Throughout my career, I have always heard people claiming that they should have certain level of salaries or pay increments to justify the cost of living in Singapore. My stance has always been that we should first and foremost prove our values or worth to the organization in order to make that sort of demands to your employers. Simply telling your bosses that the inflation rate is much higher than your pay increment is not a valid reason for a higher pay check. Today, during lunchtime, my boss shared with me his insights on how to achieve career success.
Why do some people succeed in life?
Have you ever wondered why do some people able to climb up the corporate ladder faster than you despite them having much lower academic qualifications? Apparently, there is an unique trait that makes them stand out from the rest of the crowd and that is the ability to see challenges differently. Successful people would strive to prove their merits to their bosses before demanding his desired pay package. Most importantly, they view challenges as opportunities, rather than obstacles. This trait spurs them to achieve goals and drive them to work excellence. When faced with challenges or setbacks, instead of whining, they remain resilient and bounce back from failures.
Winners Vs Whiners
Successful people are considered “winners” in every organization because they are viewed as problem solvers, rainmakers or go-to guys. They make things happen and embrace failures as an inevitable process to improve themselves. Conversely, mediocre workers whine and complain whole day about their bosses and feel victimized over work issues. They also felt underpaid all the time and would only perform tasks which they felt they are employed to do. If you assign tasks beyond their so called designated work scope, they would reject them or show zero commitments to accomplish them. Instead of channeling their energy on solving problems for their bosses, they play office politics and try ways and means to divert the work. Thus, such people cannot be trusted to deliver on major projects. They are viewed as “whiners” and will not be promoted to carry heavy responsibilities in the organization.
Winning the Game
Do you want to be a winner or loser? Winning the office game requires you to view challenges positively and learn from failures. Sometimes, in order to achieve career success, you are required to change your game plans, change your perspectives and perform tasks beyond your designated work scope. The secret behind successful people is that they view challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles. They also view failures as part and parcel of growing and learning. So be flexible and stay resilient.
Money will come to you automatically once you have proven your value to the company.
SG Wealth Builder