So how does one earn more? Many people will argue that there is no universal way for people to earn more money, and theyʼre right: some people are born entrepreneurs, others function much better in an office environment. Some people are endlessly creative, others are masters at completing long lists of tasks.
Once you dig past that, though, there are some common things that anyone can do, regardless of their financial state, to earn more money.
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The best way to get started is found in your own workplace.
Go to work well-rested and presentable. Never show up to work looking like you just rolled out of bed. Take a shower, wear clean clothes, use deodorant, brush your teeth, and do your best to look presentable. Also, get a good night of sleep before work so that you can be as mentally and physically fresh as possible. Every interaction you have in the workplace will reflect either positively or negatively upon you, and you can very easily increase the positive-ness of those interactions by just taking a half an hour to make yourself presentable.
Minimize negative comments. Every work environment provides ample opportunities for negativity, whether itʼs just workplace gossip or your manager is asking questions. While it might feel good to participate in the negativity of gossip, donʼt (feel free to listen, but donʼt jump in with the negativity). Even when supervisors are seeking comments on other workers, hold back on the negativity and look for what positives you can find. Negativity in the workplace drags everyone down and positivity lifts everyone, so stick with the positive.
Donʼt “backstab” anyone. Along those same lines, youʼll have many opportunities to “sell out” others in the workplace. Avoid it at all costs. If you have an opportunity to discuss other workers or particular situations, you might perceive that piling on those workers or those situations will benefit you – rarely is that actually true. Instead, look for the positives you can outline about anyone or anything.
If you have downtime, find something useful to do. Many workplaces have times where there is simply downtime – youʼre waiting on new customers, youʼve finished your current project, and so on. That downtime is key in separating the people who get ahead from the people who get left behind. Find things to do with that time thatʼs useful.
Clean up your workspace. Clean up the store. Work on a low-priority project. Improve your skills. There are always things that can be done – donʼt just sit or stand around to be told what to do.
Do every task youʼre given as well as you can. When youʼre given a minor, menial task, itʼs often very tempting to do it with minimal effort just to get it done. Youʼre supposed to sweep the floor, so you do it mindlessly and do a mediocre job. Youʼre given something to type up, but you donʼt bother to check it for typos. Youʼre given a mundane system administration task, so you overlook a basic step. Instead of falling into that trap, try to give your complete focus to the task at hand and do it as best you can.
Learn from (and emulate) the people who do their job well. In most workplaces, itʼs easy to identify the top workers. Theyʼre the ones that managers defer to and ask for advice. Theyʼre the ones who always seem to come through with the things that need to be done. As a result, they have job stability, plenty of options, and likely a very solid salary. Learn from these people. Ask them plenty of questions about how they get things done. Watch what they do, particularly with their downtime. In some situations, it might even be appropriate to ask them to be your mentor.
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This is part of a series of posts begun July 15, 2015.
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Daniel R. Murphy
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