By Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com Editor
Why do some people seem to reach the top of the corporate ladder easily, while others remain stuck on the middle-management rung? You might think that it is just because those people have more of what it takes to succeed, like brains, talent and powerful people in their corner. But there is something else that is just as important: attitude.
Dr. Martin Seligman, an authority on optimism, discovered that attitude was a better predictor of success than I.Q., education and most other factors. He found that positive people stay healthier, have better relationships and go further in their careers. And he even found that positive people make more money.
Anyone can adopt the right attitude. No matter where you are from or how much innate talent you have, the right attitude can make a difference in your career. Try adopting these 10 attitudes of successful workers:
1. I am in charge of my destiny.
If you spend your entire career waiting for something exciting to come to you, you will be waiting a long time. Successful professionals go out and make good things happen. So commit yourself to thinking about your career in an entirely different way. You will make it to the top, and you are in charge of making it happen. Read More
By: Stephen M. R. Covey
Almost everywhere we turn, trust is on the decline. Trust in our culture at large, in our institutions, and in our companies is significantly lower than a generation ago. Research shows that only 49% of employees trust senior management, and only 28% believe CEOs are a credible source of information. Consider the loss of trust and confidence in the financial markets today. Indeed, “trust makes the world go ’round,” and right now we’re experiencing a crisis of trust. This crisis compels us to ask three questions. First, is there a measurable cost to low trust? Second, is there a tangible benefit to high trust? Third, how can the best leaders build trust in and within their organizations to reap the benefits of high trust?
Most people don’t know how to think about the organizational and societal consequences of low trust because they don’t know how to quantify or measure the costs of such a so-called “soft” factor as trust. For many, trust is intangible, ethereal, unquantifiable. If it remains that way, then people don’t know how to get their arms around it or how to improve it. But the fact is, the costs of low trust are very real, they are quantifiable, and they are staggering. Read More
By: Sue Painter
Years ago, I heard the statement “the fastest way to personal growth is to open your own business.” Thirteen years after opening my first business, I can promise that statement is true. Like many people who are self-employed, I came out of the corporate world, where I was used to having support staff, creative people around me to bounce ideas off of, and the big bosses over me to handle the heat. I also had janitorial staff to clean the office and technical support staff to handle an errant computer. Read More
By David Brooks | March 29, 2010
Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?
On the one hand, an Academy Award is nothing to sneeze at. Bullock has earned the admiration of her peers in a way very few experience. She’ll make more money for years to come. She may even live longer. Research by Donald A. Redelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh has found that, on average, Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than nominees that don’t win. Read More
Ever wondered what is meant by the term “wellness”? It can mean many things to many people, but most commonly it references a definition developed by Dr. Halbert L. Dunn in the 1950s. Dunn defined wellness as:
“an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the individual is capable. It requires that the individual maintain a continuum of balance and purposeful direction within the environment where he is functioning.”
It could also be defined as actively becoming aware of and pro-actively making choices towards a more successful existence. In other words, wellness emphasizes the state of the entire, interconnected being and its ongoing development rather than simply the absence of disease. Read More
There are 5 Points of Wellness of which most people feel they need to be complete in their lives. Most people in the Western civilized world are lacking in not only one of these components, but nearly all.
In this article, I’m going to explain what these points actually are and how they are defined. So here it goes, the 5 Points of Wellness consist of: Read More
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
One of the best books written on time management and life skills was the enormously popular book – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989. The book, written by Stephen R. Covey sold over 15 million copies in thirty-eight languages in fifteen years.
Covey lists seven principles that, when established as personal habits, help a person achieve “effectiveness.” Covey maintains effectiveness is achieved by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north”–principles of a character ethic that he believes to be universal and timeless. Read More
Motivate yourself through focus, passion and commitment.
By Sid Kemp | April 08, 2010
Here’s an unusual piece of business advice: Set yourself on fire every day. The life of an entrepreneur is full of ups and downs. One day things are exciting; the next we have to face a new hassle. On a movie set, the actors would say “It let the air out of our day.” In other words, the fire is out and the passion is gone.
But as entrepreneurs, our passion is our responsibility. Read More