Sunday, April 29, 2012

How To Be A Player In Any Industry

play·er/ˈplāər/

Noun:
  1. A person taking part in a sport or game.
  2. A person or body that is involved and influential in an area or activity.
If you have aspirations of becoming really successful one day, you must find a game, or an area, in which you can not only participate, but also dominate, as a player. Below are simple tips on how to accomplish this.

1. KNOW YOUR STUFF
The world is full of people who fake it till they make it, but real players don't emerge from this group. Knowing your craft, business, and industry like you know the back of your hand, is the top priority for those at the top, and those striving to get there.

2. KNOW YOUR VALUE
You can't get paid for what you bring to the table, unless you can articulate and demonstrate it. Your worth to any team or company directly correlates with your perceived value. Remember, value=worth.

3. CELEBRATE YOUR BRAND
Players come in more flavors than Baskin & Robbins ice cream cones; there are plenty to go around, but ultimately, a player is chosen for two things: Value and distinction. Successful personal branding provides that distinction. Don't get it twisted - it's not superficial; the best brands stand out because they are outstanding.

4. LEVERAGE YOUR BRAND
Let's face it: Ultimately, we all want to do whatever it is that we want to do. Once you've done it, and proved that you can do it, the only person who can limit your next challenge is you. Players are adept at knowing how and when to leverage success in one area, to maximize, or achieve success in others - even if it means changing jobs, companies, or industries.

5. PLAY THE GAME
Yes, it's a game - the game of business. The real players are playing a game that most people aren't even aware of...a game in which they make their own rules. That's the game you want to play, and win.

6. LOOK THE PART - EVEN ON FRIDAYS
Players always play, and they always look like players - both in demeanor and appearance - even on Fridays. Don't walk into the office with that diminished look that everyone else is comfortable with - just because it's Friday. Show that you can flip the script and dress-up, while dressing down - in your own way.

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