How An Optimistic Attitude Makes You More Approachable

Are you a “glass half full” person?

We know it’s a cliché, however your ability to focus on the positive in every situation makes you much more marketable.

Why does this matter? It matters because no matter what industry you work in, people are drawn to a positive attitude. No matter where you are in your career, maintaining an optimistic attitude is necessary.

Optimism Equals Approachability

Believe it or not, the way you think will significantly impact your interactions with your coworkers, your employer, and will eventually impact how well you do your job. Being approachable will help you build relationships with your colleagues.

Approachability Increases Opportunity

A positive attitude will also make you a more attractive hire to prospective employers.

Every interaction that you have, personal or professional, will either add to or subtract from your personal brand. Think of every person that you encounter as your personal public relations representative. The better things they have to say about you, the better.

Confidence Improves Your Professional Reputation

While you are only as good as your last job, your professional reputation means everything. Always keep this in mind when looking for your next opportunity. Let’s take a look at the attributes of a “glass half full” attitude and how that optimism can make you more approachable in business.

Have a Strong Work Ethic. Being dedicated and committed to your work is an invaluable attribute for a positive attitude. Success does not come to the lazy. The energy that you put into a project will ultimately pay off.

Be Fearless. There is no shame in failing, only in not trying. Fear stands in the way of success. Take a risk, the results may surprise you. A person with a positive attitude acknowledges his or her fear and moves forward anyway.

Rebound from Setbacks. Setbacks and failures will happen. When they do, how you pick yourself up and start again speaks to the strength of your character. Learn from setbacks and resolve to start again stronger and wiser.

Be Humble. People with inflated egos are often easily offended. This can be dangerous in business. No one knows it all, not even you. Humility in business, especially during moments of conflict or disagreement will serve you well.

Embrace Challenges. A willingness to work outside of your comfort zone and embrace a challenge is a definite attribute of a positive attitude. Resolving to get the job done in spite of the circumstances will serve you well.

It’s simple, really. The better your attitude, the more approachable you become. The more approachable you are, the more opportunities that will come your way. It is never too late, do yourself a favor and adopt a “glass half full” attitude. It will always serve you well.

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How attitude affects your job prospects.

Contact Melissa Schafer ( from Allemby Management Group Inc. for more information today!

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