If you do a good job, and make good stuff, everything else will fall into place.
In many of our previous articles we’ve talked about different ways to become successful: from not being afraid of being a real human with your boss and the art of being present, to knowing the ins and outs of getting a drink with your co-workers.
But, although what I’m about to say may seem commonsensical, there’s a more important principle that comes before all the strategies aforementioned: hard, quality work. If you do a good job and make good stuff, everything else will follow because good results are always noticed.
Decision-makers, above all, notice results so your main objective, networking and being likeable aside, should be to get them.
“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin
In an interview with Pete Holmes, Aziz Ansari revealed that the key to his success was what we’ll call “the good work mantra” and which can be summed up like this: put cold calculation aside and lead with the work. I know over-laughing at a crappy joke your boss said may seem like a good idea but 1) they don’t like it and 2) that’s not why they hired you–they hired you to get results.
“My thing is, just do really good stuff and everything else will fall into place,” said Ansari, shutting down Holmes attempts to paint him as a cold and calculating guy. “How do I get more shows? By killing every night. That’s it.”
On a greater scale, getting results is also more beneficial for a company than being the perfect company. In a article for Forbes, Cliff Oxford breaks it down into ‘right companies’ and ‘results companies’:
Here is the problem – when they do make a mistake or choose the wrong product, they can’t back out of it because they have to be right. Welcome to Corporate Hell where who is right reins over who gets results … Nothing could be further from the truth in an entrepreneurial company where it is not about who is right, but about who gets results and who gets the work done. The CEO sets the stage on whether you have a “right” company or “results” company. If you want to grow and exit a successful company, be a results company.
A great example of the modern world’s enthusiasm for results happened last year, when one of Britain’s biggest recruiters, global accountancy firm EY, said that it will no longer consider degrees or A-level results to asses the potential of a candidate. By doing this they hoped to “open up opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their background and provide greater access to the profession,” as a managing partner put it.
Instead of all the decorum that used to rule the corporate world–a world in which you moved up the latter not necessarily by getting results but by playing your calculating, networking cards right–now companies want someone who can get it done.
So, when you go into work tomorrow, if you focus on the work and accomplish good things, I promise you great things will follow.
Now back to work.