Getting ahead in your career can be a long and sometimes frustrating task, but there is nothing more satisfying than finally obtaining that position you’ve been working towards. If you’ve been watching Game of Thrones, it would be the equivalent of sitting on The Iron Throne everyone is fighting for. But what’s the easiest and quickest way to get there? The truth is there are no short cuts; there is only dedication and the willingness to get ahead. Take Daenerys Targaryen for example, she didn’t just walk up to the Dothraki, Unsullied and the entire city of Meereen and say “take over the Seven Kingdoms with me, please?”. Instead, she confronted her fears head on, learned from those around her and took action. Although you don’t have three dragons to back you up on your career conquest, here are three tips to help you grow as a professional:

Listening:
Learning how to listen is no easy task, but when you’ve got it down you’ll find that the people around are filled with all sorts of information. Your peers can teach you new skills, help you with projects or give you a better idea of the role you play to make the organization work.

Developing an “I can” attitude:
Challenge yourself and face those projects or tasks you’ve been dodging! Taking on the hard tasks will allow you to broaden your talents; who knows, it might even earn you some recognition. Just believe that you can get ahead in your career and you will!

Get involved:

Adding to our lengthy to-do list is not something we get excited about, but taking on new tasks or helping others can help you grow. Whether you’re helping someone at work with a project, or volunteering at a non-profit you’ll be learning something new. Take action; it’s the only way you’ll get where you want to be!