In 2007 Ursula Burns became the president of Xerox Corporation. In 2009 she became the CEO and In 2010 she was also named chairman of Xerox. That’s quite a success story, but like all success stories, there is a beginning.
For Ms. Burns, that beginning was as an intern for Xerox in 1980. If you want to get from where you are, personally or professionally to where you want to be, begin by making the most of where you are now. Here are three tips:
Learn the lesson the first time
Someone has said that life keeps giving us lessons to be learned. If we fail to learn them, life simply repeats the lesson. I take that as a metaphor and it’s a powerful one.
Let’s say you’re in a job where you think you should be paid more or should have been promoted by now. What’s the lesson here that can help you get from where you are to where you want to be?
The lesson very well might be you need to be more assertive or you need to know how to present a better case for your raise. Or maybe that you're in the wrong company if you're looking for more money and you need to make that leap.
Are you really ready to be "there" yet?
Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” What does that mean for you in terms of getting to be where you want to be? For one thing, you can’t say, “You need to promote me because that's what I think I deserve” or “Why don't you love me now and then I’ll be that great employee or your soul mate."
Instead, you have to say, “What are you wanting in a manager or a soul mate?” and then see if there’s a gap between what is wanted and what you have to offer.
And if you're not where you want to be in any given situation, there is a gap.
To get from "here" to "there" you have to close that gap, whatever it takes.
Be happy where you are and you’ll get “there” faster
The old model for living a happy life was “Get a degree, become successful and you’ll be happy.” Even today many people buy into that myth. Then we’re left confused, tired and even burned-out.
If you want to get to where you want to be faster, start with being happier with what you have and where you are now. Then you can use that positive energy to do your best work and prepare yourself for where you want to be.
It’s hard to get to where you want to be if you’re miserable right now. However, if you make the most of where you are, and come from a place of gratitude for what you already have, you’ll attract the attention of the people who can help you get where you want to be--and get there faster.
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