Cult author (and cutie) Neil Gaiman has three tips for success:
- Do good work.
- Be on time.
- Be available and easy to work with.
Now the good news is, according to Gaiman, you don’t have to be all three. If you can manage two of those things at any one task, you increase your chances of succeeding.
We’d probably all agree that doing good work is essential to the process,. But doing good work is not enough. You can be the smartest person in the room, but if you have a reputation for not getting things done on time, then the boss is going to turn to the second smartest person if that person is dependable.
Gaiman’s tips remind us that soft skills are important. If you’re easy to get along with, people are going to want to work with you. If you’re known to meet deadlines, then a stressed boss knows that you’re not going to add to his/her stress.
So, sure do good work. But also be agreeable and show up on time. And if that’s really hard for you, then be agreeable OR show up on time.