Getting on in business is really similar to getting on in life. And that’s why I’m including the thoughts of Julie Bort with The Business Insider. She’s been a journalist for the better part of 2 decades and during that time she’s interviewed and written about thousands of people in various stages of success, from CEOs of multibillion companies to entrepreneurs launching startups (including one founder who launched a startup while fighting brain cancer.) abstract blue purple

No matter what is going on in your career (life), chances are someone else before you had a similar situation. Julie Bort shares the following tips but check out Part 1 first.

  1. Creativity and innovation are skills that can be learned and practiced by doing your usual things in a new way.
  2. In the early stages of a company, career, or project, you’ll have to say “yes” to a lot of things. In the later stages, you’ll have to say “no.”
  3. Negative feedback is necessary. Don’t automatically reject it. Examine it for the nuggets of truth, and then disregard the rest.
  4. Ditto for positive feedback. Don’t automatically accept it (or reject it). Examine it for the nuggets of truth, and then disregard the rest.
  5. Don’t let other people’s opinions (good or bad) shape your opinion of yourself. Treat them as you would any other feedback, looking for the nuggets of insight.
  6. When delivering criticism, talk about the work, not the person.
  7. Think big. Dream big. (The alternative is to think small, dream small.)
  8. Treat your dream as an ultimate road map. You don’t have to achieve your dream right away, but the only way to get there is to take many steps toward it.
  9. If you think big, you will hear “no” more than you hear “yes.” They don’t get to decide. You do.
  10. As you achieve successful outcomes, you will be pressured to do more and do it faster. Be prepared to grab that golden ring if it’s offered and trust you will learn how to handle the added responsibilities.
  11. If there is one secret to success, it’s this: communicate your plans to other people and keep communicating those plans in every way possible.
  12. Grow your network. Make an effort to meet new people and to keep in contact with those you know.
  13. No matter what technology or service you are creating or inventing at your company, it’s not about the product; it’s always about the people and the lives you will improve.
  14. No matter how successful you get, you can still fail and fail big.
  15. Failure isn’t a bad thing. It’s part of the process.
  16. Take risks. Not wild risks. Calculated ones.
  17. Don’t expect failure, but do plan for it. The best way to always win the big game is to have alternate plans for losing various battles.abstract body
  18. Sometimes, you do have to throw caution to the wind and gamble everything on your vision. No one can tell you when to do this. If you feel strongly enough, just do it.
  19. Learn how to respectfully, but firmly, say no.
  20. Say yes as much as you can.
  21. In order to say yes often, attach boundaries or a scope of work around your yes.
  22. Getting what you want doesn’t mean you’ll be happy. Happiness is the art of being satisfied with what you already have.
  23. Working with difficult personalities will be a part of every job. Be respectful, do your job well, and cheerfully don’t let the difficult person derail your project.
  24. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.
  25. If you truly want to change the world, you’ve got to earn a position of influence or power and use that influence to change your part of the world. Do it openly and as a role model and you will empower others to change, too.