Each January, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg resolves to challenge himself in a very specific way. The resolutions vary, but all are accomplishments which can be reached only through sustained effort over time. Put simply, Zuckerberg sets a goal for himself and develops a new habit to reach that goal.
The Incredible Power of Habit
In his book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell examines people such as Bill Gates and The Beatles, who have achieved extraordinary levels of success in their respective fields. He suggests that their accomplishments were not simply due to genius, but also to situations and circumstances which provided opportunities for them to master their crafts. For Gates, early exposure to a virtual computer terminal provided him with thousands of hours of coding experience before he entered college. In the case of the Beatles, extended club bookings throughout Europe gave them extensive performance and practice time before their recording career launched.
In other words, significant, life-changing results are accomplished not through a single act, but rather through a committed, established pattern of behavior.
Adopt New Habits to Increase Your Skills and Advance Your Career
In an earlier post, we cautioned our readers to re-examine their habits and avoid stagnation. Today we challenge you to identify opportunities for growth and development in your own lives. Use these insights to establish new habits for achieving your professional goals in the second half of 2016. Remember that SMART goals are the most effective and that excellence is a habit. Over time with dedication and consistent, repeated effort, you can truly overcome your weaknesses and transform interests into strengths.
One of the greatest advantages of living and working in Silicon Valley is companies’ willingness to recognize and welcome talent into their organizations, regardless of experience and educational background. Take the next step to elevate your career today! Set a goal and establish a habit that to develop your talents and open new opportunities for advancement.
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