Anyone who wants to grow in their career has to take the time and make the effort to manage it. Probably no other individuals know this as well as those who’ve served as President of the United States. To reach that point in their career took years of hard, focused work, not to mention the career management it required while they were actually serving as president.
Even if you don’t have aspirations of being the next leader of the country, you owe it to yourself and your future to actively manage your career. So, in honor of President’s Day, here is some advice from past presidents to help you manage your career so you can be successful in achieving your professional and personal goals.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Self-confidence and faith in your abilities are the essential ingredients in laying the foundation for a successful career. President Roosevelt knew that securing those two things were half the battle toward achieving dreams. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.
“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” – Gerald R. Ford
President Ford very nicely summed up the qualities of a successful individual in this one simple statement. Hard work and an unwavering understanding of what’s truly important are vital to obtaining a successful career. It takes a little career management to ensure you don’t lose sight of these qualities.
“If you treat people right they will treat you right… 90% of the time.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Much of your career is tied to other people – what they think of you, how you treat them, what they say about you to others. And President Roosevelt was wise to realize that treating people right rarely ends badly for you. It’s no guarantee, but chances are that you’ll be successful much quicker if you’re known as a person of character.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
President Adams knew that being a leader had nothing to do with your title, and everything to do with your actions. Don’t let your current position make you feel like an inadequate leader. Becoming a leader is a vital aspect of career management, and it’s probably not as complicated as you might think.
Social scientist, Amy Cuddy has coined the term “power posing,” which means standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel very confident. Amy believes as your posture and body language improves, your thoughts will soon change for the better as well. Our body language affects how others see us, but it can also change how we see ourselves.
“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
As you manage your career and achieve your dreams of being successful, you must remember that it really is all about the journey. Success is a life journey, not a destination you reach and never leave. President Eisenhower understood that embracing where you’re at each day, including the struggles and difficulties, is the key to achieving the life and career you want.
No matter what you hope to achieve in your professional life, you’ll never reach it if you don’t actively manage your career. So take a cue from these men this Presidents’ Day and learn from their experiences. Their wisdom could set you on your own path to success.
What are some of your favorite quotes from past presidents? How are you managing your career to ensure to you accomplish your dreams? Let us know in the comments section below.
Quotes were pulled from Entrepreneur’s 10 Inspirational Presidential Quotes article.