6 Quotes to Help You Take Control of Your Career

This post is brought to you by Billions on Showtime. Brilliant hedge fund titan Bobby “Axe” Axelrod and brash U.S. District Attorney Chuck Rhoades play a dangerous, winner-take-all game of cat and mouse where the stakes run into ten figures. Catch the series premiere on Showtime, Sunday January 17th 10PM ET/PT.

In the upcoming Showtime series Billions, character Wendy Rhoades helps Bobby Axelrod build his company from the ground up. Working as the company’s performance coach, it’s her job to make sure the team is doing their best at all times – herself included. Wendy doesn’t let anyone – not even her husband Chuck Rhoades, who’s doing everything he can to take Axelrod’s company down – stop her from doing her job.

Wendy, Chuck, and Bobby remind us of the power of investing in yourself and your career. In honor of the upcoming series premiere on Sunday, January 17th at 10PM ET/PT, and Hustle Summit on Friday, January 29th, we’ve picked out some of their most priceless quotes to give you the career boost you need today.

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Your connections are people; treat them that way. Asking for favors all the time, without giving back, makes people feel used. The best way to network is to be generous. Ask people how you can help them; doing favors and making them feel appreciated will make them more likely to help you out down the road. You can put this into practice easily at events. When you’re networking, make a point of introducing two people you just met to each other. Facilitating new connections will help you stand out to the people you meet.

 

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Bobby didn’t become a self-made billionaire by sitting around and waiting for things to happen to him, and you won’t find success that way, either. You have more control over your career than you think, and it’s time to take ownership of it. They say it’s all about who you know, so if you don’t know the right people you need to do something about it. You have tools at your disposal to help you meet those people. Use social media to research pros you want to connect with, and start reaching out. Taking action is the only way to get sh*t done.

 

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Throughout your career, people will try to put themselves before you or tell you that you aren’t important. It’s an unfortunate fact of life – but we know you can handle it. Always remember that your number one priority is you. Stand up for yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. This is especially important at work. Know what you deserve – whether that’s salary or your rights in the office – so you can get it.

 

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Chuck happens to be the country’s most successful prosecutor – in fact, he’s never lost a case. You don’t get that far without knowing the importance of your own actions. You matter, and what you do matters.  Every step you take, no matter how small, can have an impact on your career and the people around you. Every moment you dedicate to networking, putting yourself out there, and meeting new people will add up. At the same time, the steps you decide not to take – like skipping that networking event, or not applying for a job because you don’t think you’re qualified – will have consequences of their own. If you don’t take action, others will – and you’ll fall behind.

 

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“Having it all” has gotten to be a pretty ridiculous concept. How can you give 100% to every aspect of your life? More often than not, you need to make sacrifices to do what you love – and that’s ok. Your career isn’t going to be smooth sailing 24/7. There will always be times when you need to reconsider all that you’ve taken on, and it’s okay if it feels like too much. If you need to drop a class or take a step back from your internship, just make sure you’re filling your life with things that are meaningful to you.

 

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Sure, we’d all love to have a six digit salary. But your career is about more than the money. Think about every job or internship as a chance to grow in your career. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable skills. Take note during your time in your role of all your accomplishments, so you can use them to seriously beef up your resume. Tracking your growth and progress throughout your time in a job will make it easier to update your resume when the time comes to move on. Keep track of things you improve and how you improved them, like social media followings, sales, or new processes that will streamline things for the company. Referencing specific results on your resume, using numbers and action-oriented verbs, lets your work speak for itself.

Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.

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