What Do You Do To Get Ahead?

Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Are you a positive influence or one of negativity? Do you sugar-coat things or get straight to the point? What do you do to get ahead of others, to separate yourself from the competition, and get ahead in your career?

Much can, and has, been said about the best way of approaching a situation or a way of doing business that can be stressful for many.

We all strive for the best but are we willing to do what’s needed to achieve the moniker of “the best”?

Get Noticed to Get Ahead in Your Career

If we are to be more concerned about being liked at work, then don’t expect the boss to pass a coveted opportunity or promotion your way. It usually goes to the one who is the best and willing to do as needed in the best interest of the company.

Don’t get involved in office gossip. Don’t try to be the “funny guy” or the one with the great stories. You may think that’s cool but trust me, it’s not. That may be fine for the gathering at the corner bar after work but think of how it makes you look to your peers or superiors. How are you perceived?

Become Laser Focused

If we are to be the best, to succeed in our chosen field, we must be laser-focused on the task at hand.

  • Learn about your industry
  • Take continuing-ed classes
  • Find a mentor
  • Subscribe to industry magazines and newsletters
  • Always do a little more
  • Stand out by showing your value to others.

These are the steps you need to take to get ahead in your career. There are no shortcuts, no magic bullet, and no fairy godmother who will wave her wand to help you.

So, what do you do to get ahead in your career?

We all want to be better, be the best. But are you willing to really make that happen?

Steve DiGioia
Steve DiGioiahttp://stevedigioia.com/blog/
With 20+ years in the hospitality industry and a lifetime of customer service experience, Steve DiGioia shares real-world tips and tactics to improve your customer service, increase employee morale, and provide the experience your customers desire. As a certified trainer, author & speaker, Steve has been recognized as a 4-time “World’s Top 30 Customer Service Professional” by Global Gurus.org and a “Top Customer Service Influencer” by multiple industry-leading sources. He is also a featured contributor to the leading hospitality and customer service websites. With a tagline of “Finding Ways to WOW Your Customer”, Steve continues his pursuit of excellence on his award-winning blog sharing his best strategies on customer service, management, and leadership. Follow Steve on Twitter @Steve DiGioia.


  1. You are correct, Aldo. I’ve been surprised many times over the years by employees who do just enough to satisfy their job description but expect generous raises and promotions for their “hard work”. We all are expected to work hard but it’s those who set themselves apart who usually get ahead. Thanks.

  2. Personally, I have always felt it necessary to be ready, which for me meant constantly expanding one’s role, acquiring new skills and growing one’s network of relationships.
    Having a counseling mindset, being able to change and adapt, learning the skills of today and tomorrow, surrounding yourself with the right people, acting professionally at all times, are all behaviors and beliefs that can help.