The biggest myths of business success

The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are exceptions to the rules. Very rich, very talented exceptions who can ignore dress codes.

For my latest book, “Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success,” I went in search of the top myths that you need to debunk today to ensure a successful career in a market where so many are unemployed, underemployed or unhappy at work. Here are a few I uncovered:

Overnight success is possible. Most people persevere for a long time and experience several setbacks before achieving an objective definition of success. You’ll be best served if you are able to move your dream forward a little bit at a time and can cope when things temporarily go south.

Controversy will propel your career. Being controversial usually generates attention for a little while, but people will probably not trust you in the long-term. Instead, work to incorporate the tried-and-true values of honesty and authenticity into your daily work life.

Employers want you to be yourself.
While employers value the unique set of skills and experiences you bring to the table, they expect you to toe the line with respect to company rules and conduct. The most effective employees are those who are able to assimilate.

Being good at your job trumps everything. You can be the most talented employee your company has ever hired, but if your contributions aren’t visible and people don’t value what you do, it simply won’t matter. So instead of slaving over your job, spend a little more time devising ways to promote the great work you’re doing.

- Alexandra Levit is the author of “Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe in Your New Path to Success.”
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