• It’s true, that if you think you can’t do it, then you can’t.
  • Attitude and motivation are more important than intelligence. There are many intelligent people with a high IQ, but a bad attitude and no motivation.  Dale Carnegie quoted someone saying that “you can play a better game of golf with one arm and a good attitude than two arms and a bad attitude.”
  • If you don’t know how to do something – find out! They fly people to the moon so there has to be someone out there who can help you or me find out what we don’t know.
  • Don’t ask your boss stupid questions – by stupid questions I mean things that you have been too lazy to find out for yourself. Asking your boss should be a last resort.  That is what you are employed for – to solve problems for someone else.
  • You can progress up the corporate ladder simply by being willing to learn other people’s job. There is always someone too lazy to do their work and who will gladly let you “help”.  Over a period of time, guess who is the more valuable employee?   Who gets promoted?
  • Use initiative and take responsibility. If you are a personal assistant then it is your job to “baby” your boss and take over all tasks that you are able to do.   You have to make their work easier, solve their problems, make them look good and don’t worry them about minute details that you can solve yourself.
  • Ever thought that it is unfair that your boss earns more money than you? Well unless we are talking nepotism or unfair recruitment processes, the chances are that your boss might have studied for years while the rest of us were “playing”; he/she expected more of themselves, shouldered responsibility and sacrificed finances and time in pursuit of attaining the educational requirements to have a job that is well paid.
  • Furthermore, if you are a permanent employee then one of the perks is that you are “guaranteed” a salary at the end of the month. Your boss is not always guaranteed a salary. When times are tough, business owners often forfeit a salary for themselves, but they have to pay their staff.
  • Ask your boss what sacrifices they made to start up their “business”!
  • Owning or running a business has great benefits and also great risks. When things go well the manager/owner deserves the rewards.   When times are tough, they have sleepless nights about how to pay your salary, how to keep the business afloat and make it profitable. They may have to retrench staff – no one likes that job!
  • Think it is unfair that “the boss” plays golf on Wednesday afternoons? Think again, how many times don’t managers/business owners work well into the evenings, early mornings, weekends, public holidays etc?  Salaried staff mostly work a “9-5” job and go home.   The business owner never “goes home” so to speak.
  • Ever think that your boss “has it all”, travelling to wonderful places frequently? Well, it is a reward for all their hard work and years of sacrifice and blood sweat and tears to get where they are.  Travelling frequently is also not always pure pleasure.  Many would gladly trade staying at home with their family, sleeping in their own bed rather than the long hours in a plane, unfamiliar cities, hiring cars and finding transport, adjusting to different time zones, negotiating relationships with people of a foreign language, culture, customs etc.  Not to mention a diet of fast/convenient food or rich food that plays havoc with a person’s gastric and digestive system.
  • Your boss is living the “high life” and you think this is really not fair. Well get used to it – that is why people shoulder more responsibility, require a higher standard from themselves and enter business in the first place.  The goal is to make “it big” and good for them if they make it!
  • The stakes are high in business – some business owners have risked everything and even bonded their homes and possessions in the quest to make the business successful. My brother has only in the last year started paying himself a salary, after about 6 years and slogging night and day, being bonded and in debt up to his ears, to make his business work. His wife worked around the clock to keep food on the table and pay everyday expenses while he risked his time and resources to make a business work – one that he believed in.  It has taken tenacity, perseverance, endurance, hope and driven by the knowledge that this would work, even when others doubted that it would.  So, if he plays golf, travels and seems to be “living a good life”, I say, go for it Howard, you more than deserve it…………..you risked everything and it has paid off!  I am proud of you boet!!
  • Never be rude to people in business – it is a small world and you never know when it will come back to haunt you. I was rude once in my life to a government official (at the time I felt more than justified) but I was never able to get business from the department….. ever….. in over 10 years.
  • Ever think your boss is “stupid” when it comes to office work and giving you what you need? Well, that is why you are employed!  Your boss excels in other talents and that is what brings the money into the business.  If you had those talents you would not be sitting where you are!  I worked for doctors for years and used to be amazed at how they seemed disorganised in an office environment………………… but I forgot how stupid I would look if I was in the operating room trying to do their job!!!
  • Make friends with Google – it knows everything! I have made money finding out how to do things from Google and then feeding the information to people who are too lazy to do their own finding out!