As an accountant or other professional you have a lot of potential. Of course there is a huge difference between your potential and what you actually achieve in practice.
Having spent 25 years in accountancy and the last 13 years helping accountants and professionals be more successful in their career, I’ve noticed several things:
The real barriers to building a successful career.
Barrier 1: The assumptions you make up about your career
Specifically about what you can achieve. Things like:
Barrier 2: Underestimating yourself and overestimating others
In my experience accountants and professionals have this fantastic ability to underestimate themselves and overestimate others.
They assume when an opportunity comes up there will be others who are much better than them.
Of course those who you view as being so much better are thinking exactly same as you.
Barrier 3: Self exclusion
Let me explain this one. You see a job advert. You download the job description and person specification. The bulk of the requirements you can meet easily.
There are one or two you can’t meet or only partly meet. So you don’t bother applying.
Barrier 4: Fear of failure
Reality check. If you fear failure you do nothing. If you do nothing you achieve nothing.
You will fail. You will get rejected. You will be disappointed. And it’s not the end of the world. Just a temporary setback.
Barrier 5: Unwilling to take personal responsibility
Once upon a time your boss or your organisation took care of you and your career. This is no longer the case.
If you try to outsource responsibility for your career, you will just end up disappointed.
So what barriers are you allowing to stop you being successful in your career? Once you identify them ask yourself what’s the worst and what’s the best that could happen if you took action despite these barriers?
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.