Professional Success Begins with a Positive Attitude

We are taught as young military men and women to be grateful for our opportunities, to work hard in our chosen field and to always lead from the front. Our work ethic is usually one of the most attractive job-related skills we offer. But, with job availability becoming increasingly sparse, we are often disgruntled, even downright bitter.

Positivity is the key to professional success.For those seeking employment or recently acquiring it, here are a few things to think about in your career.

To begin, think about a person you have worked with in the past (or present) that has had a poor enough attitude to affect you or your coworkers. There’s almost always at least one. That single person is a detriment to whatever goals you are tasked with.

These people often block innovation and will suck the energy out of an organization. Your goal is to not become one of those people.

Here are three of the worst personalities at work:

1. The Non-believer

 “The boss will never like this. Why are we working so hard on it? Nobody will ever listen to my idea. ”

Being a believer in your job is what separates you from these people. Your leaders (hopefully) understand this. Getting through the muck of day-to-day activities and on to the exciting stuff can often take a lot of patience, so don’t fall in with these cancerous individuals. The nonbelievers have a profound effect on those around them by stifling creativity and new ideas.

Being creative and bringing new approaches to problems are great ways to get noticed at work!

2. The Know-it-all

“I don’t need your help, I can figure it out. This is child’s play. This is so easy that it’s boring.”

Being diverse in any business is a huge key for success. Learning new concepts or relearning old methods can keep work fresh over the long haul. An unwillingness to learn or relearn something can make people view you as set in your ways. If you get this dreaded perception you’ll never advance further than where you are. Most employers want to see adaptation in your work, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

It is often the person who can figure things out the quickest that is most celebrated. Because of this fact, it is usually the smartest, most-seasoned employee who rises to the top. These employees often ask questions and are willing to learn from whomever will teach them.

Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something . Without asking questions you’ll always stunt your career growth.

3. The Victim

“I don’t get paid for this. Can you believe what they want us to do now? I don’t have the time.”

We’ve all slipped into the victim role at one time or another, but for some people it’s a 24/7 occupation. These people usually stand near the water cooler, complaining to whomever will listen about how they feel persecuted by their job, boss or the computer they just crashed. Victims can’t innovate, so they aren’t looking for opportunities. They are looking for problems though. Rather than being gloomy and pessimistic, use these chances to turn obstacles into goals.

In conclusion, don’t become the nonbeliever, know-it-all or victim. It is up to you to make the very best of your opportunities and having a positive, innovate attitude can do wonders for your career.

Photo thanks to ianqui under creative commons license on Flickr.