Yeah, I know it’s not a very original title, I paraphrased it from a movie made in 1967, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying“. Never saw it either.
I did see an updated remake some twenty years later called “The Secret Of My Success” staring Michael J Fox.
It was hilarious. Young hotshot Brantley Foster, fresh out of business school, lands his dream job in NYC. He arrives for his first day to see the company closing it’s doors for good.
He hits the Want Ads and is told, “Great qualifications, kid, come back when you have some experience. Sound familiar?
With his seed money running low he does the unthinkable and asks his Uncle for a job. He’s in luck, Uncle Howard has an opening that is just perfect for a new ‘Up and Comer’ ,the Mail Room.
Making his mail rounds Brantley spies an empty office, slips a in few requisition forms for supplies and new executive Carlton Whitfield is born.
Pretty good, right? Just give yourself a promotion. Except he now has two jobs to do in the same time frame.
Craziness ensues, clothes changes in the elevator, trying to deliver mail without being seen by people that think he’s Whitfield, and to not be seen in a suit by his Mail Room boss.
In the end it all worked out, of course it did, it was a movie.
But was it easy? Heck NO. Brantley worked at break neck speed to get his mail rounds done in less than half the time allotted so he could work as an executive, the work he went to school to learn.
Brantley succeeded as Whitfield because he played to his strengths while doing the grunt work his other job required.
Play To Your Strengths
Are you playing to your strengths? Do you really know for sure what they are?
You probably know some of your strengths, most people do. But you may have hidden, undeveloped strengths that you aren’t even aware of.
Are you curious? I was.
I recently met a guy named Steve Little. Steve’s been an entrepreneur for nearly 40 years and teaching other entrepreneurs for the last 25 years.
Steve has a program called the Perfect Biz Finder, it starts with a short survey to find your strengths and follows up with a detailed report on how to best work with them.
The survey and report are free, go take it now to see if you have any hidden strengths you can capitalize on.