In order to have a successful career you must dedicate yourself to learning as much as you can about your industry/profession. You must seek out professionals to learn from as well as compiling resources–these are two essential ways to adding to your knowledge-base. You must continually put in time to study those who have excelled in the area you chose to succeed in not to mention other stalwarts who have been monumental successes transcending industry or profession.
So what does it take for you to succeed in your career? For example, if you’re in sales it is imperative to look at it as a craft. Sales is the art of building trust and value. A successful salesperson knows that when you build a relationship with a client by being honest, trust-worthy and focused on their needs coupled with your knoweldge and professionalism the sky is the limit.
Another important factor of succeeding in your career is by doing. You can’t cut corners or cheat. Your professional development rests on learning by doing–experiencing the good and the bad.
So what is your career potential? As noted before you need to assess your career goals and what you have accomplished. You need to continually dedicate time to learn your craft as well as being open to mentor or being mentored. Also keep an open mind while keeping to your plan!