My Keys to Success: Learn, Adapt, Repeat

Recently, I read that business professionals can no longer sit on the side lines, do their work and expect greatness down the road. In my opinion, I’m not sure how that was ever possible. Perhaps, that’s because I’ve always believed that hard work and ingenuity are rewarded.

Anyway, the article calls out that it’s important to adapt to change. Today, workers need to begin pushing their way to the front lines and take risks in this crazy competitive business world. In order to stay relevant you have to prove to your managers that you bring something new and different to the table.

As a millennial and newbie to the corporate world, there are situations where I wonder how I can remain on the cutting edge, especially not having the experience of some people who’ve been at Xerox for years, decades… even my lifetime…

I turn that moment of insecurity around and think, yes, I can manage this – I have a new perspective to bring to the table. It takes some reflection and you’ve got to get your hands dirty to prove that you have a point of view that matters.


That being said, I’m not one to give up and I am a firm believer that the best way to stay on top of the ever-evolving technology world and changes to business culture is to read and learn. My TweetDeck is constantly fluttering with links to articles and blogs talking about the latest trends, tips and industry news. Yes, it hurts my brain sometimes, but I don’t know what I’d do without it. For me, that’s the best way to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. Lately, things change at a moment’s notice and being able to adapt will help keep you relevant.

I’m not saying it’s easy, but I’ll be right alongside you learning as we go. I believe the way to get ahead is to stay on top of what’s happening and share that information with the people who you know will be right beside you bringing you forward with them. In the end, the effort is yours and the end result will reflect what you put forth.

I want to hear from you – how do you stay ahead of the curve in your job?

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  1. Cheryle Ross August 25, 2011 - Reply

    Great post Breanna! I could not live without my Google Reader, where I categorize my feeds by topic of interest (Social Media, Email Marketing, Direct Marketing, etc). I try to look at these every morning before diving into email, but sometimes all I have is 5 minutes while waiting in line for something. You gotta take time where you can get it! #xeroxemp

    • Breanna Banford August 25, 2011 - Reply

      Thanks, Cheryle! Google Reader is savior of mine too. The more organized I can get, the better. I have the app on my smartphone too so I can access it wherever I am.

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