Surround yourself with professional leaders and watch where the conversation goes. Hint…it won’t be focused on gossip and watercooler chit chat.
You may be unaware of how the crowd you keep can positively or negatively impact your career. Habits are contagious and whether you realize it or not, you will pick up on the bad habits of your peers. If you aren’t careful, negative influencers will creep in and derail your professional progression. To keep negativity at bay, stay plugged into professionals who’ll fuel your success!
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How To Find Success
If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who challenge you to reach your full potential. When you surround yourself with other career-minded individuals, you’ll learn from them, expand your skill set and grow your professional capital.
Spending your time at the office with individuals who contribute to the success and greater good of the organization will keep you engaged, happy and motivated. You’ll broaden your thought processes, engage in more brainstorming session and will have more thought-provoking conversations.
Conversely, when you choose to hang out at the water cooler with negative Nelly, your performance and overall career happiness are guaranteed to sink. Instead of focusing on your work and career, you’ll begin to only see the negative in your team and company. What was once a job you loved, quickly becomes a job you hate.
Attitude Impacts Success
Surrounding yourself with negativity is a recipe to become stagnant and unproductive in your career. Complainers waste time trying to find an easy way out of hard work, when they could be doing something productive instead. When you spend enough time with individuals who embrace this mindset, you’ll start to adopt the same thought process.
Instead, seek out individuals who embrace a similar philosophy and work ethic as you. Engaging with peers who advance your thought processes and expand your mind will drive you to look for the best solution, the best option, and the best result, not the easy one.
This Isn’t College
During school, you likely hung out with another person simply because someone else did. You may not have liked the individual, but they were always there and you sucked it up. You tolerated them, and their stupidity, versus making waves. News flash; you’re not in college anymore.
Your career is important and your professional reputation is critical. Don’t attach yourself to unproductive and unprofessional people who will weigh you down.
Find people who challenge you, stimulate your thoughts and broaden your professional net. When you associate with professional leaders, you’ll become a better person professionally and personally.