The stars in every industry—from sports to entertainment to accounting—all share similar traits. Below are some common characteristics of top performers and steps you can take to reach the pinnacle of your profession:
- Stay focused. Determine your short- and long-term career objectives and take actions that will help you reach these goals. For instance, if you want to advance to a more senior role within your firm, consider taking courses to help you enhance your communication and leadership skills.
- Organize your time efficiently. Pinpoint which projects are high-priority and devote your undivided attention to them. Concentrating on these pressing assignments will keep you moving forward in your current position and in your career.
- Continue learning, improving. Stay abreast of industry developments and trends by reviewing trade publications and networking with other accounting professionals. The CPE credits you earn to maintain your CPA will help in this area as well.
- Remain positive. If you make a mistake, acknowledge it and learn from it. Don’t oversimplify the issue, but don’t let it drag you down either. Rather, correct the problem and use the situation as a growing experience.