A colleague of mine posted this on LinkedIn the other day and I think there is a lot of truth to it.
1) Often times we put a lot of research and preparation into the interview process and for whatever reason many people drop off in production within the first 6 months of employment. Act as if you're always being interviewed. bring that preparation everyday.
2) The relationship with your manager is key - too many times there is an adversarial relationship.
3) Be about it, don't talk about it. Production trumps promise every time.
4) A buddy of mine once said, dreams don't work unless you do. Go the extra mile, come in early, stay late.
5) Don't reinvent the wheel. Tony Robbins often talks about finding those who have been successful doing what you're trying to do - and learning from them.
6) Life always changes. Business always changes. Without a plan, you'll always be hoping for the best. have a plan, be agile enough to adjust. Always be thinking 3 moves in advance.
7) Followers are important. It's necessary to have the army to carry out the commands of the generals. but to be a general you need to stand. Find a way to stand out.
8) Are you replaceable? If you left your company today how long would it take for them to bounce back. Would they even notice? Do yourself a favor and create your own project, something that allows you to bring more value to the company than merely what they expect from the day to day.
9) Nothing is achieved by yourself. It simply cannot be done. You MUST rely on others, and it's important to find those to help you.
10) You were chosen over others. There was and is something about you. Know your value and never forget that.