1) be passionate about HR. It should come straight from the heart. You should enjoy being in HR. You should take to HR as a duck takes to water Then only it is possible to achieve excellence.Unless you excel in what you do, it is difficult to succeed.
2)develop aptitude for HR. It is easy to develop aptitude for those who are passionate about HR . HR Aptitude means developing flair for people related issues.
3)develop right attitude. Right attitude for taking initiative to walk the extra mile to learn new things in HR and developing a solution centric thinking since problems keep coming at you in HR
4)understand what are the key skills required for HR to meet business challenges. For example, finding talent and retaining it is a challenge which the corporates are facing in the competitive service sector. Thus the key skill to address the problem is talent management skill.
5) after finding out the key skills, find out a mentor who can guide in acquiring in these skills. Read material from all possible sources on these skills and discuss with your mentor or a senior leader.
6) keep abreast of new trends in HR either reading, attending seminars,professional clubs or participating in social media discussions.
7) Realize that Rome is not built in a day and learning is a continuous process and success does not happen over night but will definitely happen.
All the best
In-House HR & IR Advisor