A-Z guide to success at work – J, K, L

We're covering the many ways to achieve success in the workplace, sharing useful tips and advice that range from A – Z to enlighten, encourage, and engage people in all fields. There are lots of chances to make smart choices, to move forward with a positive attitude, and to make educated adjustments in work habits in order to get better and better, day after day, until goals are met or even surpassed.


As we run through the alphabet using the letters to inspire success-making moves, J, K, and L are up to bat. See how jumping in, knowing who you are, and letting it go are all important when it comes to achieving success at work. They may sound simple, but are you doing these things?

See what changes you can make to increase productivity, become a more efficient worker, and reach the milestones you've been striving to complete. Success won't come to you without effort, so put your best foot forward and you'll step up the ranks with pride with every stride!

Jump In

Be proactive! Don't wait to be asked to do something or to join in on a meeting or discussion that you believe you can bring value to. Be vocal, be participatory, and be involved. Sitting on the sidelines will get you passed over in no time. Be seen and become part of the action.

By jumping in and being a leader as well as a team player, your presence will be valued and you'll be better equipped to make smart choices in the workplace leading to eventual success. According toForbes, "(Successful people) view their job descriptions as just the beginning of what they can do with their job. After they've completed their mandatory tasks, they will always ask to take on more projects that challenge them." Simply put – do more and you'll get more.

Know Who You Are

It is important to know what you stand for, what drives you, and what you want out of your performance in the workplace. Be a leader and don't "go with the flow" just to be accepted by your peers. If you have strong convictions and the ability to stand up for yourself, you will head toward success rather than remain stagnant in mediocrity.

As per Forbes, "Successful people are confident and can lead themselves, as well as others. They have their own vision and mission and seek to bring it to life on a daily basis."

By knowing who you are both personally and professionally, you will make choices that reflect what is important to you, leading to a fulfilling career filled with self-worth and pride, as well as a sense of accomplishment.

Let it Go

There comes a time when a project isn't going as planned, roadblocks create the need for a new path to be carved, budgets get cut, or you're just not proceeding in a way that is fruitful. Rather than holding on to a lost cause, a successful person will let it go. This allows them to refocus and start anew with better and smarter ideas. Harping on the past will go nowhere, but learning from mistakes or failures will bring brighter tomorrows.

As Inc. puts it, "Holding onto to your latest mistake will only serve to slow you down. Successful people are not anchored by the past. They learn from it--fast--and move on to a bigger challenge."

Stay tuned for the next installment in our A – Z series for success in the workplace. Letter by letter, improvement will be made and success will be one step closer!

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