Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Success Beyond Measure

Everyone wants to succeed. I've never met anyone who says, "Please let me fail. Don't let me reach my goals and enjoy the fruits of success." But are they...are you...willing to do what it takes to succeed?

Now, here's the simple part...succeeding is easier than you think.

Here are four amazingly simple suggestions that lead to almost certain success:

1. Show up on time. Literally and figuratively, show up on time and be ready to work.
2. Do what you say you will do. Underpromising and overdelivering are rare in today's workplace.
3. Finish what you start. In fact, finish strong. Be the person about whom other people say, "We're sorry to see you go."
4. Say please and thank you. Simple etiquette is rare in today's work world, show it and you stand out.

These seem like common sense, don't they? You may be thinking, "This is kid's stuff. Surely there must be more to succeeding than these?"

Nope. The four qualities are so rare in today's workplace that if you exhibit them you almost automatically stand out as a rare person. When that happens you attract attention and the attention can be turned into opportunities. You will be given more chances to exhibit the qualities. The opportunities can be turned into rewards...dollars, accolades....and you'll find success faster than you imagined.

Try exhibiting the four qualities for one week. That's it. One week.

At the end of the week I'm betting two things will happen. First, the people around you will notice a change in how you do what you do. Second, and most importantly, you will notice a change in yourself. You'll feel more appreciation for your work and you will feel more successful.

That final benefit is more than worth the effort.

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