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Hi there, I’m Ken Lear.

Have you ever been told to “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? The same can apply to your mindset: if you think and have the mindset of a boss, you are more likely to move up in your company. 

Today’s work force is more competitive than ever. Just simply having a college degree doesn’t guarantee a good job. It takes hard work and the right mindset to find success. Here are a few tips on how you can think like a boss and move your way up:

Take Ownership

Take ownership of your career instead of just waiting around for direction and only doing what you’re told. It’s not hard to put in some extra effort or work into a project, but it will show your boss that you enjoy what you do and are good at it. With a few small changes in your approach, you can make a big impact on the future of your career.

Think of the Big Picture

How do your day-to-day tasks affect the company as a whole? Even the most entry-level positions at a company can make a difference. Companies like to see people that understand how their work impacts the company’s overall success and goals.

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Brand Yourself as a Professional

Showing up on time (or early), dressing to the nines, talking professionally, asking for a raise or a promotion when you deserve one – all of these things show that you own your career and have the dedication and drive to get the job done right. Market your successes (without bragging) and show your value to your employers.

Head into the office each day with the mindset of a boss and you’ll be one step closer to becoming one someday—and when that time comes, you’ll be ready.