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TipsForSuccess: How to Be More Popular

 


How to Be More Popular: Interested vs. Interesting

Many people believe the route to success is to be interesting--to show off or act like someone else.

For example, many teenagers can't understand why they are unpopular. They learned as children that to get attention they should act up a little; to be cute or interesting. Yet later on as teenagers, they find acting interesting does not make them popular. To handle their unpopularity, they might despise people or become loners. Or they try harmful acts: smoking, drinking, shoplifting, drugs, sex, guns and so on.

Acting interesting can ruin your adult life as well. Show-off employees, self-centered managers and pompous business owners rarely succeed. Why not?

Because the secret to popularity is not to be interesting, but to be interested.

"When a person becomes terribly interesting he has lots of problems, believe me. That is the chasm which is crossed by all of your celebrities, anybody who is foolish enough to become famous. He crosses over from being interested in life to being interesting. And people who are interesting are really no longer interested in life. It's very baffling to some young fellow why he can't make some beautiful girl interested in him. Well, she is not interested, she is interesting." -- L. Ron Hubbard

If you are an actor on stage, you are interesting while acting. Seminar speakers are interesting. Comedians, models and magicians are interesting. Being interesting is part of these jobs.

Yet in real life, on a one-on-one basis, interesting people are irritating. They only do things to get your attention and admiration. They believe they are on a stage performing for an audience of one.

If you want people to cooperate with you, to like you or to open up to you, you must be interested.

Instead of focusing on yourself, focus on others. Notice what makes them happy or unhappy. Your attention will shift from you to them.

When your thoughts are more on others than on yourself, you feel less stress. You act and respond with more intelligence. Your activity level increases and you have more fun.

When you are interested, people love your interest in them. They want to be around you. You are more popular.

Five Ways to Be More Interested

1. Shift your attention from yourself onto other people or objects. Take a good look at the people in the world around you. This is also a great stress reliever.

2. Find things about people that interest you. "What is interesting about Joe? What else is interesting about Joe?" Make a habit of getting interested in each person you see.

3. If you catch yourself acting like someone else, you are being interesting. Simply get interested in the person in front of you and you'll feel more natural. You are most effective when you are simply being yourself.

4. When people make you nervous or shy, get interested in them. Take your attention off of yourself and put it on to them. With practice, this will make you calm, even bold.

5. Focus on how you can help others. Let your interest in helping people replace your tendency to act interesting. Your effectiveness and popularity will soar.


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TipsForSuccess: "It's Not My Job!"


"It's Not My Job!"

According to an Inc. magazine survey, most executives hate hearing this statement: "It's not my job."

The same survey found most employees hate it when they are pulled off to do someone else's job.

For example, the employees of a famous restaurant in Los Angeles are members of a labor union. They dislike doing other people's work so much that their union contract covers this point. "We will not do anyone else's job."

So if someone drops food or dishes on the floor, the food servers, busboys and cooks may not clean up the mess. The restaurant manager must either clean the mess or call in a janitor.

The owner said, "I was eating with a group of friends to celebrate my wife's birthday when a waiter dropped a bottle of wine. He just looked at the mess and walked away. No one would clean it up because of the union contract. So I got up from my meal, grabbed a mop and cleaned up the wine while the restaurant employees, and my friends, all watched."

Another restaurant has the opposite problem. You walk in and see a full restaurant, but no workers. Everyone is off doing something else. The chef comes out of the bathroom, notices you standing there and yells at a busboy to help you. The busboy wipes his hands, grabs two menus and takes you to a messy table. The hostess runs over and helps the busboy clean up while you watch. Your waitress runs by to answer the telephone. Everyone is doing all the jobs.

So which approach is best? "No one may do other people's jobs" or "Everyone should do all the jobs."

If you think neither approach is correct, you are right!

The best way to work this out is with one of two solutions.

First Solution

"Anything in an organization is your job if it lessens the confusion if you do it." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, you work in a doctor's office as a file clerk. You notice the receptionist is scheduling two patients while the telephone is ringing, and three kids are on the floor hitting each other. Would you lessen the confusion by helping? Or would your assistance just increase the confusion?

In this case, it would reduce confusion if you stepped in and helped. Even though you are the file clerk, it IS your job to assist. You get the kids to quiet down and then answer the telephone. The patients schedule their appointments and the receptionist thanks you.

Another example: You work at a newspaper selling ad space. Someone bursts into your office and says, "Three FBI agents are here and they want all our files! What should we do?"

Do you get the files? Call an attorney? Have a discussion with the FBI agents?

Because you have nothing to do with the legal branch of the newspaper, it is NOT your job. Taking action would ADD confusion. You wisely say, "Go tell the boss" and you go back to work.

If your boss asks you to help reduce confusion, it IS your job to help. "Linda! Get the fire extinquisher!"

What should staff members do if ordered to do something that would ADD confusion? For example, a restaurant manager asks the chef, "Please stroll around the tables and chat with customers. They'll love it!"

