Fear of failure makes a lot of people avoid even trying. You see that at work with people who worry about saying or doing the wrong thing, so they happily try to blend into the background.
But standing out for positive reasons is what will give you promotions, raises, and awards in your field. If you have been scared to put yourself out there, consider some of these strategies suggested by Forbes.
Even if people respect you for your work ethic, it won’t mean much if they hate you as a person. Learn how to coexist with different personality types.
One great way to stand out is not to wait until you are put on the spot. Volunteer for that new assignment, or offer ideas in meetings without being called on.
Getting ahead doesn’t always have to be cutthroat. If you know how to help someone, do so, and they will remember that.
Don’t Be Complacent
You might remember how good you did on that project months ago, but everyone else has moved on. You have to be consistently good and can’t rest on your laurels.
Be an Expert
Every company has that one person who everyone knows is the best at doing something. Build a reputation for yourself by finding what you are good at and being a standout in that area.
It can be intimidating to try and step up, and you might not always succeed. But avoiding trying not only means avoiding failing, it also means avoiding improving.
For further tips that can help you make a good impression with your coworkers, see what Forbes said here.
Career coach Jennifer Brick offers 10 tips to get promotions and recognition at work. Pay attention to her 8th tip; its the one nobody does!
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