Guidelines for Life – Rules for Success
- Don’t ever burn your bridges! The person you tell off may be the one who will be asked to provide an endorsement for your next important position.
- Don’t sell yourself short. At the same time, however, don’t over rate your own importance.
- You cannot lift yourself up by running everyone else down.
- Leaders emerge: the are seldom appointed.
- Your job is what you make it; don’t wait for the boss to tell you what to do.
- Shape you job so you are doing what you like to do; when you’re having fun, time flies; a clock watcher will never be more than a hand.
- Do every job a little better than anyone expects. If it’s good enough, it’s not.
- Do your homework; be as well informed as possible on every subject that the committee or work group to which you have been appointed is schedule to discuss.
- Analyze your data. File cabinets are full of data that were collected and stored without ever gaining the benefit of understanding and insights that the simplest of analyses would revealed.
- Finish the job – this often includes writing a paper on what you have done and publishing it; don’t stop just short of the goal line.
- Respect your co-workers and supporting staff.
- Never let your education interfere with your work. Just because you have a degree does not make you better than others.
- When you are near a fountain of knowledge, do everything possible to get thoroughly soaked.
- Volunteer for new assignments, including a transfer to another city for a position with more responsibility – even if it does not include a salary increase.
- Be active locally – in your professional society, civic activities, youth work and your church. National leaders emerge from those who lead locally.
- Finally – remember that you should never take both a sleeping pill and a laxative just prior to going to bed.
By Dade W. Moeller