Doing Your Job Is Not Enough To Be Successful


Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things. – Miyamoto Musashi

My boss and I had a talk the other day about success. The conversation worked its way to what is considered successful and how we achieve that goal. As the title of this post suggest, there is more to being successful than just being good at what you do and getting it done correctly. In fact, perception is actually more important than the actual outcome in overall success.

Just Get It Done?

You can get all your work done, correctly, efficiently and even early. But, that doesn’t mean that when that new job opening is available that you will be the one to get it. I know, that doesn’t sound fair, but the truth is that you can be the most respected, the best at what you do and still not be what is wanted for that management job or the next job up the career ladder. There is more……

The More…..

What is the more? It’s how you go about doing that job. Ask yourself these questions about how you approach a job:

  • Do you complain about the job?
  • Do you act upset while doing the job?
  • Do you act like you don’t enjoy the job?
  • Do you act like you know more than your peers while helping them with the job?

If you answered yes to any or all of these, you might want to step back, take a look at what you are doing and thinking when you get a job. Reevaluate, think about:

  • Being happy
  • Helping others
  • Teaching others without being condescending
  • Thanking them for letting you help them.

The End…..

In the end just take things in stride, don’t make a mountain out of molehill and enjoy helping others. Perception will help AND hurt your success.

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