What do Jon & Kate teach us about success?

With the media storm surrounding this poor couple, I’m repeatedly reminded of a principle rule of success, in both personal and business applications.

It is far more important to be well liked than to be capable.  Let’s review the details…

Jon was found with another woman.  Jon has moved more than 100 miles from his 8 children.  It’s not hard to find Jon publicly displaying affection for the other woman…granted he does have a convoy around him with cameras.

However, Jon appears to remain the victim in the public eye.  Why?

The court of public opinion has not typically ruled in Kate’s favor.  Kate is perceived as uptight, mean, critical, bossy, etc.  I’d challenge anyone to raise 8 kids and stay chipper and relaxed all day.  C’mon, she does somehow manage to keep them in 8 darling coordinated outfits, something I find a little amazing.  She also gets creative with low cost, low tech childhood diversions, something I highly respect.  Pudding body painting…clever.

But viewers tend to focus on her tense nature and notice every crooked glance she makes at her husband and they have labelled her a Cruella.  And the punishment for this behavior seems to have outweighed adultery.  Wow.

People skills rule in the workplace and in life.  If you are well liked, many more doors will open to you.  Some of the most capable and smart people never realize their potential because they focus more on being right than being liked.

Smile, be connectable, embrace your mistakes…they are teaching moments.

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About Melanie M. Morris
Broker of Trust and Authenticity I'm really a sales executive, but I'd rather identify with these ideals rather than to simply say...I'm a seller.

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