At work, we want to be acknowledged based on our skills and achievements. However, whether we like it or not, some people would rather judge us according to how we look. This may vary depending on your industry or your company, but generally speaking, appearance does matter.

There are a lot of benefits to looking good at work. For one, looking good makes you feel good. You feel confident all day meeting colleagues or clients knowing you look decent and well-kept. Good grooming also enhances your appeal. Believe it or not, people tend to gravitate towards those who look respectful and pleasant. You can easily charm or win people over with your polished look.

Nowadays, employers have the freedom to create the culture they desire at work. Some employers want to promote creativity and ease by allowing employees to wear jeans and shirts to work. Others want to set a more corporate tone by requiring everyone to wear tailored suits. Either way, good grooming is important whether you are dressed down or dolled up.

Personal grooming puts emphasis on proper hygiene or in cleaning and maintaining one’s body. A crisp suit is useless if you smell bad. How you present yourself to the world could make or break opportunities in your career, relationships, or even your social life.

So how can you look good and make everything else work in your favor? Here are some basic tips:

Hair. Our hair is the most noticeable thing that people see. We need to take good care of our crowning glory by washing it frequently with shampoo and conditioner. Regular haircuts are also recommended. Men should comb their hair well, and women should tie long hair to keep loose strands away from the face.

Skin. We need to keep our skin healthy through proper skin care. Facial washes and moisturizers keep our face clean, fresh, and free of pimples or blemishes. Women should not wear too much makeup at work. Men should shave or keep facial hair neatly trimmed. While tattoos or piercings are good for self-expression, not everybody is agreeable to them. It is best to keep them concealed unless you are in industries where creativity and free expression is encouraged.

Nails. Fingernails and toenails should be clean and trimmed. There is no room for dirty nails in professional workplaces, casual lunches, or classy dinner dates. Generally, men’s nails should be short and clean with no ragged edges. Women’s nails should be smooth and the length of nails should match. If wearing nail polish, it should be well-maintained or removed as soon as it chips.

Teeth. Clean teeth are healthy teeth. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. To keep your breath fresh, use mouthwash after brushing. Bad breath happens to everyone, so take extra care to eliminate it. There is nothing worse than having a conversation with someone who has foul-smelling breath.

Body. Body odor can also be a real problem with co-workers commuting to work or exercising in the middle of the day. If going for a jog or an exercise during lunch, employees should hit the showers and freshen up after. Removing shoes in the office could also result to foot odor offending colleagues, so be sensitive. A good deodorant, antiperspirant, and perfume are helpful, but do not overdo it. Strong scents or fragrance at work is not ideal, so tone it down.

Clothing. There is a rule of thumb to observe when it comes to the clothes we wear at work. If your job requires you to face clients every minute of every day, then it is best to dress conservatively. People working in industries like finance, law, accounting, and insurance should be business-like. Industries that are more relaxed like IT, real estate, travel and education can lean more on the business casual side. While professions in advertising, public relations, and entertainment can be trendy or fashion forward. Whatever style you are wearing, always wear clean clothes. Regularly washing clothes removes stains and eliminates odors. Wash clothes before pressing them. Wear jewelry that is appropriate for your job as well.

Good personal grooming and dressing well for work should always go hand in hand. It not only makes you look great, but also creates an aura of professionalism, confidence, and elegance to your look and attitude.

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This story is about a beautiful, expensively dressed lady who complained to her psychiatrist that she felt that her whole life was empty, it had no meaning. So, the lady went to visit a counselor to seek out happiness. The counselor called over the old lady who cleaned the office floors.0 The counselor then said to the rich lady “I’m going to ask Mary here to tell you how she found happiness. All I want you to do is listen to her.”
So the old lady put down her broom and sat on a chair and told her story: “Well, my husband died of malaria and three months later my only son was killed by a car. I had nobody… I had nothing left. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I never smiled at anyone, I even thought of taking my own life.
Then one evening a little kitten followed me home from work. Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. It was cold outside, so I decided to let the kitten in. I got it some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean. Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and for the first time in months, I smiled. Then I stopped to think, if helping a little kitten could make me smile, maybe doing something for people could make me happy. So the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbor who was sick in bed.
Every day I tried to do something nice for someone. It made me so happy to see them happy. Today, I don’t know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do. I’ve found happiness, by giving it to others.” When she heard that the rich lady cried. She had everything that money could buy, but she had lost the things which money cannot buy.
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He
argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best
option in life was to become a teacher?"

To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher,
Barbara. Be honest. What do you make?"

