Dec 09, 2016 05:34 AM EST

Be On Top And Stay On Top: Do’s And Don’ts That Will Keep A Career Person Ahead For Workplace Success

By Marie O.

The pictures of success are not the same for everyone, but there are common qualities that resonate among them. Sheer talent and inborn aptitude can provide some edge, but it's ultimately what one does with these skills that can propel them towards success. Below are six qualities one must learn to be a dominant force in the field he has chosen.

1. DO embrace change

A famous quote goes, "If you do not create change, change will create you." Having a positive mindset about change does wonders; a person will do well to keep in mind that change is always an opportunity to grow, learn, and hone unexplored areas of his character.

2. DO step out of your comfort zone

There are many reasons why courage is a pill that must be digested daily. Playing it safe will never amount to anything but mediocrity. Per an Entrepreneur article, therapist and "Better than Perfect" author Elizabeth Lombardo advises that people must be intentional in seeking out fresh experiences - it leads to more creativity and emotional resilience.

3. DO bounce back quickly

Noted leadership mentor John Maxwell once said that only difference between achievers and average people is their response to failure. Mike Maddock of Forbes further encourages people to gain a new perception of failure: instead of fearing it and being stuck in a cycle of "analysis paralysis," failure must be viewed as a necessary ingredient to success.

4. DON'T back down from challenges

Challenges are merely roadblocks that need to cleared on the way to success. Jobs & Hire published an article earlier in November how persistence is essential for a business to thrive. The same premise holds true for a striving career person: through the toughest of times, the will to succeed will carry him through.

5. DON'T forget the "why"

When the chips are down and trials loom larger than ever, it is important that career people set their sights on their goals. One good exercise is to look back at the progress made and reminisce what got him to embark in this career in the first place. Truly, remembering the "why" will help people endure any "what" and "how."

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