5 Important Career Lessons Smart People Tend to Forget


In today’s society, money is definitely a necessity. They say that money doesn’t bring happiness, yet this very statement is questionable. We want to have fun, we want to experience new things, and we want to diversify our lives. The condition for all these? Money.


That is the reason why most individuals are explicitly focusing on developing a successful career that can assure a brighter future. If you’re right at the start of your journey or you are already working to accomplish your goals, paying attention to other professionals’ mistakes and failures can boost your professional development big time.


Without further ado, let’s talk about some important career lessons that many individuals tend to forget throughout their road towards success. Pay close attention and don’t let this powerful knowledge slip through your fingers. Apply it and see what happens!

1) Work Should Be Guided by Love

If you want to be happy, you should never base your career on materialistic principles. Passion is the key word here, and passion often means love. A general state of love towards the activity you’re performing each day will not only make you a happier person, but also a more proclaimed professional.


Passion is visible in everything. We can clearly differentiate someone who works because he has to and someone who works because he wants to. Make sure that you do what you love, and you’ll never work again. Instead, you’ll play with your passion each day!

2) Your Mindset is More Important than Everything Else

Want to be successful with your career? Well, you need to work hard on yourself. The mindset you have right now is basically shifting your existence. The beliefs, the attitudes, the thought cycles that go on and on in your head—they are all significant factors that contribute to both your personal and professional life.


In order to cultivate a smooth career full of accomplishments, pay attention to your “inner self” as frequently as possible. Do introspections, read, meet new people, accept new perspectives, and continuously develop your mindset to the better!

3) Be Patient, Always!

Patience is a rare trait nowadays. Everyone’s trying to have success overnight, yet that’s why most people fail miserably with their rushing attempts. However, the truth is that overnight success is just a myth. You just can’t swallow any magic pill to accomplish great things. It’s all about consistent work and patience.


If you cultivate patience, everything will fall into place. You’ll no longer be disappointed because today wasn’t the day, you won’t feel frustrated when other people around you succeed, and you’ll be a much more stable person.

Remember: success comes with patience. Most people give up their dreams because it’s too hard or it takes too long. If you have patience, these problems shouldn’t step in your way.

4) Failure is Only Feedback

Are you afraid of failure? Most people are! The human brain is wired in such a way that whenever there’s a possibility to feel mental or physical pain, it immediately looks for ways to avoid that pain. The fear of failure is so common among professionals. A lot of individuals give up right before they meet the success they’ve been looking for. In order to eliminate your fear of failure, change what failure means to you.


I tend to perceive it as feedback. When you do something, there’s always an outcome. Inappropriate thoughts, actions, and behaviors lead to unsatisfying results. In order to change your results, watch the feedback (failure) and change what you do next.

5) Never Stop Learning

Successful people never give up on themselves. For them, learning new things throughout life is an essential part of their being. Knowledge is power. However, if we cease to improve our knowledge, we’ll become limited to what we know.


Steve Larsen, co-founder of Resumes Planet, shared his opinion on the matter:

“In order to be exceptional, you need to keep learning new things. How do you do that? Well, you can read books, consume digital information (e-books, articles), interact with other professionals, listen to other people (actually listen), and experience as many things as possible. Never stop learning, and you’ll never stop progressing!”


Every career can have different turns. Every person’s journey is different, so never worry about what other professionals do. You can use their accomplishments to motivate yourself, but besides that, you need to focus on your own career’s road. Improve your mindset along the way and you’ll be guaranteed to gain fresh perspectives and opportunities!

Last Updated: July 26, 2017
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Eva Wislow

Eva Wislow is an entrepreneur and HR expert from Pittsburgh. She is focusing on helping people break down their limits and achieve career success. Eva finds her inspiration in writing and peace of mind through yoga. Follow Eva's blog or connect with her on Twitter.