Barbara, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You
want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then began...)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
CAN'T make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make? (She paused again and looked at each and
every person at the table)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding ISN'T EVERYTHING.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in maths. They use their God given
brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to
know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given,
work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life (Barbara
paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money
isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention
because they are ignorant.

You want to know what I make?


What do you make Mr. CEO?

His jaw dropped, he went silent.


Even all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, SISTERS, COACHES, AND OTHERS.

A profound answer!!!

Disclaimer: Received from a forwarded email.

These thoughts are from my teacher Qasim Pasta he sahre this on his blog he asked a question "what

is success?" from his teacher Parkash Loahana, Mr. Parkash give him answer.

Success cannot be measured in terms of money, power prestige, influence, education or standing in society. For a man may have all of these but yet his life is full of misery, unhappiness, moral corruption, and ineffectiveness. Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness, the ability to be happy, and make others happy, the ability to be loved and to love, the ability to remain peaceful harmony with those around you, with your own self and with God's cosmic laws.

Success has three dimensions; the first is length, which is concerned with a man's material needs, his hopes and aspirations, his desires and dreams. The second dimension is breadth, for the truly successful man should go beyond himself and reach outward to others. Third dimension is height; he must go high and tap the hidden source of supply and wisdom which we call God.

Then, a personal living in a small cottage, don't have much wealth can be a successful person… but do we know any such successful person?

Every company has a performance appraisal system in place to measure the effectiveness of its employees. Employees are normally rated in most of the companies in the categories. Apart from them non performance category is also there, which is not depicted here ) . Needless to say everyone wants to be rated Outstanding.

What is the yard stick and how do you measure these aspects?
  • Employee "A" in a company walked up to his manager and asked what my job is for the day?
  • The manager took "A" to the bank of a river and asked him to cross the river and reach the other side of the bank.
  • "A" completed this task successfully and reported back to the manager about the completion of the task assigned. The manager smiled and said "GOOD JOB"
Next day Employee "B" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task as above to this person also.
  • The Employee "B' before starting the task saw Employee "C" struggling in the river to reach the other side of the bank. He realized "C" has the same task.
  • Now "B" not only crossed the river but also helped "C" to cross the river.
  • "B" reported back to the manager and the manager smiled and said "VERY GOOD JOB"
The following day Employee "Q" reported to the same manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.
  • Employee "Q" before starting the work did some home work and realized "A", "B" & "C" all has done this task before. He met them and understood how they performed.
  • He realized that there is a need for a guide and training for doing this task.
  • He sat first and wrote down the procedure for crossing the river, he documented the common mistakes people made, and tricks to do the task efficiently and effortlessly.
  • Using the methodology he had written down he crossed the river and reported back to the manager along with documented procedure and training material.
  • The manger said "Q" you have done an "EXCELLENT JOB".
The following day Employee "O' reported to the manager and asked him the job for the day. The manager assigned the same task again.
  • "O" studied the procedure written down by "Q" and sat and thought about the whole task.
  • He realized company is spending lot of money in getting this task completed. He decided not to cross the river, but sat and designed and implemented a bridge across the river and went back to his manager and said, "You no longer need to assign this task to any one".
  • The manager smiled and said "Outstanding job 'O'. I am very proud of you."
What is the difference between A, B, Q & O????????

Many a times in life we get tasks to be done at home, at office, at play.., Most of us end up doing what is expected out of us. Do we feel happy? Most probably yes. We would be often disappointed when the recognition is not meeting our expectation.

Let us compare ourselves with "B". Helping some one else the problem often improves our own skills. There is an old proverb (I do not know the author) "learn to teach and teach to learn". From a company point of view "B" has demonstrated much better skills than "A" since one more task for the company is completed.

"Q" created knowledge base for the team. More often than not, we do the task assigned to us without checking history. Learning from other's mistake is the best way to improve efficiency. This knowledge creation for the team is of immense help. Re-usability reduces cost there by increases productivity of the team. "Q" demonstrated good "team-player" skills.

Now to the outstanding person, "O" made the task irrelevant; he created a Permanent Asset to the team. If you notice B, Q and O all have demonstrated "team performance" over an above individual performance; also they have demonstrated a very invaluable characteristic known as "INITIATIVE".

Initiative pays of every where whether at work or at personal life. If you put initiative you will succeed. Initiative is a continual process and it never ends. This is because this year's achievement is next year's task. You cannot use the same success story every year. The story provides an instance of performance, where as measurement needs to be spread across at least 6-12 months. Consequently performance should be consistent and evenly spread. Out-of-Box thinkers are always premium and that is what every one constantly looks out for. Initiative, Out-of-Box thinking and commitment are the stepping stone to success. Initiative should be life long.

Think of out of the box.