There is one thing that you must absolutely master on a daily basis in every workplace. It doesn't matter where you work or what level you're at, you could be starting tomorrow in the mailroom or be the CEO.
Excel at this one thing, and you will become indespensable, you will be noticed, you will move up, you will get a raise, you will get offered a promotion.
What is it?
Be a problem solver.
That's it, it's that simple. It doesn't matter what kind of career or industry you are in. This is what you do on a daily basis. You solve problems.
Sometimes you do it alone, sometimes you do it in a team, but everybody at your company is doing it. Your CEO does it, only he or she solves bigger problems than you do. If you can't solve a problem, then somebody else will have to do it for you...or you will have to learn.
Why do you ask for a manager when you're on the phone with a customer service rep for your cell-phone company and they can't give you any answers? because you need an answer to your problem.
Keep this in mind the next time you are looking for a job, or at work tomorrow, or in the next meeting with your best client.
Sales people do this every day, production people do this every day, cleaning staff do this every day.
Work and life is about solving problems.
What do you think?
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