GIVE YOUR CAREER A BOOST!
you that dreaded question, are you
doing with your practice your elevator
3. Take a class. Now that figured
out your goals and an actionable timeline
you can get right to work on achieving them.
Some of your goals may involve technical
or real-world knowledge that you can only
obtain through job experience, but sometimes you can speed things up by taking a
course, attending a workshop, or attending
a conference or trade show. Check out tools
like these to get working on your goals:
Take courses on Lynda or Udemy.
These online courses are a hugely
under-rated method for learning technical skills. These sites offer professional
advancement courses that can help
you master a variety of technical skills.
You can learn anything from how to use
Adobe Photoshop to how to play guitar.
You can even get IT certified.
to podcasts or audiobooks.
If you have a commute every day,
turn that time into productive time by
listening to an inspiring and thoughtful
podcast or audiobook. You can listen
to a variety of audiobooks on Audible,
OverDrive, Downpour, and Scribd. You
can also find trending podcasts on
iTunes, Podbay.FM, and Stitcher.
workshops and conferences.
For an intensive learning experience
over one to five days, check out a
workshop or conference. Attend the
SSA Spring Conference in New Orleans
or the ISS World Expo in Las Vegas. If
looking for one closer to home,
browse your state calendar or the ISS event calendar online for
out online workshops and
presentations. If you want an experience like attending a workshop or conference from the comfort of your living
room, then online workshops and webinars are for you. You can learn about
various topics from expert presenters
via TED talks, ISS webinars, or SSA
4. Read self-development books.
Many successful people swear by selfdevelopment books to maintain perspective, stay motivated, and get new insight
on a variety of topics. There are also
dozens of great blogs out there that can
deliver content right to your inbox. If reading cover to cover is more your style, you
can find best-selling business management books at any book store to help you
get to the next level of your career.
With the help of technology,
failing fast has never been
easier. You can use these
tips to smash your goals
and re-focus on your
Learn as much as you
can from wherever you can ...
The best thing about self-development
books is their longevity. You can re-read
them over and over again. Certain parts
of a book resonate with you at one
stage of your life, but years later they
will totally make sense. As you progress
through life you can read the books again
and take away new things from the same
words. You can make it an even better
learning experience by writing notes in the
margins and marking it up with your own
ideas. Keep an open mind and you can
learn something new every time you read.
5. Become an industry expert. You
can never know enough about your competitors and your market when working in a niche industry like self-storage.
Become the community expert on selfstorage by leading local industry events,
reading industry publications, following
industry blogs, and staying up to date on
This might sound like a lot of extra
work at first, but it really Do your
industry research a little bit at a time
by bringing the information to you with
push notifications. Set up Google Alerts
for and your state or set
up IFTT notifications for self-storage REIT
stock prices. Subscribe to industry blogs
and your self-storage association
emails to get summaries delivered right to
your inbox. Setting up industry notifications
like these helps you get in a habit of doing
daily research and saves you time gathering information. This way always
informed about what your competitors are
up to and changing in your market.
6. Be more positive. You frequently hear
the saying fast and fail in the
startup world. This mean running
fast to failure but recovering quickly and
learning something from the failed idea. By
recognizing your failures as such you can
move forward to better, brighter things right
away. Successful people born with
thick skin, and anyone can become resilient and adaptable. Keep trying new things
in your role. If you fail, try something else.
Self-development books have a lot to
say about self-confidence and seeing failures as opportunities, but what about
burnout? Burnout is an all-too-common
symptom of overstressed American workers. You may have faced it numerous times
in your career. If feeling stuck in a
rut, there are many things you can do in
your work life to combat burnout. Simply
making healthy habits around self-care
and exercise can help burnout. If
extremely Type-A, like me, setting small
weekly goals can work wonders to avoid
burnout and stress in your day-to-day life
when working towards long-term goals.
With the help of technology, failing fast
has never been easier. You can use these
tips to smash your goals and re-focus on
your career development. Learn as much
as you can from wherever you can, and
underestimate the power of goal setting and self-development. Whether you
learn best by reading, watching, or through
hands-on learning, there are a multitude of
career advancing opportunities out there
Jana Basler is a marketing content writer based
in Kansas City. A graduate of South Dakota State
University with a degree in psychology and business,
she enjoys bringing technology, web marketing, and
industry news and tips to self-storage owners and
managers by writing for storEDGE.
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