Throughout my time in the corporate world, I learned a great deal about business and developing relationships. So much of the knowledge I gained translates into my everyday life now. Today, I really wanted to share three of the things (among many actually) that stood out for me while building my career in tech. They are in no particular order; never underestimating the power of being nice, perception is almost always reality and 80% of success is showing up. The reasons these stood out to me is the easy application to any part of my life. I dive into each one a little bit below…
1. Never underestimate the power of being NICE
We would all think this is a no-brainer, right? You would be surprised. I can’t tell you how many times arrogance had cost my previous colleague’s deals. It just doesn’t make sense. We would all rather work with folks we like and trust. You still have to be bring value to the table for them but being nice helps more than you think. There were so many times where simply being pleasant gets you a meeting. Arriving on time for lunch or meeting. You would be surprised the meetings you get and the deals you are able to better close by being pleasant and respectful.
2. Perception is reality
Again, should be common knowledge. A lot of this stems from attitude. If you act as though you don’t care, have no input, don’t ask questions and don’t prepare, than guess what, the other side knows it. Why would they care about your product or service if even you don’t. Same way as how you dress. Dress the part. Know your audience. Do your research ahead of time and know about who you are meeting with. They will notice and impressed that you took the time to learn about them prior. Shows you care and you mean business. Be nice and perceptive.
3. 80% of success is showing up
Hard work and passion are what’s most important to gaining success. I’m not big on the whole talent thing. I feel those that are truly successful are willing to work harder for it and are obsessed with reaching their goal. The 80% notion took me a while to appreciate since I simply wouldn’t accept just showing up to practice. Yet, we all know those that go to work, do the bar minimum and repeat. But, the reality is, if you don’t show up, you have zero chance. If you show-up and do the bare minimum, you can probably get by. So if you show and your ‘present’, than you are at least on your way. The hard work and passion take over from there and you begin to build confidence and success.
Sebastian photobombed my shoot, those chubby thigh were too cute not to include in today’s post!
Would love to hear some of the things that have been instilled in you at work. Let me know! Have a great week everybody!