Education Career Services

March 3, 2009

Recipe for Success: Attitude

How can two people with the same skills and abilities in the same situation have different outcomes?  I believe the difference maker is attitude. Many people will tell you if you can believe – you can achieve.  That is certainly important, but I know a lot of good people with great out-look who haven’t reached their goals yet.  Attitude isn’t everything, but it is the main thing that will make a difference.


It is THE DIFFERENCE MAKER, when you’re going for a job; meeting new people are simply doing chores around the house.  For example: two athletes with the same skills compete for the same position; but one is going to have a good team attitude and the other is not. Which one would the coach pick?  It really is the difference maker and with all things being equal, a good attitude will set you apart.


We all have a chosen attitude.  Our self-image, how we see ourselves, is going to greatly influence our tendency to be either negative of positive in our appearance and the way we convey our thoughts to others.  In the long run it is our choice and that choice does help determine the outcome of our efforts.


Now, attitude cannot replace competence and experience.  Great skills combined with experience are a hard combination to turn down.  However, when you mix their dynamics with a great attitude this is a recipe for excellence.


Competence in the work place and in living your life is the continuing ability to handle situations effectively, producing a positive outcome.  Experience, of course, is something you continuously gain as we work and enjoy our lives.  Those two things are facts that employees are looking for in a person.  Although attitude cannot replace competency or experience it will show your desire to learn and grow in your chosen career.  I believe a good positive attitude allows us to approach people and our responsibilities in such a mental way it gives all of us the best shot of walking in, taking off and succeeding.


The above was submitted by K. D. Byrne:  A former owner of multiple, successful businesses, has built start-up companies with diversified venues in the oil, food, and educational industries.


Let me know what you think,


Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

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