Today is the first Tuesday in November…election day somewhere.
Have you ever wondered why so many people in politics never seem to actually solve problems and do what is right? The explanation is actually rather simple:
Many politicians exhibit those traits that are characteristic of unsuccessful people.
In what world of relationships, work, church, community or business would a person succeed by taking credit for good things, blaming others for bad things, doing only what makes them popular, telling people only what they want to hear, ignoring tough issues, making expedient selfish decisions, avoiding making the hard decisions and living every day criticizing and carrying grudges towards anyone with whom they disagree?
Honestly, if you knew a person like that at church or at the Starbucks, you would not choose to be close to them. A CEO like that is not a CEO very long. A pastor like that would not accomplish much. A friend like that would not be a good friend. But politicians like that get re-elected and keep their jobs.
Mary Ellen Tribby, founder and CEO at WorkingMomsOnly.com compiled a very interesting list of traits that are characteristic of successful and unsuccessful people.
Have a sense of gratitude
Accept responsibility for their failures
Keep a journal
Talk about ideas
Want others to succeed
Share information and data
Keep a “to-be” list
Keep a “to-do/project” list
Set goals and develop life plans
Give other people credit for their victories
Operate from a transformational perspective
Have a sense of entitlement
Hold a grudge
Blame others for their failures
Watch TV everyday
Say they keep a journal but don’t
Talk about people
Secretly hope others fail
Horde information and data
Don’t know what they want to be
Fly by their seat of their pants
Never set goals
Take all the credit of their victories
Operate from a transactional perspective
Re-read the above material and insert “author” in the place of “politician”. The publishing business is one of many businesses where interpersonal skills are the most useful. Call it a “people-business”.
You don’t need to be perfect. But if you decide to exude joy, give the publisher credit for what they do, embrace change, have a sense of gratitude and forgiveness and even hope that other authors succeed, you might not sell more books, but your blood pressure will be lower, you will have more friends and maybe, just maybe, you’ll actually enjoy this nutty industry.
I know I started with politics, but what does this post spark in you today OTHER than politics?