A long career teaches you things that eventually become obvious to you. However they are not always obvious to other people. The tips are listed newest first.
- Learn to say "No"
- People like to hear the word "Yes." It means that turning down requests is often difficult. Success in life requires learning how to say "No" politely but clearly, instead of saying "Yes" and making yourself unhappy.
- Read "The New York Review of Books"
- Well rounded individuals who are knowledgeable about many things are more successful. Reading this magazine is an excellent way to broaden one's mind. The content is wide-ranging, informative and absorbing to read.
- Living by principles and rules makes you happier
- Unhappiness is sometimes due to personal tragedy, ill health or extreme poverty. However many people who should be happy are not. Often this comes from inability to decide what they really want. Strong personal principles and rules for living stop you making bad decisions and lead to you being happier. It does not matter whether these principles come from a religion or from elsewhere.
- Use an email signature
- Almost every email program allows you to create a standard "signature". A well designed signature contains useful information making it easier for the email's recipient to contact you in future. It also shows that you are professional and well organised. Getting it right will contribute year after year (in a small way) towards your success.
- Attend work-related social events
- Success at work requires strong collaborative relationships with colleagues and clients. Much of the relationship building happens outside the office. Those who refuse to attend work-related social events are damaging their career.
- Think about your CV
- Most people see only their own CV. I have seen many, most of them written in ways that would get them rejected by a recruiter. I have illustrated the failings with a real life "before" and "after" example.
- Read "The Economist"
- To rise to a senior position, it is not enough to be good at your technical specialism. You also need to understand current political and commercial affairs.
- Use business cards effectively
- There are some good habits which become second nature when you develop them. However I am always surprised by the number of people who fail to make the best use of their own and other people's business cards.
- Speak proper English
- You are more likely to succeed in life if your spoken English is outstandingly good. I give some simple advice on how you can improve it.
- Use a good quality photograph
- Many people have profiles on networking sites without a photograph. It looks unprofessional and is counter-productive.
Each of us changes the world every day. We can choose to make it a better place.