If You’re Not Moving Forward, You’re Moving Backward

May 30, 2017

Career Advice

Elon Musk–the non-stop entrepreneur behind Tesla, SpaceX, and probably many more successful companies to come–recently gave a TED talk. When Elon Musk gives career advice, everyone listens! His philosophy was summed up by Inc. in one sentence: “If you’re not progressing, you’re regressing; so keep moving forward.” Or, as Dory might say, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…”

Every year we set goals. And every year we probably don’t reach them. But if we keep chipping away, we’ll eventually get there. Moving forward is always better than regressing; however, it’s not always easy to keep this “forward-thinking mentality.” Inc. shares a few tips how in the article, “Elon Must Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here it is in 1 Sentence.” Here’s a summary of our favorite bits of advice:

  • If you make a mistake, accept it as a learning experience then move on.
  • Set realistic and attainable goals. When you meet them set some more!
  • Prioritize learning–not perfection.

Image via Tim Donnelly/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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