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Attitude Matters in Small Business

Business Technology | June 10, 2011

Being successful in business is due in large part to your mindset. Professional skill and connections will take you far, but if you do not have a personable demeanor, you may find success to be out of reach. At its core, business is about relating to people by way of offering goods or services. While being ambitious and enthusiastic are important character traits for business success, it’s also important to realize that you have to sell yourself before you can sell a product. Here are some important things to remember when developing your attitude in business.

1.    Stay positive

It may seem obvious or even obtuse, but staying positive is of great importance.  Studies show that workers who praise others in the office, set realistic goals and practice being grateful for even small accomplishments are the ones that get ahead. Being pessimistic sets a personal expectation for failure and can lead to a lack of success. To learn more, please read this article.

2.    Be assertive without being aggressive

Assertiveness is an important aspect of a good business attitude, but it’s important to remember that assertiveness can easily turn into aggression. When asserting your opinion in the workplace, remember to hear the opinions of those around you. It’s O.K. make your point clear, but make sure that you keep yourself open to the ideas and ideas of others. To avoid being overly aggressive, practice your communication skills.

Considering these tips will help make you a team player and, in turn, make advancement an obtainable goal. For more tips, read this article.

3.    Be compassionate when confronted with conflict

Interpersonal conflict is an unavoidable part of every work culture. Try approaching resolution with compassion if and when you find yourself at odds with a coworker. Stepping into conflict resolution with an open mind instead of defensiveness will usually result in a more positive outcome. Adding compassion to your business attitude will strengthen your skills at resolving conflict. If you’d like to read more about being compassionate at work, take a look at this article.

Every kind of business involves dealing with other people. Having a good attitude, especially towards your business and those who interact with it, will make professional advancement a realistic goal. These tips are small changes you can make in your personal outlook that will help improve your effectiveness in any work setting. Being successful in your business starts when you are successful with other people, and the best way to achieve that success is by having a good attitude.


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