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15 Things Successful People Never Say At Work

15 Things Successful People Never Say At Work

Successful people are a class apart. Whatever they do, they set a benchmark and they do it with some style.

Mindsets are like viral infections. One of the best things you could do is surround yourself with successful people in your workplace. Their work ethic and style, the way they do things and why they do things is enviable and something one cannot feel bad about imitating. So what is it that we can copy paste in our lives?

Below are 15 things successful people never say at work. Let us all take some leaves out of their books and get going.

1. They never gossip about other people

Gossip is an exercise of the tongue. They don’t have time for such high school drama. They are focused on their work and on acing whatever they are doing. Successful people don’t gossip because they believe in spending their time and energies in much more productive work. If someone needs help, instead of gossiping, they talk to them directly. But talking behind their backs is a strict no-no for successful people! They clearly know that people who talk about other people because they cannot be heroes themselves. So they feel the need to create & identify villains around by gossiping.

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2. They never make excuses

“I got late because of this”, “I won’t be able to submit the report because of this”, “I won’t be able to…” – are words you won’t hear from successful people. Because they don’t ever make excuses. If they can’t do something, they generally don’t take it up. But mostly, they balance everything pretty well. They are on time with their arrivals and submissions. They are punctual. Successful people don’t let it reach a point where they will need to make excuses. They plan their hours in such a smart way that they are never found chasing their agendas. They look to be on top of them always.

3. They never say No

They have this fearlessness written large on their faces. Alibis are not in sync with their personalities. They take charge and see to it that things get done. They don’t say a downright no to doing things. They give it all they have and try to succeed at multiple things; while knowing what is their real forte. Successful people are good at a lot of things because they don’t say no.

4. They never complain about the system

Let’s admit, even they have problems when the work system becomes a little restrictive. But what sets successful people apart is instead of cribbing, they find a way out. They try to understand the system. And if it is there for good, they change. And if not, they try to change the system. But complaining is something you won’t hear from them for sure! Most unsuccessful people could be found cribbing about system around.

5. They never complain about how much work they have

They enjoy their work. They sign up for it. Because they like to have a lot on their plate and then achieve it all. It is a very good feeling. They over prepare themselves and then they go with the flow. That’s how they succeed. They don’t complain about the quantity of their work. They just try to set new quality standards.

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6. They never talk too much about their personal lives

Successful people believe in keeping the mystery around themselves. They also know how to communicate better in their workplaces. They know that at work, one should focus only on work related issues. That’s why, they talk the least about their personal lives. They like to keep it separate and balanced.

7. They never say mean things to their colleagues

Because they are awesome people. They are never rude to their colleagues. If they don’t like something, they make polite confrontations. They don’t believe in rumours. They don’t believe in petty word exchanges. And they are also good at letting go. They simply know ‘How to avoid controversies’.

8. They never talk about their financials

Successful people don’t brag about the money they make because they know it breeds unhealthy competition. They want everyone to compete on equal footing on the basis of their talents and outcomes and productivity; not money. Also, they don’t like showing off to others. Successful people also know – money is not a good end result of every endeavour. Hence, they keep it out of their discussions.

9. They usually avoid talking about their goals

Successful people rarely talk about their targets and what all they wish to achieve in front of their colleagues because they know it leads to added pressure. They like to take people by surprise with their achievements. They know that people have a habit of criticism. And in case their goals don’t get fulfilled for whatever reason, they can avoid a lot of heat by not sharing each and everything on their to-do list.

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10. They never talk too much about themselves

Successful people are very good communicators. They know that the best way to win people over without even trying is to show genuine interest in them. That’s why, you won’t find successful people talking much about themselves unless specifically asked for. They have genuine conversations with their colleagues about what’s happening with them and whether the colleague needs any help. They win hearts very subtly. They have realized that ‘to near people; they need to hear them’.

11. They never talk about giving up

The thought never crosses their minds. If something isn’t working a particular way, they figure out some other way. They know there is always a way. And they don’t give up till they find it. This is one of the most prominent hallmarks of successful people. They never give up. They may rest for a while but you will never find them quitting.

12. They never say no to a learning opportunity

They will practically latch on to it. And they don’t feel shy even in learning something from someone who is junior to them at work. Successful people know that learning and experience can be gained from anywhere, at any point. And that one should not let go of the opportunity. One reason why they don’t say No is because it helps them learn. And they have this unquenchable thirst for learning new methods and adopting new ideas. That’s what makes them successful.

13. They never say no when someone asks for help

Because, successful people believe in growing with everyone else. If there is something they can do to help someone grow, they will selflessly do it. And the vice versa is also true. If they need help, they don’t feel ashamed to seek it. They believe in helping and taking help. That’s how successful people make such good work environments around them & that’s why people come to them. Because they give help without pretence. They know that networking is a very important career function & they fully leverage upon it.

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14. They never say things to please others.

Frankly, successful people don’t know how to. The only way they know of growing in life is doing excellent work. They don’t know of shortcuts like pleasing the boss to climb up the ladder / running around others. They know how to do their work with excellence and they know how to get ahead in life on the basis of that merit. They won’t sugar coat their words either. They call a spade a spade. They win hearts genuinely.

15. They never make offensive comments even in jest

Successful people think before they speak. They don’t make offensive jokes / rude comments on colleague under the influence of intoxicating bad habits. They are always in charge of their reputation. They are in control of their emotions. They don’t react to people. They speak only the right words that fit the work environment. That’s what makes them successful people.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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