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Everyone wants to get ahead. It's just a natural, human thing. What isn't natural, is someone telling you how. I'm no expert, but I have discovered a few ways to get ahead of the pack. I'm not a success, but I can feel my hard work paying off. Here are 5 ways to get ahead without burning yourself out or taking work too seriously.
1. Try to be positive.
This has always been a hard thing for me. Lately, when I wake up with anger in my head, I try to let it go and look forward to the day. No matter what is going on in our lives there has to be something to be thankful for. Getting ahead is all about having the right mindset, and I've found that positivity is a lot more productive than negativity. No matter how hard we are fighting against the current, one day it will go our way.
2. Seek the truth.
On the flip side, you don't want to be so positive that you're ignoring reality. A great way to get ahead is to seek the truth, and be truthful with yourself. Being a genuine person is always better than being fake. If you have a good sense of what is actually happening in your life, you will be on the track to get ahead. Blindly following your ego will get you nowhere.
3. Take criticism in stride, and not too personally.
People aren't going to praise everything you do. And that's a good thing! When you receive criticism you've got to take it in stride. Think of it as a little push, a helping hand to getting ahead. It's a wonderful thing to be able to look at your work honestly and encourage yourself to do better. If you take things too personally, you'll just shut down and sabotage yourself.
4. Get realistic.
Setting goals is hard, but necessary. If you want to get ahead you've got to be realistic. If you walk around with your head full of air and your feet off the ground, you won't get anything done. I spent a lot of my teens daydreaming, as teenagers do, but after all was said and done I got to work. Realistic expectations for your work, whether it's in school, at your job or even with your hobbies, will guide you through.
5. Forgive your failures.
Failure is so important to getting ahead. It makes success worth it. You have to look at your failures as a learning tool. If you don't, you'll automatically take yourself out of the running to be amazing. Failure is something we all want to avoid, but when it does happen we have to look up and say, "There's a reason for this." In order to get back up, we have to fall down first.
Getting ahead isn't about running faster than everyone else, it's about making the best of all the times you slow down.