Foundation For Success, Brick #5: Reliable + Dependable
Are you reliable? Not many people are truly reliable. Like everything, practice makes perfect. So don't fret if you are not. There's still time. Once we are aware of a behavior we want to change or improve, that is the first step. The first step is to identify what behavior you want to change and then work to make it happen. You can shape your future, you can shape your behaviors. It's all up to you.
My daughter sure is reliable! Ask any of her friends, or her friend's, parents. This girl, my daughter, Bianca, is truly amazing and so admired; a good friend, reliable and a hard worker. She is reliable both in her personal and short, thus far, professional life. I suppose she may have learned something from her parents. She's also a risk taker, not something she learned from me. I have not, nor will I, jump out of an airplane, glide off a cliff, launch myself off of a small platform from the tallest bungee jump site in the world, nor scuba dive. But she sure has! Gosh only knows what is next. I admire her greatly.
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"a reliable friend"
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Would you ever disappoint your grandma?
I don't think so. So don't disappoint your friends, family or clients.
...being reliable is one of the best tools in your arsenal for success, both in your personal and professional life. Very few people are. If you are one who is, you are already winning!
On Day 1, my summer intern, Max Atchison has already proven to be reliable and dependable. Max doesn't ask why, or question me, or provide excuses, he just does it. ( I think he may have read a few of my #Foundation4Success Tips. ) Max replies with a simple, "Got It." No excuses. He allows me to do what I need to do, knowing that he is reliable and will get what I need done. (Of course there are no dumb questions, but sometimes people ask a question they already know the answer to.)
We all are busy but if someone asks for help, they most likely really need it. So don't disappoint them. It's difficult oftentimes for people to ask for help, so if they do, it's a kind gesture to assist. Last year, Alex Darwish, my first intern was extremely reliable and very dependable. We definitely have/had a symbiotic relationship. As noted in Brick #4, Pivot and Turn, Adjust... Alex did that seamlessly. Very quickly Alex came to read my mind and anticipate what I needed or remind me of what I told her but had pushed on to something else. I cannot highlight enough how these two young people have demonstrated one of my favorite qualities in a person, friend or acquaintance.
How difficult it is to be reliable and dependable? It is not. But it is your reputation. You are in charge of your destiny, your success, your reputation. I can't help but to help others. Perhaps it is why this quality is so important to me, as I can say with absolute certainty, I am reliable and dependable.
You are the secret to your success. Cultivating admired qualities will only help you towards achieving your own success. Each brick you place will only help to lay a strong foundation.
Although my dad and I don't always see eye to eye, he definitely one of the most trusted, dependable and reliable people I know.
As is my husband, Adam. He can be counted on by anyone who knows him. From his family and extended family and friends to his 90+ agents who he helps each and everyday. A rare quality. And tops on my list.
Reliability, Accountability, Dependability. Think about it.
One can talk about how great they are, how good a friend they are, but the proof is in one's actions. That is the true test. Actions speak louder then words, as the saying goes.
Dad, Bianca and I - Villa Igiea