When a fellow thinks he is putting it over on the boss, the boss is not thinking of putting him over others to boss.
Financial rewards follow accomplishment, they don't precede it.
The thorough man of business knows that only by years of patient, unremitting attention to affairs can he earn his reward, which is the result, not of chance, but of well-devised means for the attainment to ends.
Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.
There are two ways of making yourself stand out from the crowd. One is by having a job so big you can go home before the bell rings if you want to. The other is by finding so much to do that you must stay after the others have gone. The one who enjoys the former once took advantage of the latter.
I've been promoted to middle management. I never thought I'd sink so low.
The man who works for the gold in the job rather than for the money in the pay envelope, is the fellow who gets on.
Business Clearly Explained
Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
No man's abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend, to recommend them to the notice of the world.
Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.