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Taking the Next Step along Your Loss Prevention Career Path

We all like to dream about our future, where we want to be and how we are going to get there, but when considering your voyage along the loss prevention career path, are you ready to take the next step?

Let’s take a moment to really think about how we might answer that question. Have we really thought about the trip we’re taking along our current loss prevention career path and whether it is taking us in the right direction? Here are a few questions that may help you find out if you are ready for the next step.

How bad you want it? Does your desire to be something or to get somewhere match the effort needed to take you there? Consider whether your goals are leading you to what you really want, find the motivation to get there, and go for it.

Is the current loss prevention career path you’re following the right one? Often we think that we want to be or do something, but the things we do or the path we choose might not necessarily lead us to our desired objective. Sometimes we may have to re-route ourselves to make sure we’re taking the path that leads us there.

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Are you ready for big changes? We have to be aware that when we move up, big changes can occur that can have significant impact on our lives. We have to be cognizant of these changes, reflect on each one as they come, and decide whether to accept the change or modify our goals.

How are your people skills? Any time we move up the career ladder, others are standing one step below us looking for you to lead the way to success. Do you know how to respond?

Are you a leader? Being a leader is not about standing on top of the mountain waiting for those below you to figure out how to get there. Being a leader is about getting to the top of the mountain and showing others how to follow in your footsteps.

Are you a team player? If you want to remain on top of your game, you must have good team players by your side—but you also have to be a good team player yourself.

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Are you willing to continue learning? Some people believe that once they reach a certain point in their careers, they don’t need to continue learning. That’s a huge mistake. Taking the opportunity to learn and grow should be a lifelong journey, so be open to learn all you can.

Each of us should ask ourselves these fundamental questions as we continue along our loss prevention career path. When you think you’re ready, go for it—and don’t look back. Building a future takes place one step at a time, so be careful where you step.

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