“If you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Are you a moaner and groaner? Do you have one on your team?

Every company has its prima donnas. Are you that person for your team or company?

Do you constantly whine about your duties? Your long hours? Your poor salary?

I can guarantee you one thing. It doesn’t make you happier. It certainly won’t get you the opportunities, success, and rewards that you aspire to.

If you want to succeed in these challenging times, you must respect your company, boss, colleagues, and job.

Your number one goal in the workplace today is to be a TEAM PLAYER. If you want to succeed as a team player, then don’t ever say:

1. “That’s not my job”. These words are guaranteed to hold you back. If you don’t understand why you’ve been asked to do a specific task, carefully examine why your boss wants you to do it. The chances are likely that she or he has a good reason.

2. “It’s not my problem”. If your team or company faces a crisis, then this is not smart to say or even think. Ask, “how may I help?”. If you don’t have anything constructive to say, rather say nothing.

3. “It’s not my fault”. If there’s a problem, fix it. It doesn’t matter who’s to blame. Nothing displays a better team attitude than ferociously helping during a crisis.

4. “I am overqualified for this job”. Maybe you are, but the fact is that this is the job you have. You agreed to take it on. And while you may now regret that decision, it’s still your job and your source of income.

Complaining that you’re too good for it displays a poor attitude. Let your actions, not your gripes, show that you are ready for more challenging work.

5. “I can only do one thing at a time”. Sometimes, we can get overwhelmed, but you must learn how to multi-task. Admitting that you cannot handle pressure well will simply hinder your prospects. Flexibility is an outstanding quality that your boss is searching for.

6. “It can’t be done” or “That doesn’t work around here”. These are just self-fulfilling prophesies and proof that you lack confidence, initiative, and adaptability. Your job is to solve problems, not to whine about them. Take the challenge and search for ways to make it happen.

It’s easy to come up with excuses and rationalise why you are not moving up the ladder at work.

Three valuable rules of work are:

  1. Moaning is pointless. It is unproductive and achieves nothing.
  2. It is almost impossible to be successful or to get promoted if you don’t set big goals.
  3. When you walk through the office first thing in the morning, there should be a spring in your step.

Your crucial role at work is to ensure you fit into the team. We are all team players; we have to be.

If you want to be a superstar, start behaving like one.

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary