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Six Career Lessons From Two Completely Adequate I-O Psychologists Thomas A. Stetz Hawaii Pacific University Todd L. Chmielewski Saint Thomas University In nearly every issue of The Industrial-Or- ganizational Psychologist (TIP) there are in- terviews and articles about the well-known and highly successful in our field. Aguinis and O’Boyle (2014) refer to them as “star performers.” These star performers offer wise career advice and amaze us with astute observations. Let’s be honest, though. What worked for them is unlikely to work for us mere mortals. TIP may continue to focus on advice from and for the “best,” but this article offers a brief respite giving real advice for the “rest” (O’Boyle & Aguinis, 2012). For far too long, the completely adequate have been ignored by TIP. We are the cogs in I-O industrial complex. No, we didn’t invent Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers, and Legend of Zelda like Aguinis and O’Boyle’s (2014) star performer Shigeru Miyamoto. We didn’t develop meta-analysis or the Likert scale. We are the unheralded who day in and day out do our job. But, our leaders now proclaim just doing your job isn’t good enough any longer. What we don’t understand is if we are required to do something other than our job, doesn’t it then become part of our jobs? Regardless of that issue, this article isn’t for the stars or the superiors, it is for, well we guess, the proud posteriors of our chosen field. In this article we proudly represent those poste- The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist riors to the best of our adequate abilities. Unlike Lake Wobegon where all the children are above average, we all can’t be in the long right-side, heavy tail of performance. Rather, the vast majority of us are in the stacked up bunch on the left side. You may ask yourself, “What makes these two unknowns qualified to represent me?” For one, we have a long track record of medi- ocre results in all aspects of our lives to back up our claim of adequisivity. 1 Just to be sure, though, we checked with our wives, both I-O psychologists, who confirmed that there is absolutely nothing special about us. With this, we feel we are up to the task at hand. Below we humbly offer lessons based on our passable careers that may help you as well. The first lesson involves a mutual co- worker we had. The next five lessons come from “ah-ha” work experiences that we individually have had. Thus, we do switch between “we” and “I” throughout this ar- ticle. The use of such pronouns also serves to protect the identity of the innocent, the less than innocent, and the utterly outright guilty. Our shared wisdom comes from our combined eight college degrees, 34 years I-O work experience, and 65 years of total work experience. Amazingly, we have man- aged to learn only six simple lessons. 125