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If you have been doing the same thing over and over again, you are a member of “the normality group.” On the other hand, if you have been doing things differently, if you have been experimenting, testing, and implementing ideas, you are a member of “the abnormality group.”

Normality, for the purpose of this article, is doing the same thing for 100 years. It is getting stuck in a dead-end job. It is not doing what will help you to change your life. It is playing a safe game. It is not taking calculated risks. It is going with the flow. It is going with the crowd. Diane Grant famously said, “It’s better to work alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.”

Normality is normal, popular, regular, constant, no change, common. It is what everyone is doing. In a normality group, the tasks are normal, and the results are also normal. The tasks are not challenging enough to get you in the game. As a result, you walk away not learning anything. You will walk away not adding anything significant to your life.

Don’t get me wrong. It is okay to do the same thing for 100 years and get the same results. But it is not okay to do the same thing over and over and over again and expect a different result. That is the opposite of normality, which is abnormality. If you are stuck in a routine job, you know what to expect when you get to work. Albert Einstein said, “If you keep doing the same thing over and over and over again and you expect a different result, that is the beginning of insanity.” If you want a different result, you MUST do things differently. If you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same result- normal results. If you want to change your result, change your action.

To get a different result, try to do the “abnormal.” Don’t follow the crowd. If you follow the crowd, you will end up in an empty field- a place where nothing is growing. Try the abnormal (the unpopular) route and see what will happen. As Vincent Van Gogh said, “Normality is a paved road; it is comfortable to work, but no flower grow on it.” You can’t get extraordinary results by doing normal things. You get extraordinary results by doing extraordinary things.

Normality is a dream killer. You will start to attract great things into your life if you have the gut to reject normality. If you don’t have the gut to reject normality, don’t expect extraordinary things to happen to you. Because you can’t grow more than you know. You can’t earn more than you know.

The people you are secretly admiring have all rejected normality, and they have long embraced abnormality. So, if you want to change your life, if you want to change your situation, stop doing the ordinary things. Stop wasting your time doing the same old things over and over again. Nothing special is going to happen. You will get what you have been getting- normal results.

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How To Be Approachable At Work

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How approachable are you?

Being approachable is crucial to business success. If people see you as not approachable, they will find it difficult to talk to you about anything. That is dangerous to business success. If you want to be successful, whether you are a junior manager, director, or a seasoned executive, being approachable is vital to your growth.

“There are people who feel they should be with you, but something is preventing them from coming close. Please can you just lower the frequency of your stern looking face and smile… and they will make you their habit.”- Michael Bassey Johnson

Employees want to work with approachable manager. If you are approachable, your people will always come to you when they run into trouble- both at home and at work. This is good for your company’s culture.

A culture where the boss is approachable, people are free to discuss the most sensitive things with their colleagues. They will share the latest research or information with their colleagues.

Since being approachable is so crucial in today’s business world, here is how you can become more approachable:

Connect with your people. As a manager or a boss, one of your responsibilities is to be there for your people. If you are not approachable, you are not there for them, you are there for yourself. When you are approachable, your people will be free to discussion their issues with you. Connect with your people. Meet them where they are. Don’t wait for them to come to you. You go and meet them, and you bet, things will change.

Seek ideas from your people. When you include your people in your decision making, it shows that you respect their opinions. It shows that you respect them as human beings, not just employees. It tells your people that you are not an expert. It tells them that you are willing to learn from them, and that their ideas are welcome. Guess what will happen? Your people will deliver more than what you ask for.

Talk less. Listen more. When you listen to your people, your people will listen to you. When you talk more than you listen, you will miss everything that is happening in your organization. Listen to every employees in your organization- from your secretary to your C-suite executives. They have valuable information to deliver to you. But when you keep talking, they can’t help you. They will keep quiet. As result, valuable information will be gone. Talk less. Listen more.

Show interest in other people. Show interest in your people. Ask them, “What is going on with them?” Let them tell you what is going on in their lives. Don’t force them if they don’t want to. But assure them that whenever they are ready to discuss anything, they are free to do so. Make it a habit of reaching out to your people when things are not going well with them. They are your people, not just employees. Do for them; they will do for you.

Tell your people something interesting about yourself. When you tell your people something funny about yourself, you have sincerely invited them into your world. You are telling them to come to you when things are not going well. And they will come.

When people see you as approachable, they want to work with you. They want to be around you. Be approachable!

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