Top-Shelf Tip No. 194:

"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together."

James Cash Penney

Take These Risks to Ignite Your Career Growth

It's easy to get comfortable in your job. You know how to do it, where the problems are and who to call when issues arise. But are you continuing to grow your skills personally and professionally so that you are ready for your next career step?

In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we're sharing six risks that author and career strategist Avery Blank says may be out of your comfort zone but could help accelerate your career growth.

1. Reach out to someone you don't know. One of the best ways to create opportunities is to add new people to your life. If there are individuals whom you admire, hold a job you would be interested in moving toward, or can help build your network, connect via email or social media, or arrange to meet in person. The worst thing that could happen is that they say "no," but the reward could be an opportunity to grow your network.

2. Think and read. The world today values being busy, but some of the most successful people spend much of their time reading. Carve out time every day to read and learn new information. Otherwise, you may risk the opportunity to expand your knowledge base and make smarter decisions.

3. Share your thoughts in writing . Highlighting your expertise by sharing your business insights is a great way to connect with others within your industry or those with similar interests. Shed the worry about putting your thoughts in public and take the risk to stay relevant.

4. Speak publicly. Find opportunities to speak publicly. Offer to present at meetings or find out how to speak at a conference. Don't worry about having to be perfect in front of the room; take the risk to be seen and heard and demonstrate your thought leadership.

5. Offer a solution. Most of us have had an idea on how to improve something but were hesitant to speak up. Share your ideas. Don't risk missing the chance to show your value.

6. Ask for feedback. Constructive criticism can be hard to hear. It can hurt. But that sting is temporary, while the improvements the feedback can lead to can last forever. Ask your colleagues, managers, and peers questions that will elicit meaningful feedback so that you can continue to learn and grow.

Source: Avery Blank is a millennial impact strategist, women's advocate, and lawyer who helps others to strategically position and advocate for themselves to achieve individual and organizational goals.

Compiled by Cassandra Johnson

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