If you do these two things, you are much more likely to succeed as a person, as an employee, or entrepreneur. First, whether you are a business owner or an employee, always demand outstanding work from yourself. Do every job right.
The next thing is joined to the first like a Siamese twin: Be honest. If you take money from a client and sell a product or service, do everything you were paid to do, and do it to the best of your ability. — And if you are an employee, do all that you are paid to do, as well as you can. This is being honest: acting with integrity and being trustworthy and reliable. Let your “Yes” mean “Yes,” and nothing less than that.
If you practice these two things in your life, then you set yourself apart from the vast majority of people on this planet that do not. You become a rare commodity: special. That makes you sought after and valuable.
Anyone can cheat and deceive by selling cheap, over-priced goods; doing less work than agreed, or making false claims. – These are most of your competitors, whether you are seeking advancement within a company, or building a business. They are focused on themselves, which only goes as far as the tip of their nose. They have personal needs and expenses, but are only willing to do as little as possible to earn the money to pay for them. – Unfortunately, this defines most businesses and their employees. They have big dreams but not the character needed to achieve them.
Instead, focus on your employer’s or client’s needs. That is how to provide for your own. Clients want to get what they pay for at a fair price, so do employers. Your success is dependent on making them very satisfied with yourself, your product or service.
We all want to work for a trustworthy employer, hire reliable people, and buy from an honest business person. We seek for people we can trust, people with integrity. Become that person and you will go far.
These are the foundations of success in every endeavor.