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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 1

Reaching Your Potential

by Robert Steven Kaplan

IDEA IN BRIEF

Despite racking up impressive accomplishments, you feel frustrated with your career—convinced you should be achieving more. You may even wish you had chosen a different career altogether.

These feelings often stem from a common error: buying into others’ definitions of success. To reach your potential, Kaplan suggests taking a deeply personal look at how you define success:

Begin by recognizing that managing your career is your responsibility. Then, follow these three steps:

  • Know yourself by identifying your strengths and weaknesses and the activities you truly enjoy doing.
  • Excel at the activities critical to success in your desired role.
  • Demonstrate character and leadership ...

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