BECOMING INDISPENSABLE: HOW TO LAST IN A FICKLE WORLD

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JULY 10, 2014

I teach a course called, “How to Build a Life: Intelligent Life Strategies.” In this course, we talk about what it takes to build a satisfying and meaningful life. One of our topics revolves around the art of connecting with people. I always tell my groups that there is “connecting” with people (making a good first impression) and then there are “permanent connections” – connecting to the point where people can’t live without you. The world is fickle – so what can you do to make sure you outlast the competition, the trends and people’s ever-changing moods?

Here are my suggestions of what I believe make a person indispensable – the kind of person I’d want to keep around forever. (Personally or for business. ) These are the qualities that separate the men from the boys, the girls from the women, the amateurs from the professional and good from the extraordinary:

1.  Take RESPONSIBILITY: Own It. Success or failure, take responsibility, never shift blame.

2.  Show up and be on TIME: Buy a watch.

3.  Plan for ADVANCEMENT: Know where you’re going.

4.  Generate IDEAS: Contribute something of value.

5.  Be HONEST: All the time, in every area. Even in the small things.

6.  Keep SECRETS: Knowledge is power – gossiping is weakness.

7.  Be an EXPERT. Know your job better than anyone.

8.  Make your boss look GOOD: Happy, successful bosses keep those who helped him achieve his goals.

9.  Be POSITIVE – never negative: No one likes constant negative energy.

10.  Be FLEXIBLE: We all need to bend with the wind from time to time.

11.  Do not COMPLAIN: Have more solutions than problems.

12.  LEARN from your mistakes: Jump, fall, make mistakes, but learn, grow and continue.

13.  Improve your SKILLS: Strive to be a better version of yourself.

14.  Provide excellent CUSTOMER service: You are the face of your company – or the relationship. Never embarrass your boss or friend.

15.  Get a sense of HUMOR: Learn to laugh – it helps!

16.  TEACH others: Help others look good and succeed.

17.  Take on EXTRA responsibility cheerfully: Go the extra mile.

18.  SACRIFICE and make me believe that you find it to be a privilege to be part of the team.

19.  FINISH what you start: Never leaving something unfinished.

20.  Be LOYAL: Stability of character will never be thrown away.

5 thoughts on “BECOMING INDISPENSABLE: HOW TO LAST IN A FICKLE WORLD

  1. Thank you for these absolute reminders. They are also good for those of use that have closed chapters of our lives. It’s not over, just a new chapter. The truths stay the same.

  2. Dr. Phil! These are excellent points. I printed them out and put them in my office. Thanks for the article! Miss you!

    -Jack

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