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  • Fairy Tales and Workplace Success

    shutterstock_227444479Most of us read fairy tales during our childhood. Did you ever notice that fairy tales actually show us ways of being successful in difficult situations? Also, they teach us how we should think and behave in order to survive in any condition. Therefore, we should not underestimate the importance of fairy tales as adults and take lessons out of them. Below you can find some examples for these lessons.

    • Always Be Cautious: Let’s look at the Snow White and Red Riding Hood examples. The main lesson in both stories is that we should not always trust everyone and tell everything! You may have allies in the workplace but don’t forget that there may also be people who are smiling on your face and talking behind your back. You should always be cautious about what you tell to others especially, if you are gossiping about coworkers. Otherwise, one day someone can use these gossips against you.
    • Get out of Your Comfort Zone: Look at the story of the Little Mermaid. She is not like the other mermaids in the sea. She wants to get out of her comfort zone and try new things. She wants to be a human being so she does everything she can in order to reach her goal. If you always stay in your comfort zone and don’t push your limits, you cannot improve yourself. If you don’t improve yourself, you cannot move up! You always have to set yourself goals and do your best in order to reach them like the Little Mermaid.
    • Be Creative In Your Solutions: Another great fairy tale example is Rapunzel. Rapunzel shows us that every problem has a solution even if the problem seems impossible. The things you need to do to solve all of your problems are, to figure out what tools are available to you and to think outside the box to be more creative.
    • Have a Great Team: Well, the story of Smurfs is not a fairy tale but still it is pretty well-known around the world. If you look at Smurf village, you can see that everybody has different responsibilities according to their skills and Papa Smurf is their leader. What you can understand from this story is that if you want to be successful and be a great leader, you need to surround yourself with people who have the right skills for the right job. Without the perfect team, you cannot move up the career ladder.

    Ceren Cubukcu is a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States. She recently founded her consulting business to help more international students find jobs in the US in addition to her self-service digital event ticketing platform, Etkinlik Fabrikam (My Event Factory), to offer her webinars. You can follow her via Facebook or contact her via www.cerencubukcu.com/contact .

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