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3 Career Success Principles No One Ever Tells You: Part 1

I love talking with people right before they start a new job. Maybe they’re straight out of college, or maybe they’ve been working for years in a starter retail job and now they’re finally moving into their dream field. You can practically see the excitement and promise radiating off their faces.

I hate to burst their bubble. But I really wish someone had shared with me that even in the best possible company, there will be arrogant bosses, jealous co-workers, and ungrateful customers. Even if you are doing amazing work, sometimes you will be passed over for promotions and under-recognized for your contributions.

To avoid becoming jaded and discouraged, I would like to share with you three career success principles I learned from The Buddha:

Change yourself first.
Create your own joy
Never give up

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing tips and encouragement for creating career success.

#1 Change Yourself First

The most important person in any organization is…you! You create your own reality through what you believe. And you can change the quality, the experience, and even the environment of your workplace by just changing your attitude. I know this may sound crazy to you, but the Buddha taught that the only person you can really change is yourself. It’s easy to blame others, and sometimes they deserve it, but if you focus on improving yourself, one of two things is likely to happen in your career:

You will be recognized for your hard work and consistent progress and you will rise in your organization, or
Someone outside your organization will realize, “Wow, that person is making things happen, we need them on our team!” and you’ll get poached.
Either way, your world gets better.

When I was a new employee at a big entertainment company, we were swimming in a sea of negativity. My coworkers were constantly bitching about the boss, the boss’ boss, and the endless reorganizations. I participated in the complaining until I realized that sooner or later I myself would be on the receiving end of their toxic spewing. That’s when I decided that I had to make a change. And the only person I could change was myself. So the next day I decided, no more complaining. I’d stop hanging out with the toxic spewers and start looking for and supporting the people who were actually doing their job instead of criticizing others. That’s when everything started to shift.

Coming up, I’ll share how the second career success principle can help you find joy and satisfaction in your work.

Wishing you total success and fulfillment in your career!


Marc Sachnoff

The Cubicle Buddha

As Executive Director of The Modern Wisdom Leadership Institute in Seattle, Marc Sachnoff uses his 35-year Buddhist practice to provide timeless career advice, detoxify work cultures, develop customer-obsessed brand identities and build lasting customer relationships through enlightened business development. Marc follows SGI Nichiren Buddhism which promotes the belief that we all have the Buddha nature within and can create lives of joy and fulfillment.

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