Yet chatting, instead of cooking, would cause confusion, especially in a busy restaurant. The chef knows his job is to lessen, not cause confusion, so he refuses. How can he cook meals if he is strolling around the restaurant?

So what should an employee say to a boss who gives an improper job assignment?

Second Solution

"If an executive asks you to do somebody else's job -- don't. Say, instead, `Am I transferred?'" -- L. Ron Hubbard

So when the restaurant manager asks the chef to stroll around and chat with customers, the chef says, "Am I transferred? Am I now the host?" The restaurant manager, seeing his mistake, says, "No, sorry. You're the chef. Go back to work."

You get your boss to look at the big picture so he or she makes the best decision.

As another example, you are hired to set up computers for an insurance company. You are working under a desk when your boss comes over and says, "When you are done there, please fix the front door." You say, "Am I transferred to building maintenance? I'll be happy to fix doors instead of setting up computers, if you like, but I have ten more to set up today." The boss realizes the computers are more important and says, "Forget the front door."

On the other hand, the boss may wish to transfer you to building maintenance. "Yes, you are transferred." You can then say, "No problem" or "I'll do the maintenance job, but I want a raise."

Summary

You can solve every question about "Whose job is this?" with the first or second solution above.

Whenever you wonder if you should do a job, ask, "Will it reduce confusion if I do it?" or "Am I being transferred to a different job?"

If you are a boss, ask the same questions. "Will it reduce confusion if I get this person to do it?" or "Do I want to transfer this person?"

Your answers will give you the correct decision.


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Are You Controlling Money or Is Money Controlling You?

Even if you do not make much money, you can and should be in full control of your money.

10 Signs Money Is Controlling You

  • You constantly worry about paying your bills
  • You often wish you could buy more things
  • Your only goal in life is to get rich, but you have no realistic plan
  • You spend money to feel better
  • You blame others for your financial problems (government, boss, spouse)
  • You judge people based on the amount of money they own
  • You lie, cheat or steal to get money; even a little lying or cheating shows money is controlling you
  • You take unnecessary financial risks
  • You use credit to buy things that decrease in value, such as expensive cars or expensive clothing
  • Money controls your mood-you feel good or bad based on your finances

    10 Signs You Are Controlling Money
     
  • You decide to buy something, save the money, and get what you want
  • You buy things that increase in value
  • You invest in yourself, such as more education or personal improvement
  • You donate to causes you believe in, even if just small amounts
  • You keep your financial agreements
  • You have good credit
  • You pay your taxes
  • Cheating you out of your money is very difficult
  • Each year, your earning power improves and financial worth increases
  • You use money as a tool to follow your dreams and reach your goals

    Five Ways to Control Money

    1. Spend your money according to a plan.

    "THE LESS AMOUNT OF INCOME AN ORGANIZATION OR AN INDIVIDUAL HAS, THE MORE CAREFULLY AND WISELY FINANCIAL PLANNING MUST BE DONE." -- L. Ron Hubbard

    If you spend money as you get it, or to pay off squeaky wheels, you have no plan. You spend a few bucks here and a few bucks there until your money is gone. Instead, take control and write a financial spending plan. Decide in advance how you will spend your money.

    When you plan your spending, you make wiser decisions. Examples: "If I buy these extra classes, I'll get a raise." "I want a new car and will set aside $60 per week until I have the full amount." "If I pay off this credit card with the minimum payments, it'll take me 23 YEARS to pay it off! I'd better pay $100 extra each month and cut the stupid thing in half!"

    2. Never spend more than you make.

    "Make all the money you can. Spend less than that. That's the simple ABC of financial control." -- L. Ron Hubbard

    When planning your spending, ensure you follow the above rule. For example, "Each week I will set aside $______ for the house, 10% to education, 5% to savings, pay current bills and buy food. Anything left can be spent on fun things like movies and vacations."

    3. Stop wasting your time trying to get money without earning it.

    "One has to produce something to exchange for money." "One exchanges something valuable for something valuable." -- L. Ron Hubbard

    Do not gamble, play the lottery or try to cheat others. Do not wait for your fortune to arrive or expect someone to hand you money. Count only on yourself.

    Get rich the old reliable way. Create something valuable and exchange it for the money you want. You deserve it, because you earn it.

    4. Increase your productivity and improve the quality of your work.

    "Produce in abundance and try to give better-than-expected quality." -- L. Ron Hubbard

    For example, if you give haircuts for a living, find ways to make your customers' hair look more beautiful. If you fix furnaces and usually fix two per day, figure out how to fix three furnaces per day . . . and then train and manage other furnace-repair people.

    5. Make constant, steady progress.

    "THE TOTALITY* OF POWER IS ORDERLY PROGRESS." -- L. Ron Hubbard *(Totality: quality or state of being total or complete.)

    Keep track of your financial progress. For example, make a graph showing your total debts and total savings. Then make sure your savings go up every month and your debts go down every month, even if just a little bit.

    When you know you are steadily improving your financial condition, you are controlling it.

    Once you are in control of money, you can focus on your more important purposes.
     

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