Workplace Success

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
Dr. Seuss

Everyone wants to be successful; being successful gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It feels good to do your job right and do it well. You feel successful when you are able to make a difference through your workplace, for example, with clients, customers, or other staff. Workplace success can influence the level of reward and recognition you receive from your boss, your colleagues, and your organization. Being successful is your ticket to getting noticed by higher-ups, being promoted, and earning more money. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the many ways to pave your path to a successful career.

Show Initiative

I was once sitting beside the president of a large, national sales company, who appeared to be in his early forties. I asked him how he had gotten to where he was, given the fact that he was so young. He said when he first started with the company, he volunteered for anything and everything. In one instance, he volunteered to set up a presentation for his boss. He finished the set-up and his boss in- vited him to stay and listen to the presentation. He ended up meet- ing all kinds of people that he would never have met otherwise and listened in on a highly strategic discussion to which he never would have normally been privy. Showing initiative at work is a great way to get noticed, especially if it is done in a collaborative way. Jump in, and do not be afraid to offer your assistance. Having a “can do” attitude attracts positive energy.

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