According to Forbes.com, there are 20 female CEOs in the top 500 companies of the country last year. A certified first, indeed. More and more women are climbing up the business ladder and reach the top. But what does it take to be a Sheryl Sandberg?
Here are 10 tips on how to be a successful business woman:
Men think that women can’t focus on work because they’re too emotional and can’t separate work from personal life. Well, it’s time to prove them wrong. Always keep in mind professional ethics. Be responsible. Be serious, but not surly.
Work with and for passion
Passion has always been the key to success. Find out what you love doing, and do just that. Work without passion is doomed to fail. Passion will be your strongest motivation.
Have a positive outlook
Imagine a successful you. Keep that vision in mind. Stop worrying; it only makes you unproductive. Instead, when you encounter problems, think of them as stepping stones and opportunities.
Confidence is not only sexy, but is one thing that can aid you in your climb to success. Be confident, and it will reflect on your work. Big bosses love confident employees. They see confidence as a potential.
Passion and confidence alone are not enough. You need to be driven by ambition. You need to have your own set of goals and plans on how to reach them. Focus on goal-setting. If you stick to it, it might just lead you to success.
Work out that charm
Business is all about interactions and knowing the right people. Use your charm at social events. Broaden your network and keep in touch. You’ll never know when you need all those connections.
Be innovative and creative
Don’t get stuck in the mainstream. Think out of the box. Be imaginative and creative. Always think of better ways. Broaden your options. These ideas of yours are the ones that will get you noticed.
Be willing to learn
It’s given that you’re smart, but not smart enough. There’s always something new to learn. Be open to the opinions of others. Ask for help when you need it.
The road to success is tough, but persistence pays off. If you fall, get up and try again. Business is a roller coaster ride. You win some, and you lose some. Keep on trying and all your hard work will pay off in the end.
Be an opportunist
This doesn’t mean the negative connotation. An opportunist sees every possibility and grabs it immediately. An opportunist sees a problem as an opportunity, not a setback. Seeing things with a positive outlook and a creative eye will surely take you to places.
Aside from these ten things, the key to being successful is to know yourself. If, you know what you want, you know how much you want it, and you know that you won’t stop until you get it, then you’re on the right track. Success comes to those who never stop trying.