Why It's Important To Celebrate Career Milestones, and 4 Ways to Do It
Whether it's a promotion or the closure of a big deal, motivate yourself with some incentives.
When asked why he wouldn’t celebrate the goals he made during matches, the Italian football player Mario Balotelli famously said, “When I score, I don’t celebrate because I’m only doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?”
There are two good ways to look at his answer. The first is that he's right; football is his job, and it's no more dignified than the work of a postman. There's a pragmatic, working-class humility in that sentiment, and we all need a little bit of it to stay grounded.
But the second is that he's wrong, and that postmen absolutely should celebrate the successes in their work, for the exact same reason: there's honor in a job well done, whether you're a star athlete or a blue collar worker.
While it’s true that you don’t have to celebrate every little task you accomplish at work, it’s still important to pat yourself on the back for career milestones both big and small, if only for self-motivation. Here are four ways to celebrate your career victories:
Celebrate a closed deal with a new watch.
They say the least important thing a watch does is tell the time. That's because, as collectors and enthusiasts would attest, watches tell stories, including stories of success and achievement. Some watches celebrate the climbing of Mount Everest; others celebrate the moon landing. At their best, watches are much more than trinkets that tell the time—they're symbols of who you are and what you've achieved. So the next time you close a big, career-defining deal, consider heading to a watch boutique and walking out with a shiny new wristpiece. Doing so will imbue that piece with the story of your success, and so every time you want to remind yourself of the value of hard work, it will be as simple as glancing down.
Use a chunk of your bonus for a (safe) family trip.
Any good company knows when and how to reward its employees for work well done. If you've absolutely killed it over the past year and delivered stellar results, it's only right that you get to enjoy a bonus. And that's the thing about bonuses: they're meant to be enjoyed, and shared with others. One could argue that investing your bonus in some family time is the most fulfilling use of it. So consider setting something aside for a trip when the coast is clear.
Moving to a new company? Invest in a really good suit.
If you don't yet enjoy feeling of wearing a quality suit that fits you perfectly, then there's no better time to start than when you're commencing a new job at a new company, or setting out on your own. A suit is a perfect self-treat to mark a new beginning, because you can wear it like armor to the new frontiers you'll conquer. Plus, you can chalk it up as an investment of sorts, because you know what they say about dressing for the job you want.
Get a new ride to match your corner office.
Work long enough in the corporate world and you'll know that every step up the career ladder costs blood, sweat, and literal tears. And not all steps are equal—some are so high up that they require you to leap, and occasionally give every bit of yourself to your work. So when you finally get there, allow yourself to enjoy it. If you've scored a corner office, a C-Suite title, or a seat at the table, go all out and treat yourself with a vehicle that announces your arrival. It's a posh way to get to and from your office, but also it will also serve as a symbol of how you're making your way to your dream job and blazing your own trail through the world.
Of course, you’ll want to pick a set of wheels that are as reliable as they are stylish. A true SUV like the Kia Sorento is a great choice for a car upgrade. The interiors are comfy and spacious, with enough space to seat up to seven people and generous storage space in the back. It is also sleek and elegant inside-out and is decked out with cool features like keyless ignition and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth and Apple Carplay.
The Kia Sorento makes for a powerful but comfortable drive thanks to its 200/3800-PS-over-RPM diesel engine power, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifts, and Electronic Stability Control. This allows you to take it anywhere, from the great outdoors to the busy city streets.
If you want to celebrate your career success with a cool and powerful new set of wheels, check out Kia Motors Philippines’ official website.
For a closer look at the new Kia Sorento, visit Kia’s showroom or book an appointment at your nearest Kia dealership. For more updates, follow Kia Motors Philippines’ Facebook page.