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The undeniable fact is that happiness breeds success. When you’re happy, you’ll do better at work. While there is no robust formula for career happiness or success, here are five things you can do today in your job or career to make you happier and more successful.

Have a career plan

Many employees have no plan to speak of other than to continue to be a rising star in their organization. Without a rock-solid plan, most people end up winging it. Making a career plan will help you be clear on the types of roles, skills, and experiences you need and want, which will serve you well in achieving your goals.

Build your personal brand

With the rise of the gig economy and social media, personal branding has become more important than ever. Your personal brand is really who you are, what you do, and how you do it. From the clothes you wear to which coffee brand you drink, everything you do is part of your personal brand or corporate image. So, how do you cultivate a personal brand? It is not to be afraid of fame, get clear about what you want to be known for and ultimately, show your authentic self. Finally, be patient. Cultivating a personal brand doesn’t happen overnight.

Get a mentor

Mentors are people you go for advice, knowledge transfer, skills sharing, and troubleshooting. Seeking advice from someone you respect and who has gone before you can help fast track your career. A good mentor should be able to: offer motivation and support, share their knowledge and expertise and help you set and achieve goals. It’s essential to find someone you admire and want to be like. He or she has to be someone with similar sets of strengths and skills to yours that you wish to emulate.

Find the right people

One of the most critical but overlooked aspects of career success is finding the right life partner or people to surround yourself with. Selecting a supportive people will significantly influence the trajectory of your career.

Have a financial fallback

Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes you just need to leave a job. This is why it’s so important to put aside resources to give you the freedom to walk away on your own terms. Having a financial buffer is especially important for freelancers and artists, who often experience irregular income.

By: Damilola Faustino

See Also: 5 Career Mistakes To Avoid In Your Twenties

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