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What Smart Self-starters Do To Get Ahead

Four reasons why you haven't seized big opportunities

I’m a hard worker and assumed this would soon become apparent to my new FBI squad. I expected my supervisor to assign me good cases, not the dog-eared ones I found on my desk. It became apparent that if I wanted to shine, I’d need to seize my own opportunities and not wait for them to be handed over.

It’s easy to wait for approval; it’s a lot harder to take initiative. People want to get noticed and take control of their careers, but it can be hard to catch the attention of the C-suite.

Successful people are proactive self-starters. They provide value beyond what’s asked of them. A product of value will prove itself. The good news is that other people will also see its value.

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