Whether You Think You Can or Think You Can’t You’re Probably Right

You might have heard this statement many times before. In essence what it is saying is that your mind set or belief has a huge impact on the results and success you achieve.

When it comes to your career I really believe this is a huge issue. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some great people over the last 36 years. Many of them were well qualified and hard working. A lot of them went on to build successful careers.

I was fortunate enough to make it to Finance Director. Like many others who did the same, I certainly wasn’t the most technically brilliant accountant. I could do that aspect of the work to a reasonable level.

What I realised over the years is that the right attitude can play a huge part in your success. 54427907 - man using scissors to remove the word can't to read i can do it concept for self belief, positive attitude and  motivation
Some want to operate in their areas of core competency and do what they know well consistently. Others are ready and willing to move beyond the familiar and take on new challenges, even though they know it will be tough.

Some actively seek out feedback while others just wait for it in their performance appraisal.

Some take their own self development and personal growth seriously and take personal responsibility for it rather than just expecting their employers to take care of it.

Ultimately it often comes down to self-belief. We all start with little or no experience. We all have opportunities to progress.

If you think that you can succeed, have a level of self awareness and realism you really can go far in your career.

So ask yourself is your self belief or attitude actually supporting or hindering your success?

Duncan Brodie helps accountants to build successful careers.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

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.

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