Because I often write about career issues, I often am asked by people how they can become more successful. Many people seem to be stuck in their current jobs and as a result are bored and unmotivated. They wind up being problem employees for their current companies as their negativity drags down those around them. Obviously, these people should be looking around at other opportunities, but many are afraid of change. Even more than the risk of switching jobs, it is change that is unsettling for those who stay on in jobs they dont like.
My answer to those who ask me about success is: Be remarkable. After I say that, I usually get a quizzical look. Then I explain that in order to be remarkable, they have to give their current employer more passion and productivity than any of the other employees. In my world of sales, thats a simple issue. Just work harder, work longer and sell more. Provide customers with superior service. Listen to their wishes and fulfill them. It wont take you long to be spotted as someone who is headed for stardom.
The same can be said for any other line of work. Recommitting to the job you have is probably the best jump-start you can have for your career. If getting out is your goal, the surest way to accomplish that goal is to get noticed for going above and beyond the call of duty. People outside your company are impressed when they see someone who is exuding positive energy and demonstrating a high level of skill.
Then theres the idea of helping other members of your team. Managers always look for high achievers who go out of their way to help colleagues. Wonder why? Its simple. Most companies are always looking for team-oriented leaders who help others achieve their goals. Too many so-called managers believe that whatever enterprise they are involved in is all about them and their ambitions. They arent hard to identify and unfortunately in too many companies they spread their selfish attitudes to others.
Always tell people the truth. Any client treasures those who promise something and deliver. Too many companies promise too much and then cant deliver on those promises. That is the kiss of death for any relationship. In fact, I have always preferred to undersell what I can deliver and then deliver more value. That kind of pleasant surprise can really impress a business partner.
Other traits of remarkable people include enthusiasm, sociability, a sense of humor and the ability to communicate. People who are having fun at their jobs are contagious; others just want to be around them. Remarkable people tend to be active in their communities and in their profession by attending and volunteering for committees in membership organizations. They are in constant contact with others, both on and off the job. Being sociable not only invites friendship, but it also attracts new business.
Its a tough, competitive world and only the strong and remarkable will survive. The formula for being remarkable shouldnt be a mystery to anyone. Work hard, go the extra mile. Keep your word. Always have a ready smile. Be enthusiastic and passionate about what you do.
Do those things and you wont be stuck in a mind-numbing job. You will be in demand.