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Success myths: It won't work that way

Everyone wants him - that sucess at workwho have favourited great career. If only because success is more fun than failure. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of clichés about this term, Success myths and truisms à la "Success is once more getting up than falling down". Or: "From nothing, comes nothing". Or: "Quality comes from tormenting". Not all wrong. But not really helpful either. Even worse than these rushes are the countless myths surrounding careers. They stir up misconceptions and expectations and lead some people astray instead of on the way up. Time to clean it up ...

Success at work: do you know your goals?

Many employees have the feeling that they are standing still, that they are not developing professionally. You see colleagues passing you by and ask yourself: Why are the others promoted and not me? In doing so, they stand in their own way - without noticing it. You wait instead of yourself to get active and to do everything for it to achieve one's own (!) goals.

To do this, however, you first have to know and be aware of them. If you have your aims do not yet know or do not know exactly, these articles and questions may help:

If the direction is clear, you shouldn't stick to these four typical and largest ones Success myths fall for:

  1. Success myth: If you work hard enough, you will be successful

    It is true that success at work is difficult to achieve without doing something for it. And yes, ambition, Diligence and hard work are usually a prerequisite for this. Only the reverse is wrong: Success is not an inevitable result of hard work.

    There are people who work 16 hours a day, they are the first in the office in the morning and the last to turn off the light in the evening. They are enthusiastic about their job, really kneel in, every day - and yet don't feel a bit successful afterwards. They may not even be objective.

    As mentioned above, success has a lot more to do with personal goals that you set and eventually achieve. It's a combination of hard work Passion, the willingness to learn, to change and to share. Not to forget: a large portion fun.

    Those who enjoy what they do will become hard workthat is behind it, anyway.

    The dilemma of success: choose 2 out of 3

    Tetralemma: The agony of choice

    A dilemma is a situation in which you have to choose between two options, but find it extremely difficult (with three options, by the way, it says Trilemma, with even more options Polylemma). A real dilemma.

    In the best case scenario, you have to choose between two positive options. Both are desirable, but only one can be achieved. In the worst case, both options produce an undesirable result - so you only have that Choice between plague or cholera or the lesser evil.

    And unfortunately, not choosing at all is not an option this time. You have to choose.

  2. Success myth: Success in school and studies makes you successful

    No question about it, a good one training today is the be-all and end-all to be able to choose the profession that one would like to pursue for the next few years. Without a good school leaving certificate or a completed one Education the job offers are very limited. Especially in high-wage countries like Germany.

    But that does not mean that top marks and one that has been optimized in the wind tunnel curriculum vitae inevitably help to professional heights. If you plan your résumé just as carefully as the bike tour through the Australian outback, you may be acting strategically, but forgets the most important thing: the personality.

    The focus in schools and universities is on imparting specialist knowledge, strategic thinking and practical experience. Social skills are often only conveyed casually. If any. In this way, brilliant analysts are educated and promoted, but their characters do not always keep pace with their ego. There are then Intelligence beasts in the literal sense.

    Make no mistake about it: Those who excel during their training can still fail in their job - and vice versa. It is more important that what you do really matches your talents, passions, and personality. Expertise is important, but success factors are more often these today Person-to-person skills: Team spirit, strong communication skills, critical ability (in both directions!), Authenticity.

  3. Success myth: Quality prevails

    Doing your job well is essential The key to success at work. But it is not enough. This also includes proactive commitment, constant improvement, good ones Etiquette, Consistency in everything you do.

    In every company there are unspoken expectations of employees, which are essential for one's own reputation, for that Personal branding, yes even for whether good work is actually rated as good. Anyone who does not know these rules and does not take them to heart can still deliver the best work - therefore he will not become a service provider.

    Often inconspicuous are responsible for this Little things, such as to exert less effort. The wording is decisive here: not yourself to make less effort, but to make less effort. There are employees who suck the last bit of strength out of your body. No matter how good they are at their job, they are annoying. Think lazy, for example. These are people who start with good ideas but then get tired of thinking them through to the end. You like good intentions nevertheless they remain part of the problem, not part of the solution. They are like children who want a dog without thinking about who goes for a walk afterwards, pays the vet and takes care of it on vacation. But there are also those colleagues who only pick the cherry on top and leave the unpleasant work to others.

    Every job has troublesome parts, and everyone in the store quickly finds out what those are. You neither collect sympathy nor career points by avoiding them. Real Top performers do this part without grumbling.

