It’s a fundamental human truth that everyone, and I mean everyone, wants to be well thought of.
This is true in personal relationships, in sports endeavors, in creative expressions, and especially true at work, where quarterly evaluations and daily judgement reigns.
No one wakes up in the morning, yawns, stretches, and utters to herself, “Today, I don’t care what anyone thinks about how I’m doing at work.”
So, if it’s true that we all want to be well thought of, then it’s worth a moment or two discussing what it takes to be well thought of, more often than not.
Sure, raw intellect helps. No doubt, being the boss’s son can’t hurt.
But nothing moves the needle like being accountable. 100% reliable, every single day. Being reliable means being the person others can count on – for anything, and in any moment. Being accountable means you always show up on time, you always have the analysis/deck/assignment completed on time and at the ready, and you are always prepared to contribute when the time comes.
Being accountable means you go above and beyond what’s asked, and from time to time, you go well beyond what’s expected. Being reliable means you never, ever drop the ball.
Be the person that makes things happen, not the person that makes excuses.
And you’d be amazed at how being so reliable over time makes you seem more capable, more intelligent, more indispensable in the eyes of others.
Being reliable is the single most important contributor to personal success in any organization. Full stop.
If you are consistently reliable, you quickly become the “go-to” person in the organization. And being the go-to person means everyone thinks well of you – except of course those that are more focused on excuse-making than deliverable-making.