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8 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Too Humble At Work

8 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Too Humble At Work

Everyone has always seemed to know about the power of arrogance. It wasn’t uncommon for people to brag about their accomplishments during first time introductions. However in today’s society, we have lost the power of humility. No one likes a show off, especially in the workplace. As a result, people who make the long hard journey to success are very frequently reminded to remain humble upon arrival.

Our society has come to believe that humility, confidence and hard work make a winning recipe for personal achievement. Yet, I know many confident, humble and hardworking people who are still to achieve the goals and dreams they have set out to accomplish. This is because there is a big difference between being arrogant and having a sense of arrogance about yourself. Those whose actions leave us in awe are very aware of this difference.

Culturally, we have warped the idea of having arrogance with so many negative connotations that it is often synonymous with pride, vanity or egotism.
We all have an arrogance. It is the one thing that makes you seemingly irreplaceable. It is your passion or action; the one thing you do extremely well. Your arrogance is the value you add to society. It is what makes you indispensable. While self-esteem describes a person’s overall sense of self-worth or value,
humility is truly an asset to have, but too much of it can turn in a liability.

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And for starters, there are eight reasons why you should not be too humble at work and why you need arrogance, not confidence, to boost your self-esteem.

1. Being humble has different meanings and perceptions

Different people have different meanings and opinions on humility. To be successful in the workplace, it would do you good to understand the perceptions of others on the subject. Being humble is a good trait to have; however in today’s aggressive business market; it may leave people thinking you are timid, shy or just a push over.

2. Too much humility can often down play the powerful experience of positive affirmation

Many successful managers have been found to use the power of positive affirmation to motivate their teams. When you receive a compliment for something you have done very well, you secrete several feel good hormones. These are the same hormones Kobe Bryant and LeBron James secrete every time they make amazing plays on the basketball court. If someone cautioned you to be humble right after you set a new personal record for yourself in the gym, or as a runner you run further than you ever thought you possible could, would that not leave a sour taste in your feel good moment?

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Humility is a good trait to have. But at work, too much of it can down play the experience of receiving good and positive feedback.

3. No one will know your value

Often times in our humility, we simply expect our actions to speak for us. We assume that if we just stay focused and work hard, we wouldn’t have to fuss about how good we really are. This old way of thinking simply leaves your chances of success up to luck. If you are too humble, people may not know what real value you bring to the organization. Sometimes you might have to use your words to create opportunities for your actions.

4. You may not know your value

If I asked what your arrogance is, what would you say? What is the one thing you do so well that makes you irreplaceable at your workplace? And I don’t mean your job description. Humility can sometimes leave you passing through life in contentment, never truly expressing the skills and qualities that make you unique.

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5. People love humble people sometimes for all the wrong reasons

While it is sad, it is also true. If you have too much humility in the workplace, people might be compelled to take advantage of you. Don’t be so humble that you find yourself with longer hours and soul drenching workloads. Don’t let your humility turn into resentment.

6. No one is born with humility, it is a conditioned behavior

No one is born humble. Humility is a trait we are taught. It is how you are supposed to fit in and be normal. However if you are looking to succeed in life, you can’t just be normal. In any given 24 hour day, you will probably work 10-12 hours. Developing a sense of arrogance in your work is important, because what you do will take up half your time.

7. You may end up being labeled a follower

Too much humility may have you tagged as someone not ready to lead. Effective leaders don’t just have to make tough and unpopular decisions, they also have to be willing to take full responsibility for the consequences of those decisions. If you are too humble at your job, people may simply feel you are not ready for such pressures.

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8. Humility may affect your earning power

Negotiation is a skill set that leaves no room for humility. You know what your are worth and you are not afraid to ask for it. In my career, I have seen too many people accept lower wages out of humility. They are simply too scared or just too grateful to demand appropriate compensation for their arrogance. It is highly unlikely that you will get what you deserve if you show up armed with humility and too much confidence to a job interview.

The purpose of this article is not to downplay the importance of humility. In the right context, it can be a powerful tool. Like the ancient Chinese Yin –Yang philosophy, I believe the two can actually complement each other. You need a little humility in your arrogance, just like you may also need a little arrogance in your humility.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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