Success in the workplace is what we all want to achieve, but getting there requires stamina, strength, and smarts, among a slew of other behaviors and attributes to reach our goals and then some.


As we travel through the alphabet, every letter has an associated term that takes us one step closer to success. We last covered D, E, and F – Detail-oriented, Enthusiasm, and Flexibility, and prior to that, A, B, and C – Ambition, Boldness, and Commitment. Let's add to the growing list and inch closer to success!

Here we'll cover Grateful, Helpful, and Integrity. All three are vital traits for a person to embrace in order to accomplish goals and raise the bar for themselves and those around them, thus leading to progress, prosperity, and success beyond their wildest imagination!

Grateful

Lots of hard work and making it towards goal after goal is no easy feat. Whether you made it on your own or did it with the aid of those around you, being thankful is not only humbling, but will keep you grounded and help you remember where you started and what you're still headed for.

According to Inspiyr, "Many will tell you that hard work and dedication produce success. However, being grateful for your blessings in life is arguably what opens the door to a life of success and prosperity."

Even when you hit a roadblock or things don't go quite as planned, look on the bright side towards what's gone well thus far. As per The Benefits of Positive Thinking, "Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Whatever your circumstances, they can always be even more difficult. Think about the fact that they are not so, and look at the positive side of your reality."

Thank those around you, those who helped you get where you are today, and be grateful for your place in life right now. Coming from this perspective will allow you to jump over hurdles and strive for new goals with a positive and purposeful outlook and agenda.

Helpful

When a person is laser-focused on reaching a goal, they may seek out help, but what about what they can do for others? Success is a give and take process, and without a certain level of camaraderie and teamwork, you may not ever reach it.

According to Business Insider, "When you shift your focus off of yourself and onto the people you serve, you set yourself up for success." Inc. adds, "One of the most rewarding things about achieving success is the opportunity to encourage and motivate others. Successful people realize they have the power to help others increase their confidence in themselves. In doing so they create life-long loyalty."

Do unto others… this is always part of a successful person's mantra.

Integrity

According to Inc. "Integrity creates character and defines who you are." Entrepreneur explains, "Integrity means doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And that's what makes success."

Follow through with promises and always respect others. Be trustworthy, open, and willing to admit when you've made a mistake along with being thoughtful to forgive others. As Goal Setting Guide notes, "By making the commitment to become a totally honest person, you will be doing more to ensure your success and happiness in life than anything else you can ever do."

Work on these traits if they aren't part of your DNA already. You'll find yourself getting closer and closer to success the more you practice them.

Stay tuned for more A-Z coverage for workplace success.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.

Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.