No matter what line of work you are in, your advancement and ultimate success will largely be determined by earning the reputation as a professional. But do you really know what it means to be one? Most people stumble through their careers and eventually stagnate because they fail to achieve this coveted stature.
A True Professional explains the 6 qualities and 30 specific behaviors necessary to rise to the top of any profession. Acquiring the qualities and practicing the behaviors will ensure decision-makers and influencers will:
- Hire You
- Promote You
- Invest in You
- Associate with You
- Recommend You
On first blush, you will find it a quick read and immediately useful in planning your rise to prominence. After fully consuming the universal lessons and timeless wisdom, you will find yourself coming back to A True Professional throughout your entire, esteemed career. It will be your blueprint for career success and an immutable guidepost for life success.
This is an essential read for Millennials who are starting their careers, or recently entered the workforce.
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About the Author
O'Donnell is also a specialist in mergers and acquisitions who has orchestrated multi-million dollar deals. He is an angel investor who has invested in and advised dozens of startup companies. He is a trusted coach and confidant to aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs alike.
O'Donnell is the author of several best-selling books on business planning and marketing planning and is a popular blogger and speaker on all things startup. His latest passion is championing the principles of professionalism with the Millennial generation.
Mike attended the University of Florida and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. He is the father of three children, who continue to be his biggest achievement and source of pride. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the love of his life, Patty, and their adorable Maltese Poodle, Moxie.
Table of ContentsCONTENTS i
1. Dress one step above those you are dealing with. 25
2. Dine using proper etiquette for the occasion. 31
3. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and stay fit. 39
4. Avoid excesses and extremes, practice moderation in all things. 45
5. Take personal time, rest, reflect and regenerate. 51
6. Know a lot about something and a little about a lot. 58
7. Be curious, ask a lot of questions and really listen to the answers. 64
8. Read, Read, Read 70
9. Have more than one idea and at least two solutions to every problem. 76
10. Never stop learning, approach a profession as a continuing education. 83
11. Develop a professional network and enroll others in your dreams and goals. 91
12. Join and contribute to professional, community, charitable and social organizations. 98
13. Choose domestic partners and best friends who make you a better person and a more effective professional. 104
14. Associate with positive, forward thinking doers; avoid chronic complainers and naysayers. 111
15. Give people your full attention when engaging with them. 118
16. Tell the truth and keep your word. 127
17. Manage your temperament; admit when you are wrong and apologize. 133
18. Know your weaknesses and blind spots; do not bluff. 141
19. Be mindful of yourself in different environments; adapt, but do not make uninformed assumptions. 147
20. Get out of your comfort zone; change it up, seek new and challenging experiences. 153
21. Be on time and use time wisely; do not procrastinate. 160
22. Be organized; make a "To Do" list every day and separate the important from the unimportant. 166
23. Be prepared and do more than what is asked or expected. 172
24. Be timely, not trendy; do not chase fads or be seduced by hype. 179
25. Be responsive, be resourceful, persevere, and finish what you start. 185
26. Communicate effectively; write clearly and speak deliberately. 193
27. Say 'thank you' a lot; make others feel good about their efforts and contributions. 199
28. Save and invest; stay disciplined, avoid shortcuts and get-rich-quick schemes. 206
29. Do your best and face your fears; do not dwell on what you cannot control or change. 213
30. Anticipate the future; plan to win rather than not to lose, and accept full responsibility for your life and career. 220
DURWARD W. OWEN, BIOGRAPHY 226
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 228
ONLINE RESOURCES 230
END NOTES 231