Career Success Mindset…or any mindset-building process, is mostly passive and automatic.
The experiences and people influence the mindset we engage in. We become an average of 5 people we spend our time with.
Still, more often than not, we don’t pay attention to people with whom we spend our time that we will never get back. Typically, in the workplace, there are two types of people:
- People with Escaper’s mindset
- People with Accomplisher’s mindset
1. People with Escaper’s mindset
People with Escaper’s mindset engage in work to escape the unpleasantness caused by some other life experiences.
They do the work to entertain themselves: chit-chat with colleagues, overly enjoying free goodies offered at the workplace, cultivating relationships with the client’s team members just to be accepted, and so on.
How to identify people with Escaper’s mindset?
Escapers are found exhibiting one or more of the following traits:
- Unnecessary chit-chat with colleagues;
- Giving a lot of thought about what others are up to;
- Repeats the same mistakes; talk about the effects of the mistakes;
- Don’t pay attention to details;
- Wait for the ‘instructions’ from other team members, usually seniors;
- They avoid accountability as much as they can;
- They give unnecessary attention to unimportant things.
2. People with Accomplisher’s mindset
They do the work because they want to achieve a goal through the work. When they reach a goal, they set the next goal, and so on.
They do the work to achieve their goals: they take time to align their personal goals with organizations’ goals and work towards being super-clear about the expectations, outlining delivery milestones, cultivating personal relationships with colleagues and people at vendor/customer/end user’s end so that they can get their things done, and so on.
How to identify people with Accomplisher’s mindset?
- They have set a core purpose for their career (and life);
- What others are doing is none of their business if their activities do not impact their work;
- When they make mistakes, they take ownership and learn from it; they choose to be a cause in the matter;
- They say NO to most things, but whenever they say yes, they pay a lot of attention to detail;
- They do not wait for ‘instructions’ from other team members to get something done;
- Although they are good with articulation, they communicate straight with the team members;
- They have binary thinking about what is right and what is not from the collective growth perspective of the organization, team, and self.
They have different perceptions, make different decisions, and exhibit different ownership of their actions.
While sometimes escapers can also get things done, it is the accomplishers who make not only their careers but the careers of their colleagues successful and contribute to making the business successful.
How do you like to classify yourself?
If you do not classify yourself as an accomplisher, how do you classify your surrounding?
If your surrounding has more (or any) escapers, then you know what to do, don’t you?
Develop a career success mindset by consciously choosing to be an accomplisher.
To be an accomplisher, associate yourself with more accomplishers, experiment more, learn from the results, and work in alignment with your career and company’s objectives … and you will be more successful than most.