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Why Are Some People More Successful Than Others
by Catherine Pulsifer
Why is it that some people move further and faster in their careers than others? What is different about today's working environments compared to that of our parents?
Have you ever had any of the following thoughts:
- "I have the appropriate educational background; why didn't I get the position?"
- "I have all the skills and experience the company is looking for; why wasn't I given the promotion?"
- "I have been here longer than the successful candidate; why did they get the job?"
- "I go to work everyday, never calling in sick; why don't I get recognized for my contributions?"
- "What do I have to do to be successful today?"
- "I work just as hard as everybody else; why didn't I get as big a raise?"
These thoughts are common to a lot of people. So what makes the difference? I see three qualities that explain the difference between an average person, and a person who stands out above the crowd. If you consistently demonstrate these three qualities, you will stand apart from the rest.
On the other hand, I could make a list of hundreds of qualities and skills that you should possess to be successful today. Instead, if you demonstrate these three qualities, all the other qualities and skills you require will follow naturally.
We all have the ability to acquire these three qualities; you don't have to be a genius to master them. What you do need, however, is a willingness to truthfully examine your behaviors, have a desire to improve, and take the appropriate action. It is also helpful to obtain honest feedback from a supportive co-worker. The feedback you need from your colleague is how they see you compared to how you see yourself.
Putting these three qualities into practice is not as easy as it sounds. It is human nature to fall back to what is familiar and comfortable to us. You really have to work to develop these qualities, and, in some cases, you will need to break old habits. Breaking old habits is easy to say, but much harder to do.
Byron Pulsifer, The Who In I
And, don't expect immediate recognition after you have made positive changes. There has to be consistency in your behavior and performance over time. Don't think that by reading a book, and changing some of your behaviors, that tomorrow will bring you recognition, or a promotion. Often people get discouraged or disillusioned by expecting everyone to instantly see the positive changes they have made. Allow time to work to your advantage.
The three key qualities that I have been referring to are:
1. Having a Positive Attitude
2. Being Able to Adapt to Change
3. And, Loving What You Do
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