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Posted in Business on September 17, 2018

Likeability isn't everything. But it is something - and it's probably more than you think it is. Whatever you do for work, you should be measured most on your abilities, your work ethic, and your resourcefulness. But being likeable has its merits as well. Being a friendly person that people enjoy having around not only makes life better for everybody, but it makes you that much more valuable.

Take my barber, Steve, for example. He's an amazing barber with a breadth of knowledge and years of experience. But he's also very likeable. He remembers my name, talks to me about tennis, and even makes jokes every once in a while. I don't only like Steve as a barber, I like him as a person. There are probably 10 other barbers I could find in town that does a comparable job for a comparable price, but I'll always go to my barber.

It might be different for you or for where you work, but in my own business I try to be more likeable by:

  1. Having a good attitude
  2. Trying to get to know the people I'm working with
  3. Making people feel like I'm their peer
  4. Not being afraid to crack a joke
  5. Smiling a lot

If you were to compare two equally skilled people, and one of them was likeable, and the other was less likeable, you would certainly prefer working with the likeable person. Likeability is the icing on the cake that can separate you from the rest.

They say business is a social activity. So being likeable is just good business.

Aaron Lopez

Aaron Lopez

Founder & Lead Developer at Wolf X Machina

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