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Why 7 out of 10 People Lose Their Jobs According to Research (Harvard Business Review)

For me, I think the subject of relationship should be stressed.

Why do I say so?

Because our success (or failure) in life depends on how well we can get along with others.

Here is what I have discovered about life “people can usually trace their successes and/or failures to relationships in their lives.”

It is unfortunate that we spend several years in our schooling system– from kindergarten to tertiary institution and no single subject or course is been taught on how to get along with people. In fact, we are even taught to compete with and correct people instead of cooperate and connect with them.

Too sad!

More than two thousand years ago, Paul of Tarsus wrote in one of his epistles to the people of Corinth “I have a serious concern to bring up with you, my friends, using the authority of Jesus, our master. I’ll put it as urgently as I can: you must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another and not to split or take sides but to be united in your understanding and purpose.”

Getting along with others has always been difficult for humans including believers.

According to research, 7 out of 10 people lose their job because of personality conflicts.

Few years ago, an article was published in Harvard business review that says:

“We spend ¾ of our working time dealing with people and ¼ of our time dealing with papers (documents).”

 In others words, our relational and connecting skills account for 85% of our success in any endeavor and 15% depends of our technical skills – how well we know our craft.

Below is the mathematically equation…

85% people knowledge + 15% product knowledge = Success

Put differently, no matter how talented, gifted, skilled and knowledgeable one is in any field of endeavor, lack of people skills will affect his/her success in life.

Getting along with people is a difficult task. It is something we must work hard at.

The success of any organization, family, relationship, community rest on the ability of her people to live and coexist in unity and harmony and this takes hard work.

Personally, it took me a couple of years after graduating from the university to understand the importance of getting along with others.

Outside the fact that I have the reserved personality, I didn’t see any reason why I should develop quality relationships. I thought the world revolved around me.  As a matter of fact, I used to champion the adage that says “Do it yourself…if you want to do it well. Don’t involve people.” I had little or no victory in the area of relationship while in the university because I wanted to do everything all by myself.

The battle of competition blinded my sight to the benefits of cooperation and in my attempt to win people over with my religious mindset; I ended up correcting rather than connect and identify with them which made it difficult for me to get along.

As I study success, I became more keen to understanding the mindset, thinking and characters of successful people in business, leadership and life in general that helps them cross over to leading the live of significance while unsuccessful people coast and immerse themselves in survival.

Here’s what I concluded: If there’s one habit successful people have and know how to live out with excellence, it is building quality relationships and getting along with others. I soon realized that life is about others not about me.

For you to succeed in any endeavor, you must learn how to get along with people.

Take this advice and thank me later. Good morning!

Stay excited about life: there’s hope for you


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