Everyone wants something for nothing in that we want to be handed the finer things in life without working for them. We also want to have a perfect body without working out and we even on our jobs, in our businesses.... and gulp, at church, we want to have more power, more respect and more promotions just for showing up and doing our jobs. Yes, even me because I read the same fairy tales and most and the little girl within me wants to have it all without having to do much work. But in my wiser years, I have learned to appreciate the lessons learned while playing basketball during my youthful years.
1. No pain, no gain. Regardless of common beliefs, you are paid to do your work, but you are recognized and remembered by others based on the sacrifices you make. So regardless of whether you must endure the pain of being laughed at, mocked by others for going the extra mile or watching less qualified colleagues receive promotion after promotion, never forget that gains come after the pain.
2. Know the players. People say many things about their expectations, values and beliefs, but you must learn to appreciate who who you're working with. Whether consciously or unconsciously, people show you who they are based on their actions after they pull off the mask, pull down their neckties and be themselves after business hours. Accordingly, you need to learn the players by spending time with them both in and out of the office.
3. There is no I in team. Life is a competition and in business everything is about the bottom line. And while you may received your job because of the school you attended, who you know or your social, business or political connections, you must go above and beyond your job duties to help the team win. And helping the team win, ultimately helps you.
4. MVPs serve others. Throughout my career, I have helped others shift their focus from work-related problems to the potential of more favorable outcomes. Some are selfish and refuse to shift from complaining to complying, but others eventually realize that whiners, complainers and under-achievers are ignored and eventually walked out the door. But those who continually serve and support others, are remembered and rewarded for being a contributing asset.
5. Your reputation matters. What you do on and off the court matters just as what you do in and out of the office. Integrity and credibility goes hand in hand. If you have shown others that you will cheat, lie and steal, no one will trust you. Similarly, if your activities outside of work goes too far outside the norm, you will jeopardize your opportunities for growth because people will only see your differences instead of your similarities.
6. Success is a moving target. The only thing worse than a person who don't do anything other than the bear minimum is the person who won't do because of their fame from previous performances. Similar to what Janet Jackson said it best in her song, "What Have you Done for Me Lately, ". in the business world of benchmarks, competition and shattering unrealistic expectations, you have to do more in each day than you have ever done before.
7. Work harder everyday. When you know more, you do more and when you do more, you end appreciating who and what you are working with, the issues and problems on the horizon, management's expectations and everything else in between.
So despite what you have heard, learned or done in the past, in order to play big and play for keeps, you must always appreciate what you are working with.
Toni Moore, Esquire is an author, speaker and legal coach who inspires women to redefine their possibilities by embracing their personal power. Feel free to connect with Toni on Twitter/Instagram/Gmail: @ToniDivamoment.
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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