Suit Yourself Essays
My Suit Yourself essays (listed in the column to your right) offer strategic and tactical advice on how to adjust your perspective, see and think more clearly, get inspired and, in turn, inspire others. Taken together, the essays comprise a practical handbook for how to suit yourself and become a success in the only way that matters: the way that satisfies you.
The business world is far more complex and soul-draining than it needs to be. Employee misery and corporate inefficiency are as prevalent as ever, despite years of focus on improvement strategies.
Why haven't things improved? I believe – and I was able to build a very successful legal and business career based on my belief – that we must do a better job of suiting ourselves. We must develop self-awareness, articulate our priorities, stop mistaking outcomes for goals, and focus our time and energy on what matters most.
There are 8 rules for prioritizing personal satisfaction and becoming a star:
- Suit yourself
- Focus on what matters most
- Let goals, not outcomes, be your guide
- Be a high impact performer
- Match your behavior to what you want to achieve
- Choose trust - give it and deserve it
- Understand that change is opportunity, not just peril
- Always ask Whose rules are these?
The prevailing focus in the business world on activity rather than strategy and the confusion of outcomes for goals leads to uninspired people, gross inefficiency, frustrated would-be leaders and financial disasters (not to mention fraud). In contrast, putting on the right glasses, then being honest about what you see through them and acting on it, leads to inspired people afire with creativity who produce great financial results and develop compelling leadership skills. Breaking out of the rut of traditional thinking about career success spurs productivity and career satisfaction for employers and employees at every level.
It’s very easy to get caught up in an endless circle of "This must be great since it’s everything I’ve worked for, so I better work to get more of it even though it doesn’t feel great at all." All sorts of universal "truths" are not true at all if you think hard and clearly about them. Believing palatable lies rather than unappealing truths is a dangerous game that can’t be confined to our work lives no matter how hard we try. Recognizing and admitting this is a huge relief, and will set you on a more satisfactory and productive road.
You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Life tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.
--Richard DeVos, founder of Amway