Performance in the corporate world doesn’t mean result or efficiency.
It usually means “Stage Performance“. It’s how well you’re acting according to the script.
I’m not saying people in the corporate world are bad or anything. It’s just one big stage performance.
And people dance through their roles and live their lives in the hall.
– Ray, GOODBYENINETOFIVE.COM
I started off like this. I’m sure there’ll be some people complaining as they are not able to take the truth.
If you’re one of those people, I invite you to leave. It would be better for you not to hear this at all.
In this article, I’m offering you my sincere views of the corporate world. No BS. No fake. No pretending and no sugar coating. Plus, a little bit of my personal bias and sarcasm. (Yes, I still have those qualities. I’m a human after all.)
A quick note: I’m only scratching the surface of the global-scale play called corporate world today.
4 Common Qualities of Highly Successful Individuals in The Corporate World
Get to know the right person is probably the most important aspect of your corporate life. The right person in this sense is those who’re influential to your promotion, your raise, and your bonus.
It can be, but not limited to, your direct boss. It can be, and is likely to be, the higher-up executives too.
Don’t be ashamed admitting that “know who” is important.
Aren’t you working for a company for paychecks? If that’s your aim, then you gotta do it right.
Facing the truth. It’s clear that you can’t please everyone. You only have two hands, two feet, and limited time of the day. You must prioritize.
If there’re 200 people in your company, you have to know 3-5 top influencers to your career success, build a relationship with them, and make sure they get what they want and beyond.
I’m sure you’ve seen it before. People who don’t reply your emails (sometimes, ignore your existence), but so fast at replying the bosses and pleasing them.
Get the right result to the right assignment from the right person.
This is important. The right assignment doesn’t have to always come from your direct boss. (Go back and read the above that we need to focus on the right, influential people who make or break our salary, bonus, and raise)
It can simply be a casual request from top executives that they wouldn’t think you would have caught it. And yet you delivered them the result they want.
Plus, you gotta be able to get the result even when it doesn’t make any sense to you, or you don’t really believe in it.
Be professional, yah? Just give them the result.
Reading the above lines, you might start to think that you won’t be able to keep up with all those things.
It’s true that keep working for every single request (casual or serious) really takes time. Those of you who are hardworking ants know this all too well.
I’ve never mentioned that you have to do it yourself. I was saying over and over that you gotta “get the result”. (Did you spot that?)
You always have choices. Get the result by doing it yourself, or get the result from others (peers?!!)
Yes, you heard that right. Get it from peers. And that’s usually the choice of the high (stage) performer. Get the result from peers, and quickly deliver it to the right person as if it’s all yours.
Sad but true, the end usually does justify the mean in the corporate world.
The boss doesn’t care where you get it, which is fair enough and understandable. The boss wouldn’t care how you get it delivered.
The boss only cares the fact that you can get them what they want. That’s that
Don’t tell me you’ve never seen these people who take credit for the work they didn’t do and get promoted so fast.
Develop A Thick Skin
Hell, yeah! You heard that right – “develop a thick skin”
The above tips are real and work like a charm.
But like every magical charm, it comes with a price to pay.
If you keep practicing the above exercise, you will find that you will have people who hate you (job wise. Nothing personal) more than those who like you.
Isn’t it clear? You ignore peers, suck ass, and take credits. You don’t expect people whom you’ve taken advantages to love you, right?
You gotta be able to live with that.
If you’re comfortable with that then, congrats. You can live a successful and happy corporate life (Note: I’m not saying this in any negative way at all. I totally understand that there’re people who only care about their close friends and family and don’t really care about others. I think nothing’s wrong with that. But you have to admit who you are and don’t pretend to be caring when you’re not.)
However, if you don’t like it, but you’ve no strength to leave the corporate world. You will have to find a way to be happy with it.
What’s the point of having this article?
First, I want you to accept the very truth of how the corporate world works.
Second, I want you to really think if you like it here in the corporate world.
and if you don’t like it (if not, hate it)
Third, I want you to stop complaining. Stop blaming the company or the corporate life that make you suffer or forces you to behave the way you don’t want to do just to survive the corporate world.
The corporate world is a big play. It’s a global scale stage performance. As long as you’re inside it, don’t be a whiner. Whining won’t get you anywhere.
No one is pointing a gun against your head and forces you to stay in the corporate world.
So, if you don’t like it, leave.
There’re so many opportunities out there in the world.
Don’t get stuck where it suffers you.
Make a happy decision. Decide to stay in a corporate world and be happy. Decide to leave and build your own business and be happy.
If you want to leave the corporate 9-5 life, but not sure what to do. I’d recommend you consider starting a legitimate online business. By far, I believe it’s one of the most rewarding businesses to have. And that’s what I did too.
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After 10+ years working in many companies, I’m sure I’m really bad at the corporate world. I can’t really get myself to accept the fact that I have to approach the right, influential people, put myself in the spotlight so they know what I did, and stay with colleagues who take credits.
All these make me feel I wanted to puke. That’s why I think I have to leave. (And I did! Yeah!) I get rid of the corporate world of my life and start my own journey.
Now, I’m running a profitable e-commerce website locally in Thailand and teaching people around the world how to say goodbye to the 9-5 and build their happy life around an online business.
I’m now based in Bangkok, Thailand and will be based in Hong Kong for the next two months after I published this article.