An Analogy between Elevator Doors and Career Opportunities (continuation)
5: “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."- Ayn Rand
Nevertheless, for those of you who still wait patiently in the hallway, the best strategy you could probably think of is to pay more attention to the flashing numbers above the elevator doors.
Patience still has its virtues, though, because many employees do advance in their careers through loyalty and hard work. However, in case of setbacks, learn from your mistakes by becoming proactive in your career plans.
6: “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."- Henry Ford
There are some individuals, though, who are quite lucky. They have just arrived at the hallway and get to stand in front of the elevator door that is about to open. They could be too brazen as to slip-in through a line and get a ride ahead of the others who have been standing in line for a longer time.
You have often heard how some people are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. It's also a matter of being prepared or bold enough to take on a new challenge. Yet we have to face the fact that life is not ideal; there are those who will step on your toes and infringe upon your rights if they deem themselves as stronger contenders in a competitive work environment.
7: “To succeed, jump quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions." - Benjamin Franklin
Those who were overtaken get irked, of course, but they feel there’s nothing else to do but wait, since the numbers indicate that their elevator door is about to open.
There are those whose career advancements are assured through a system of succession, but caution should also be instilled because opportunity assurances are only good as far as your contribution to the company is concerned. Discrimination against age is strictly prohibited, but in the real world, it can still happen.
8: “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them."- George Bernard Shaw
In waiting for an elevator ride, there should be awareness of the possibility that the cab that is about to come up could be full of passengers. Stoically, people simply wait for their luck to change.
Bear in mind that when it comes to career advancements, those who have made notable landmarks in their professions did not perceive “luck" as a random experience but as a bonus that came along when they took action.