Fast Track to Success: How a 21-Year-Old Advanced to the Top at Five Guys

Take heed to tips that could accelerate your professional goals

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No matter how good you are at what you do, it’s likely you have your eyes set on something bigger and better. The easy part is realizing your desire to make your next major career move. But the difficulty lies in trying to execute your vision.

Well 21 year-old Alicia May was standing in your shoes before being promoted recently to general manager at a Five Guys restaurant franchise location. As the GM, Alicia is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations, particularly staffing, scheduling, sales, team/crew performance, health and safety code compliance, customer service, and purchasing.

When I learned of her extremely quick career growth, I asked her to give her success secrets with BlackEnterprise.com readers. She was delighted to do so and had the following to share with you as you prepare for your next major boss move:

1) Express interest to decision-makers and hiring officials that you have your eyes set on a particular position.

2) Work hard and learn everything you can about the position. Ask if you can shadow or be trained as the back-up person.

3) Grow within the company and do extra work so decision-makers will know you are seriously committed to the company.

4) Be full of passion when you come to work every day.

5) Identify your weaknesses and work on them immediately. Don’t run from them.

With Baby Boomers retiring at astronomical rates, companies are looking for young leaders to step up. Therefore, now is the time for you to roll up your sleeves and prepare for your next boss move.

To achieve high levels of success you have to speak it into existence. Comment below or connect with Antoine on Twitter @2PositiveTweets.
Antoine Moss, Ph.D., (@2PositiveTweets) is a nationally recognized resource on internships, early career achievement, leadership and motivation. CEO and founder of CEO Style Consulting L.L.C., Moss empowers professionals and organizations to reach their full potential, and serves as speaker, workshop instructor and consultant. The author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Moss has been a featured expert on outlets including Fox 8 TV News and George Fraser’s 2011 Power Networking Conference.

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