The ‘tiara effect’ trap - Deepstash

The ‘tiara effect’ trap

Hard work is still very important, but simply waiting for someone to pick up on it is detrimental. 

The tiara effect is the tendency people that work hard have to hope that the right people notice and come along and place a tiara on their heads. But that usually doesn’t happen.

One of the things that can happen to people who do good work and nothing else is that they’re under the radar. If you don’t draw attention to yourself in other ways, it’s easy to fade into the background.

67 STASHED

16 LIKES

MORE IDEAS FROM THEARTICLE

Working hard is not enough
  • Despite adages and advice that tell people from a young age hard work will get you everywhere, it really won’t. Hard work is a good start and early in your career, it can certainly help you establish yourself in a job. But it’s not enough to take you all the way to the top.
  • At a certain point you look around and realize, wow, everyone works hard at this level. Expertise and hard work just become the expectation, and will not help you up the ladder.
  • More often than not, those who rise are the ones willing to politick their way to the top, while you were too busy just working hard to notice you should be working the room.

67 STASHED

19 LIKES

Basically, to climb the ladder, it’s necessary to be not just a great worker, but a bit of a politician.

When you evaluate work, the research is quite clear – people who are liked get better ratings, even if their work is the same. And therein lies the unfair truth: you and a colleague may have the exact same skills and work ethic, but if they’ve spent more time making friends and influencing people, they’ll look better at their job.

67 STASHED

18 LIKES

Deepstash helps you become inspired, wiser and productive, through bite-sized ideas from the best articles, books and videos out there.

GET THE APP:

RELATED IDEAS

You Are Your Job

Life has shaped us to do our jobs in a weird, almost comical way.

We are entangled to our jobs, and keep doing it way after our office hours, not because we are scared to lose our job, but because we are so identified with it, and so engulfed in our work that it has become our identity, our purpose and the only ‘happening’ part of our lives.

301 STASHED

4 LIKES

You Are Good Enough

Perhaps you were not at the top of the class, not the employee of the month, nor are you the "10" you think your partner wants. But you're probably pretty spectacular in some way, and definitely good enough in most areas of life. If ever there were a time to stop beating yourself up for being human, it is now.  

30 STASHED

7 LIKES

The Motivation Behind Extreme Sports

One of the most powerful motivators is the satisfaction that comes from succeeding at a hard sport and from the grinding it requires. Although some are looking just for the “high” extreme sports bring, some report it helps them feel closer to nature, more self-aware, at peace and even transcendent.

36 STASHED