Posted by: Jace O'Mallan | January 11, 2010

Attitude is the Key to Succeeding or Failing

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” -W. Clement Stone

I remember growing up as a kid my parents always telling me about having a good attitude and how it will help me succeed in the future. The same thing was said to me by most of my teachers in grade school. A person is judged by their presence, but most importantly by their attitude. To me, attitude is closely tied to respect since it is important to have a positive attitude to gain respect by others. Now that I am preparing myself for life after college, it is key to bring what I learned inside and outside of school, as well as my positive attitude about life, to make a name for myself in the workplace.

Having a positive attitude can make or break a person’s career because a person’s positive attitude determines how far you can go in your career. A positive attitude can help you whether you own your own business, work as an employee in a large organization, or manage others in a business environment. Sometimes working in a larger corporation can create an opposite effect on you. It is easy to come into work with a positive and upbeat attitude that could change in an instant if the environment you work in has a lot of negativity. It has been known that attitudes can be contagious. Here are a few tips that may help you keep up a positive attitude:

1. Ask yourself this question, who is more likely to get promoted? One who is always negative or one who always thinks positive?

2. Take a stressful work problem and figure out solutions that will benefit you and the company, as long as you keep a positive mindset.

3. Customers always prefer doing business with a positive employee and not a negative one. Better customer relationships always lead to better sales performance.

4. Having a positive attitude with other colleagues can lead to a stronger follower base, therefore making you a better leader.

It is always important to keep up a positive attitude in any situation you face in your life. It can also make or break a relationship because in new relationships, first impressions are very important in deciding the fate of that relationship. No one likes a negative person, so it’s only fair to say that having a positive attitude is the key to your success in anything.



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