What is the Secret to Greatness? (read it on Fortune.com)
Why Read It? A person's natural talent has nothing to do with being great...
- "Maybe we can't expect most people to achieve greatness. It's just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn't reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone."
- Greatness isn't ever simply handed out: It requires a lot of hard work. "It's nice to believe that if you find the field where you're naturally gifted, you'll be great from day one, but it doesn't happen."
- Consistency is crucial: Deliberate practice, activity that's explicitly intended to improve performance, will equal increased functioning. Done over time, it will equal greatness.
- Greatness in business: The same principles apply. Hard work and practice are key. When starting a project or any new task, go at it with this goal in mind: instead of merely trying to get things done, aim to get better. "Anything that anyone does at work, from the most basic task to the most exalted, is an improvable skill."
"There's no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice...You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years."
Turn Your Company Into a Great Place to Work (read it on lifehacker.com)
Why Read It? You likely spend at least 40 hours a week at the office. It should at least be an enriching experience.
" Being a great place to work goes deeper than high pay and great benefits: the work environment and attitude of the employees are important too.
The best companies appreciate their workers and offer them benefits and perks that make them feel valued. They also train managers to work efficiently, treat their employees like adults, trust them to get their work done, and judge them on their performance.
It all sounds logical, but if all companies were so above-board, everyone would love their jobs. Sadly, we know better. "
"There are some companies people would kill to work for, and you probably know already whether yours is one of them."
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