Are You Remarkably Successful?

This morning I came across an Inc. Magazine story by Jeff Haden, “9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People.

As I read, I couldn’t help but reflect on the advice my dad always offered. “Make an impact and you make an impression.” He was an entrepreneur; a successful business owner who believed in being intentional with his time, leading by example and going the extra mile.

So, I was glad to see points like “Time doesn’t fill me. I fill time,” “Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything,” and “Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn’t just happen to me” reiterated in the article. The list speaks to personal accountability in the workplace and the opportunity each of us has to manage our own career.

Jeff makes several good points with the caveat of No. 8 on the list: “People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.”  

In my experience (especially with our clients at Standing Partnership), there’s value to being a collaborator, contributor and think partner — not just doing what you’re told. There’s a difference between being in control and influencing. I find the latter to be most effective and appreciated by our team and clients.

Many of Jeff’s points are not only foundational to my personal beliefs, but also how Standing does business. I hope they are equally effective for building remarkable organizations.

We take a consultative approach. We are intentional, collaborative, results oriented, and we find win-wins for our clients.  

What’s been your experience? Are there other beliefs that should be added to the list?

  • Elizabeth K

    Thanks for sharing the words of wisdom from your father! I agree with you on your assessment of #8 on the list. Though I often find that “influencing” makes me feel more like a lobbyist. And though effective, can certainly clash with efficiency with respect to time. smile

  • Melissa

    Appreciate the comment, Elizabeth. Agree not always the most efficient, but today more than ever before, collaboration, buy in and influence are certainly the most effective. Critical to sustainable success of individuals and organizations—and an opportunity to build effective networks.