I honestly haven’t read any of the “How to be a success” career books (I tend to avoid business-type books) so I’m not entirely sure what advice people put in them.
In my book (still in editing) I simply put my real life experiences, and the lessons I learned from them, so people could put themselves in my shoes for a bit.
My reasoning is that if you have the all of the information that I did as I was making decisions, you can better understand how certain decisions were made that turned out to be successful.
It’s certainly not as simple as “you will be the CEO and everyone will like you if you just do these three easy steps,” but there are a lot more than three steps to CEO.
As for everyone being jerks and backstabbers, that’s not a truth. That’s a temporary perception drawn from frustration (and possibly anger.) I would look at what (or who) you are allowing to make you feel that way and choose to take your emotional power back.
It is very likely that they are not actively doing anything to you at all, and you are merely being affected by a behavior you do not value. Choose to live by what you do value instead.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Why-do-career-books-always-stress-being-friendly-and-honest-to-become-successful-when-so-many-people-at-the-top-are-jerks-and-backstabbers
Originally Posted On: 2016-01-31