Here a few mistakes that could help you to rise to the top.

Productivity is a combination of both intelligent planning and focused efforts. It is always a challenge to stay productive at work and home. We all know that great feeling after leaving the work after an ultra-productive day. With the right attitude and approach, you can make every day productive. It is not about working longer hours, rather it is about working smarter.

1Not delivering the elevator pitch – Create, prepare and practice an elevator speech. You never know when you will meet someone and have 30 seconds to impress the person.

2Not mapping out your five-year career plan – One of the most common questions asked in a job interview is where you see yourself in 5 years. When starting out on your career path it might be difficult to map your future. Investing time to this question might not bring to an exact answer, but it can provide a general guide and step forward on the road to success.

3Failing to do adequate research – Never skimp or underestimate the importance of research. You could land up losing a job opportunity or find yourself on the bad end of a deal.

4Not pushing hard enough for your project – There are numerous stories about individuals who do not push their ideas hard enough. Only for the idea or vision to materialize a few years down the line. If you understand and articulate the marketing positioning and strategy that’s unique to your project. And this fits in well with the company’s vision and mission, then be confident, and fight your hardest to for it.

5Losing your patience – We all one of those bad days, with projects falling behind, vehicle in shop for repairs, issues at home, and work piling up in front of you. No matter how much stress you are under, you always have to stay calm and cool in a professional setting.

6Needing to be right – We all need to make mistakes and be wrong in order to learn and grow. “What we do know is if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity … And we run companies like this … And now we’re running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is we’re educating people out of their creative capacity.”- Sir Ken Robinson.

7Getting fired – Getting fired is not the end of the road. rather a step sideways along your career path. We all know the story about Steve Jobs who was fired from Apple, the company he helped to create. Only to return years later, more focused and taking the company to a new level.

8Risking everything – Taking risk and following your passion along an uncertain career road might appear to be a big mistake to some people. Work consumes most of our daily lives, it therefore is imperative that no matter what career you choose to follow, remember to love what you are doing and have fun doing it.