You can do a lot to boost your chances for career success, but asking for feedback is crucial. People are usually happy to offer their opinion, and it gives you a clear idea of where you should be headed and how you can get there.
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Forbes contributor Joseph Folkman not only suggests regularly asking for feedback, he says you should become an expert at it. Regular feedback is important because it can clue us in to stuff we might otherwise not notice. Think of it as a GPS for your career:
The advantage of ongoing feedback is much like the advantage you gain from a GPS device as opposed to a paper map. Both provide directions about where you want to go. The GPS, however, provides the directions in the context of an accurate assessment of where you currently are. The GPS also uses four satellites to determine that location. Likewise, feedback should come from multiple sources to be accurate. Be confident, and continually ask your boss, your peers, and others around you for feedback.
You might not agree with everyone's feedback, and it might not always be accurate. But by asking, you'll have a wealth of knowledge to work with and consider. Check out his full post at the link below.