Is Your Attitude More Important than Technical Skills?

ID-100138558For most jobs, a good attitude is crucial to your success.  Since almost every position requires that you work with others in some capacity, your ability to make connections and build those relationships will determine how effective you are at doing your job.  Also, employees with a positive attitude are a lot easier to manage and are a lot better at managing themselves.  If you feel like a more positive attitude at work could help you in your career, here are some tips that may help:

Treat everyone you meet with respect.  It is important to always maintain your professionalism at work, even when you are dealing with someone who you don’t like and even if other people are not behaving professionally.  If you establish your own standards of professionalism and never deviate from them, it will set you apart from the crowd.

Manage your stress.  People who are under a lot of stress may appear to have a bad attitude.  Stress brings out the worst in all of us.  If you aware that your stress level is high, then it is important that you take steps to manage that.  Take care of your body by eating properly and getting enough sleep.  Consider mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to help you alleviate some of the daily stressors that you face.  If a particular problem is stressing you out, find a way to address it.  If your stress persists, see your doctor or a counsellor.

Establish career goals.  If you don’t know where you are headed in terms of your career, the daily grind of going to work can be painful.  However, if you have written down your career goals and you know how your current job fits in with those goals, you will feel more motivated and fulfilled.  Refer to your career goals often and do something each day that will bring you one step closer to that dream job.

Make an effort to be positive.  When you are not consciously thinking about it, it can be easy for negative thoughts to settle into your mind and sour your outlook.  You need to be vigilant.  Whenever you think about a problem or something that annoys you, try to think of a solution to that problem.  Complainers are a dime a dozen, but if you can train yourself to be a problem solver, you will never have a problem getting (and keeping) a job.

Not only is a positive attitude an asset in your career, but it can help you succeed in all areas of your life.

“The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes.” —Anonymous



(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of pakorn at


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