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How to improve your performance

You are paid for your performance.

You are not paid because you need the money; nor because you are a nice person. You are not paid for your efforts.
You are paid for your performance.

Generally; the top earners are the top performers.

For example; the gold medal winner earns the big money and the bronze medal winner does not. Yet the bronze medal winner trained all season long and worked hard.
Only to the victor, go the spoils.

So, the order for the work is placed with one supplier. I.e. not all the tenders win.
The job is given to one application. I.e. Not all the candidates are accepted.
There is only one gold medal for each race. Most don't get a medal.

Your future boils down to the question of the level of your performance.

If you improve your performance, then you improve your chances of survival and prosperity.
If you don't bother to try to improve your performance, you consign yourself to relative failure.

In your career and in your home life, you are judged on your performance.

How can you improve your performance?

If you want to improve your performance, here are the steps:

Commit to never ending improvement.
Gain knowledge.
Develop your skills.
Develop your ability to get on well with others.
Work on your ability to think logically.

Here are the notes on each one.

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1. Commit to never ending improvement

Remember that life is an on-going process; and that the struggle for survival begins every morning.

Never allow yourself to believe that you know it all and that you're as good as you need to be. Nobody has ever used up all of their human potential, you still have inside of you, huge volumes of untapped potential energy that is at your disposal. Your obligation is to actualise as much of your potential as you can before you have to leave.

That is a lifelong challenge.
Accept that challenge.

2. Gain knowledge

You were born tabula rasa; as a blank state.

Everything you know, you have had to learn. And everything you will need to know you will need to learn. And, as the world around you continues to evolve and develop, so you too, will need to evolve and develop: that means GAIN NEW KNOWLEDGE.
You need to study. Especially you need to study the technical aspects of your job.
If you want to earn more, you must first learn more.

Knowledge is earning power.

Nobody will pay you for your level of ignorance; they will pay you only for your level of education.
Become a self-educator. Read, memorise and apply new knowledge. Ensure that, as the weeks go by, you are getting smarter.

3. Gain skills

Knowledge is conceptual; it is in your head.

Skill is located in the body.
Skill is your ability to apply knowledge.
Skills are the practical application of knowledge; so as you gain knowledge you should practice your skills.

Practice, develop and perfect your skills. Your performance relies on your ability to do things skilfully.
An unskilled worker; one who performs tasks slowly or who makes too many errors, will never rise to the top of their field of endeavour.
A skilled worker; one who performs tasks quickly and with minimum errors, will soon raise to the top of their field of endeavour.
Practice, develop and perfect your skills.

4. Develop your ability to get on well with others

Presumably, you don't live on a desert island. You live and work in the company of others. And you rely on others to do things for you. You rely on others to give you the things you want.

  • You want people to give you an opportunity.
  • You want people to give you the job.
  • You want people to give you respect.

So, it would make sense to develop your skills, at gaining the cooperative assistance of others. And to do that, you should practice being a likable person.

You should studiously avoid any mistakes in communication that will cause people to act against you.


  • Don't criticise condemn and complain about others too much.
  • Don't shout or verbally assault anyone.
  • Instead, listen a little more and speak a little less.
  • Say kind and encouraging things to others.

Make others your friends and they will want to help you. Make others your enemies and they will want to hinder you.

If you want to get on, don't argue for entertainment.

If you want to get on, to the degree that you can, get on with others.

5. Learn to think logically

Every day, you are presented by the facts of reality; but to what degree are you able to infer true implications and the proper conclusions, from the facts?

Logic is the art of proper inference.

Logic is the means by which you can make correct inferences derived from the facts of reality.
If you cannot think logically, then you will make incorrect or wrong inferences.
If you cannot think logically, then you will be forced into the position of having to:

  1. Guess
  2. Hope
  3. Follow the crowd
  4. Follow the instructions of someone else who can think logically!

Please don't live your life by guessing, hoping, following the crowd or mindlessly obeying instructions given by others.

Learn to think logically and derive, for yourself, the proper conclusions from the facts.

Study logic.

More specifically:
Study formal Aristotelian, deductive, syllogistic logic.

And in addition....
Study john Stuart Mills laws of inductive logic.

Study the tenants of the scientific method.

You need to know the rules for:

  1. 1. Deductive logic.
  2. 2. Inductive logic.
  3. 3. Scientific method.

Then you can lead all the people around you who don't know how to think logically and are therefore guessing and hoping that things will turn out okay.

Never guess.
Instead: Think!

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