Why do Virgo types often end up at the top of their profession? How exactly do they succeed so wildly while operating behind the scenes and fending off showy praises? And exactly why should you be afraid of that unassuming worker in the corner who actually is going places—and how can you be more like him? This article explains the reasons why Virgos succeed, and how you can do it too. By the way, there’s a lie in the title of this article. By the end of the article it should be clear which part it is.
Virgo Success Secret #1: Be meticulous. Virgo’s obsession with perfection is an asset at work. The tendency to groom, sculpt or craft something until it’s perfect may be Virgo’s greatest strength. God is in the details, as Virgo is well aware and when a Virgo focuses on the very small aspects of a project, she is showing love for it. When you put that kind of love into your work, others can’t help but notice.
Virgo Success Secret #2: Don’t care about the credit. Virgo knows that their own egotistic gratification is never as important as performing the task that actually needs to be done. All that Leo flash and glitz is so last-sign. Virgos focus on doing the task, and doing it well, rather than showing off their prowess. Virgo values competency over complacency and avoids looking desperate for praise.
Virgo Success Secret #3: Serve the actual need. Smart Virgos serve the need at hand and particularly smart Virgos watch the person they are attempting to serve for even the smallest sign of what they need next, so that the Virgo can fulfill it immediately. A Virgo doesn’t mind being a cog in the machine—in fact, a Virgo takes pride in service well done. For some useful philosophy on service (both the plusses and the minuses), see the films Gosford Park or Remains of the Day.
Virgo Success Secret #4: Habit is your friend. Clever Virgos know that habit is like a software program—once you install it, it goes on working for you and you can stop thinking about it. Figure out which habits will forward your success the best, then put them into place and simply “run program.” This handles the form of your work, the structure. Then you can turn your attention back to the content, or details, of it.
Virgo Success Secret #5: Be whole. When you are whole, you bring all of yourself to your work. You have good boundaries and can make an accurate assessment of what you can do and what is impossible for you to do. You make clean contracts. You don’t complain about what isn’t doable, but go about the business of doing what is. You are neat, tidy and collected, a self-contained human being. That’s Virgo.
And there you have them—the reasons why Virgos are going places. The lie is that these “secrets” are secret. There’s nothing secret about them. In fact, they are so obvious as to often go unnoticed. The old saying “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” was probably coined by a Virgo type.
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