Do you want to make a career?
To be successful, they must also be visible
Created: 12/20/2022, 1:00 p.m
By: Jasmine Farah
There are all kinds of half-truths about how to successfully climb the career ladder.
However, you often get in your own way, say two advisors to top managers.
What do some people have that enables them to make a career so quickly and successfully that others don't have?
This is a question asked by all those who want to make it, but don't know how.
Is it because they appear more confident?
Or does good looks also play a role?
Others, on the other hand, assume that they have no chance of ever exercising a management position anyway, since one only climbs through relationships.
But, is this really the truth?
Several factors play a role in who makes a career
Two consultants for top managers from business, politics and science named Dorothea Assig and Dorothee Echter see things differently.
They've also written a book, One Day They'll See How Good I Am!, by debunking myths surrounding the world of jobs.
In it, they call for more personal initiative, rather than conveniently sticking to common assumptions.
That only blocks and you cannot develop your true potential.
"There are so many misconceptions that are fueled on LinkedIn, in magazines and books," Assig explains in an interview with
If you want to successfully climb the career ladder, you should not only be self-confident, but also show yourself.
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She herself admits: "At the beginning of my career, I thought that assertiveness was the only recipe for success." In itself, this is a virtue that is very important for getting ahead in life, just like being diligent.
However, all of these talents are not enough on their own.
It is much more a combination of several qualities that lead to success.
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Instead, however, many people get caught up in handing their career planning over to someone else or convincing themselves that it is up to the company.
However, someone who does a very good job is not automatically seen.
However, if you don't like talking in front of or with other people, this stands in your way.
Then if you want to make a career, you have to take on personal responsibility and train your social skills.
In order to make a career, you need a strategy
The experts also make it clear that there are indeed hierarchies or people who get into management positions through relationships.
They were just lucky in life, according to the popular opinion.
However, according to the consultants, it is already enough to become active yourself and build up a network or join an existing one, for example on social media, in associations or clubs.
If you find influential contacts and sponsors there, they can recommend you.
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“Strategy is the opposite of luck.
It requires discipline: being friendly, grateful, positive, appreciative and positioning yourself well,” the two conclude.