I agree with those of you who have said that success at work depends on both – our individual zeal and also the organization we work in. It is extremely important that our personal goals are aligned to that of the organization’s vision. The organization’s role is to facilitate the growth of the employee in every aspect of work. A conducive work environment, free from discrimination of any kind is a very significant factor contributing to an individual’s growth and development. We can proudly claim that H&R Block is one of those organizations where there are no discrimination with regards to gender, background, ethnicity, physical disability etc. Meritocracy is the only thing that matters and the high performers are certain to achieve success here.
At the same time, it is your own zeal and commitment, your hunger to achieve more that will take you ahead in your career as well as life. A positive attitude and the passion to keep doing better are essential individualistic traits for achieving success. I am reminded here of a quote by Abraham Lincoln which I find very apt – “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other”.
Moving on to the important qualities one needs to attain success at work. Most of the people say that sincerity, hard work, perseverance, etc which are of course cornerstones of the path to success. Over and above these, I believe in the following ‘mantra’ for success:
As some of you have mentioned, goal setting is an extremely crucial process towards achieving success at work. Knowing what you want to achieve makes it that much easier because you know what you are working towards. Once you have clear goals, you can go about planning how to achieve them. Proper planning helps you strike a balance between your personal and professional life, it enhances your productivity and creativity. While all of us compromise work and personal life at some times, it is important to gain a balance over both.
It is only human to make mistakes. But what makes you stand apart is your ability to admit it and then use it as a stepping stone to success. Success teaches you fewer lessons than failure.
Be willing to approach a problem differently or take up new challenges. Push the envelope and see how you can make things better. Don’t get boxed by designations, hikes and promotions. Value is defined by you and your customer. Work on it.
A lot of you have echoed the sentiment here and I am in complete agreement. If you love what you do, you are bound to give your best to it. Work becomes a chore only when someone makes you do it. But if you are passionate about what you do, it becomes a source of enjoyment and charges you up each day. Your work should give you the zest to come to office every Monday.
Of course one cannot underestimate the importance of rewards towards achieving success. However, if you do not love what you do, no amount of money can make you put in your best. If you enjoy your work, you are bound to do it very well. Doing something very well means that you bring value to the organization as well as the clients. And this in turn ends up rewarding you.
Some of you have also stated luck as being an important factor for success. True, it makes a difference if you are in the right place at the right time. Only most times we don’t realize we are in the right place at the right time. Always be ready for an opportunity when it comes your way. Be open-minded. However, this has to be topped with hard work and dedication. As the saying goes, there are no short cuts to success.
I have a picture in my mind, and it says “Your attitude almost always determines your altitude in life”. Folks the bottom line is – we can’t change many things that happen to us in our lives, but we can control our attitude towards it. Have fun!