The one thing that can make or break a career
Yeah I have some bad news, our attitude really is the difference between making it or not in our careers.
There is an idiom that often gets shared on social media where someone has written hard work, punctuality and a few other words on a white board and underneath each word they added the number in the alphabet for each letter and added those up.
Its goes on until the bottom word which is attitude equals 100% and I think thats true, there is quote I love which goes:
A bad attitude is like a flat tyre, you can’t go anywhere unless you change it
Its one thing that we all have the ability to change, and the one thing that can make a huge difference in our lives.
A little humility goes a long way
Life happens to us all, maybe we lose out on a promotion or our dream move, or maybe we are less motivated by what we do than we used to be.
The situation can spiral out of control if we let it. Our attitude goes downhill and before we know it we are in a worse situation than we were to begin with.
When these bumps in the road come along its important to keep perspective, and keep a good attitude, the opportunity will come along again and with a little self reflection you can be ready for it.
Even worse is the situation when sadly a job is lost, which in the market right now is happening more and more.
Its really hard to keep perspective and a good attitude during these time, especially coming from a highly paid job to something very different. There can be rewards however, a different perspective on life for example that will pay us back in time.
A smile, a laugh, a joke , humility and hard work are the good attributes and attitude that can keep us going and keep us in a job, almost more than anything else I can think of.
In the horrible event that anyone of us loses a job, then its that same good attitude and sense of perspective that will help get us through.
As an ex colleague of mine remarked today after taking a job in a garden centre part time:
I really miss the salary and the free lunches in a fancy restaurant paid for by someone else, but working hard, meeting people and then eating a sandwich in the back of car at lunchtime, has given me a whole new respect and perspective on life
Attitude really is the thing that makes the difference….