7 Qualities You Need to Develop to Get Promoted

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This is a guest post by Micheal Gilmore – a career advisor and resume writer. He’s psyched about marketing, business, blogging and SMM. In his parallel life, he loves hiking and can’t wait to see the Himalayas one of these days. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Have you ever wondered why some people just keep going up the career ladder while others, no matter how hard they work, stay in same position for a very long time without ever getting a promotion? It seems unfair, and it is disheartening, but it happens all the time.

Is there a secret recipe for success? How does one get promoted? Do people that make it have some special superpowers you should know about?

It would probably be exaggerating to call them “superpowers,” but developing certain qualities and habits do increase your chances to grow in your career. Here are 7 of them you need to build to get promoted:

1. Curiosity.

Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

It is not about being nosy or inquisitive, but about being interested in everything that goes around you.

[tweetthis]Curious people get deeper knowledge and skills faster. They are not afraid to experiment and can drive innovation.[/tweetthis]

You not only learn more about the work and the company, but you come off as someone who is not afraid to ask questions.

Businessperson and author Harvey Mackay put it very clearly, “Pay attention to those employees who respectfully ask why. They are demonstrating an interest in their jobs and exhibiting a curiosity that could eventually translate into leadership ability.”

2. Empathy.

You can get promoted much easier if you get along with everybody.

That doesn’t mean you have to say yes to everyone, though, not even your bosses. However, you need to be in tune with people you work with on a regular basis. You can anticipate when you need to step in and grease the wheels to make the work go smoothly.

It isn’t always easy to have empathy, especially if you find some people annoying. However, it is possible to get along on a professional footing if you make the effort.

WorkMatters, Inc founder Gayle Lantz observed, “A large part of any business is helping people work together well. Super-employees make that a top priority. They look at relationships as something that’s critical to success in the business—not just doing the work.”

3. Humility.

You might think that in order for people to take you seriously, you have to show people how good you are at your job. It is certainly important to be good at it, but no one likes it when you keep talking about it.

Likable Local CEO and serial entrepreneur Dave Kerpen wrote in this article, “It’s really important to practice humility, to develop into a better leader and a better person. Humility and vulnerability make us more likeable.”

Humility will also allow you to ask questions about things you don’t understand, and people will feel comfortable to ask you to take on any task.

4. Proactivity.

A good sign of a potential leader is someone who is not afraid to take point, but taking on a project is just one side of the equation. Resumesplanet career advisor Janine Ryan said, “A proactive person anticipates problems before they happen, and prepares for them. Show initiative and people will sit up and take notice.”

5. Ability to focus.

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In the age of the Internet, it’s really easy to get distracted. This can really hinder your productivity, and it will show in your work.

Multitasking is a myth. Steve Jobs said, “Focusing is about saying No.” You need to concentrate on one task at a time to get the best possible results.

The Halpin Companies, Inc. CEO Katharine Halpin said that keeping your eye on the ball means “you’re better able to prioritize so that your activities and energy are focused where they are of most value to the company.”

Related: How to Stay Focused When There Are So Many Distractions

6. Strategic vision.

You need to focus on your work, but you also need to look at the big picture.

Your curiosity and proactivity should give you everything you need to know about how everything works. It will allow you to move with purpose and innovation for the benefit of your employers. That should put you firmly in the path of a promotion. Keep at it, and there is no telling where strategic vision can bring you.

The Strategy Book author Max McKeown said, “With a clever strategy, each action is self-reinforcing. Each action creates more options that are mutually beneficial. Each victory is not just for today but for tomorrow.”

7. Decision-making.

Making decisions can be scary. However, if you do your work, you should be able to make good decisions most of the time.

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Make a practice of being decisive in everything you do and stand by it. This can bring you to the attention of the right people, help you get promoted, and send you on the path to a long and fruitful career.

Getting a promotion is what most people aim for when they first start working. You can do that much easier if you possess the leadership qualities that employers look for in a worker. However, a promotion does not make you a leader. You have to be a leader to get a promotion. Cultivate these seven qualities and you will get both.

What else can you do today to make sure you get promoted soon?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

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I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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