you
Standard Chartered’s Priority Banking services offer truly exclusive Priority benefits* such as Wealth services including specialist investment knowledge through global expertise, mortgage solutions with home loans starting at 9.51%, preferential foreign exchange rates and Priority recognition globally, dedicated Relationship manager and a dozen unique benefits at over INR 1 Lakh*. So if you're looking for ways to boost your career and become more successful, start by making sure your finances are in the right hands. Look no further than Standard Chartered Priority Banking.
What’s more, you can get a Kindle Paperwhite free on transacting with your Priority Banking Debit Card. For detailed terms and conditions of the offer, click here.
*To know more about the features and benefits of Priority Banking and Terms & Conditions, click here.
As part of Wealth services, Standard Chartered Bank is a distributor of mutual fund and referrer of third party financial products and does not provide ‘Investment Advice’ as defined in the SEBI (Investment Advisers) Regulations, 2013 or otherwise. Investments are subject to market risks. Please read the offer documents carefully before investing.