Achieving Success at Work – The Success Matrix

Here are two basics that will virtually guarantee success on the job.

First, we create a matrix with two intersecting axes.

Axis 1 is hard work.
Axis 2 is being nice.

Here is what that looks like.


The bottom left and top right are not optimum, but depending on your team you might survive. For example, people can tolerate grumpiness from someone who gets a lot done! After all, everyone can see they are working really hard and so expect them to be a bit grumpy. Of course, no one likes to be around a grump.

At the bottom left, we have the really nice person who is not so productive. But man, they are so nice! When you are dealing with someone like that, you tend to think you can mentor, train, or find work for them to do that fits their skill sets. Right? But eventually a company has to turn a profit and that depends on productivity.

Now we come to the bottom right. As the kids say, yeah….no.

I want to finish in the sweet spot, which is the top left. If this is you, then you have probably held a job your entire life. If this is not you, but you are a hard worker? Work harder on being nice. You are a really nice person? It is a nice thing to work hard and help the team.

Now, what about nice people finishing last? Next post.

Success Kindergarten – Be Nice

Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, and other success coaches have many techniques, some advanced, to move people forward. I have figured out that I am not at the advanced stages. I’m not even in intermediate.

I need to go back to Success Kindergarten. I need to be nice.

Be nice!

Be nice!

This sounds easy, but it entails more than just a mental state. Questions I have to ask myself constantly are:
What is my tone of voice?
Am I imposing?
Am I listening?

It is NOT as easy as it looks on TV.

Final thought: be nice!

Exercise for Problem Solving

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

–Soren Kierkegaard

Exercise helps you mentally. Philosophers have what they call a mind/body problem. They question the relationship between the brain and the body. I have no such problem. The mind is the body and the body is the mind.

A healthier body is a healthier mind. Period.

What is my IQ is the same as asking:

  • How fat am I?
  • What is my:
  • blood pressure
  • heart rate
  • glucose
  • bench press
  • How fast can I move one mile?
  • How many miles can I walk?

Question of the Morning

How to wake up quickly and get in the right frame of mind early in the morning?

The night before sets you up for success or failure. But assume you did everything right and slept enough. Even so, how to wake up and get started?

Light and sunshine
Move away from the bed and bedroom
Water with lemon or tea/coffee

I just woke, and I woke to negative thoughts. I asked myself, first, how does negativity help me? Second, what should I think about instead? Third, why do I feel this way? Fourth, how do I feel better?

You can see I made it to step four.

Now I am going to finish my water, take my music, and go for a walk. See you in a few minutes.

Early Morning Motivation

In addition to drinking a glass of water,  I’ve decided to watch a motivational video every morning.

The best part of this video @
You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see but oh you can feel him on your heels can’t ya…feel him breathing down your neck. You know what that is?

That’s YOU.

Your fears, your doubts, your uncertainties all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky. But don’t lose heart. While they are not easily defeated they are far from invincible.

If I update a post will it be bumped to the top?

Update II:
It does if you go inside WordPress and change Published date on the post to be the current time.

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