    Extra tips: How to impress the boss
    • Initiative. Managers are paid to lead people. However, they prefer employees who have a lot of drive with them and who get involved where it is needed even without their advice.
    • Love of detail. Of course, performance and initiative pay off first and foremost. But bosses are even more enthusiastic about employees who have an eye for details. They have an aura of the utmost care and quality. You can rely on someone like that.
    • Help. Team spirit is not just a cliché. Bosses are almost always impressed by employees who help others and thus strengthen the entire team - even if it's just that they hold the door for someone or buy a coffee.
  4. Success myth: Success is a matter of luck

    Rarely, really very seldom, is success just about luck. Sure, it comes down to that at times timing an: Meeting the right people in the right place at the right time has already established many a success story. But whoever thinks it always hits the lucky few who fate regularly brings such episodes, is seriously mistaken.

    Luck is not a stroke of luck, it is done much more often. And so success at work is also predominantly the result of responsible, decisive action (and a little Self-marketingsee box below).

    Just think about Harry Cover. He wanted to develop a synthetic cobweb substitute, a non-lethal weapon. But his invention was attached to all the devices that were supposed to work with it. The cyanoacrylate glued guns, pipes, switches. At some point it dawned on him that he had discovered something much better: one Super glue. In 1958 a patent was applied for. Since cyanoacrylate can stop massive bleeding as a side effect, the super putty was even used by emergency doctors to seal open wounds. The fabric saved the lives of many soldiers during the Vietnam War.

    There are numerous examples of this throughout history Success storiesthat started with bankruptcies, bad luck and mishaps. The only difference between the unlucky ones and the winners is: the latter make something out of the crap.

Success at work: attracting attention - without mutating into a wind machine

Self-marketing - that sounds like someone who has to stand out at all costs. Many people are reluctant to present themselves and their successes. They prefer to stay in the background. This ability is crucial to be professionally successful. The people with the biggest mouth get the furthest in life. You have probably already had this experience - and found out about the Busybody and whiskers annoyed. But they can do little (apart from selling themselves) - but they really have something to offer. Wouldn't it be stupid (and not in the interests of the company) to let the wind machines take over the stage?

So break away from false modesty - and this other myth: Self-marketing is not a bad thing and works without being self-important. Everyone operates it one way or another. Rather, be aware that even the greatest success fizzles out if nobody notices it.

Let your boss do that Value of your work recognize - for example like this:

  • Focus on your strengths.

    What are you best at? Where do you achieve success? Specialize in this area. This gives you the opportunity to stand out from your colleagues.

  • Accept your own weaknesses.

    Nobody is flawless. Don't pretend you're either. You know your weak points and accept them. But instead of being slowed down by you, concentrate on your strengths and work on your weaknesses - or look for strong partners and colleagues.

  • Be believable.

    In order for you to be considered credible, you need trustworthiness and competence. Your colleagues and your boss must be convinced that you can be relied on. You know what you are talking about and do not say anything that you cannot keep.

  • Bring self-confidence.

    Don't be too shy to express your opinion and come up with ideas. Present yourself to the outside world and in conversation with self-confidence and be convinced that you can do something and that you are valuable for the company.

  • Pay attention to your appearance.

    Also exude self-confidence and professionalism on the outside. Clothing is always a means of communication. How you dress shows what your attitude towards the company is and what position you work in. Make it a point to be well dressed by saying "I am aware that I represent the company and I care how others see us".

  • Occupy a topic.

    Find a niche for yourself and occupy it. Make a name for yourself in the selected area. When this topic comes up, you should be brought into contact with it. Participate in the discussion, be present at meetings and congresses and show your competence in this area.

  • Shine with expert knowledge.

    If you don't say anything in a meeting and don't contribute, you didn't need to go there. Because your boss won't remember that you were there. However, you are wasting a chance. They know their way around and the others should know that too. That doesn't mean that you add your mustard to anything and everything. That stands out negatively. But if you are well prepared and the key word for your subject comes up in the meeting, you can join the conversation. Convince with targeted and well-founded speeches.

  • Let others have their say.

    You know that it is important to present your own abilities and to put yourself in a good light. But in the same way, you give others the chance to do the same. They are not trying to force themselves to the fore at any cost.

  • Seize opportunities.

    If, for example, your boss asks for news in a team meeting, feel free to speak up. Provide a quick update on your tasks and projects. In doing so, highlight the successes that you have achieved.

  • Surprise your boss.

    Do something worth talking about. Bring yourself into the conversation. You are expected to do a good job. For example, you can voluntarily take on a project and make it a success. So you stay in the memory - and have more success at work.

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November 11, 2020Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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