The last few days I have been thinking a lot about how to explain a concept that is important to understanding how to be successful in any company, but especially in mine.
When I look at those who have risen up through the ranks and have seen promotions and pay raises, there is one thing that really stands out. They have found ways to add value to the business. They do more than just the minimums and they have been rewarded for it.
When I look at those who have not been as successful I see the opposite. There is a sense of entitlement that they deserve something more, but at least in my eyes, have yet to prove they have earned. In each of their cases I see opportunities missed and choices made that did not add value to the company.
I did a little research and came across this statement from a business blogger Brian Loomer, “If you go through your workdays just trying not to get fired, then you are probably headed for trouble,” says Loomer.
“Instead, push those negative thoughts out of your mind. Focus on the work you do and how you add value to your company. Infuse positivity and a can-do attitude to those on your team. Work smarter than your competition and you can get ahead every time.”
And finally, I would add you need to figure out what is valuable in the eyes of your customers, your boss, and the company as a whole. Focusing on just what is valuable to you is not what being part of a team is all about .