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Success is often associated with hard work and determination. However, many people forget that kindness also plays a crucial role in achieving success. Working hard and being kind may seem like two unrelated concepts, but they are actually complementary and can lead to transformational growth in your personal and professional life.
Research has shown that people who exhibit kindness and compassion are more likely to achieve success in their careers. I recently learned more about this from a study by the Harvard Business School called “The Value of Corporate Culture”, which was published in the Journal of Financial Economics in 2014. In it was stated that employees who feel valued and respected by their colleagues and superiors are more productive, engaged and loyal to their organizations. And further, companies that prioritize kindness and empathy in their workplace culture tend to have higher levels of employee retention, customer satisfaction and profitability.
On the other hand, working hard without compassion or empathy can lead to burnout, stress and even unethical behavior. In a competitive and cutthroat environment, people may resort to sabotaging others to get ahead. This can ultimately harm their long-term success.
So, how can you cultivate both hard work and kindness in your life? Here are some tips:
Working hard and being kind are not mutually exclusive concepts, but rather two sides of the same coin. By combining hard work with empathy, compassion and kindness, you can achieve transformational growth in your personal and professional life.
So, keep focusing, being kind and striving towards your goals.