This week I learned a simple thing that I believe everyone can do to help improve their image. One of the projects that I am working on requires me to go through a coworker's notebook and record useful information. This week I was able to meet him in person, and I had the opportunity to ask him any questions I had on his notes. One of the things that came up in our talk, was how legible his handwriting was. He went on to tell me that he takes such pride in his writing because he always looked up to Arnold Palmer.
For those of you who are not familiar with Arnold Palmer, he was a professional golfer. Throughout his playing career, he won a total of 62 PGA Tour wins, which is fifth all time on the tour. What most people don't know is that he took great pride in his penmanship. He took the time to make sure that every single person who looked at his signature was able to read it and know it was Arnold Palmer. His desire to be perfect was visible in his handwriting just as much as his game.
What I took from this was how simple it is to write in a way that people could read. It doesn't take much effort to sit down and practice your handwriting. Most people just look to write as quickly as possible; my tip would be to slow down, and write the best that you can. For me, I am getting ready to find a full-time job after my internship. One never knows what will set them apart from the other people who are applying for the same position. It could simply be that I had very legible handwriting, and because of that, my writing stood out. The more you stand out, the more likely someone is to remember you.
My message to you is to take pride in your work no matter how small or large the task is at hand. You never know who is looking at your work or what criteria they are judging you. One simple thing you can change is the manner that you carry yourself. If you want to reach the highest level of success, then you should always practice at the highest level, even for things as small as your handwriting.