June 28, 2021
A wise person once told me, “A positive attitude is not the best attitude to have … it’s the only attitude to have.”
The attitude you display every day can have a positive (or negative) impact on everyone you come into contact with: your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, even retail clerks, servers, and acquaintances you might only have casual interactions with. And as a leader (or an aspiring leader), maintaining a positive attitude among your co-workers is the key to fostering a good culture in your organization.
You will likely face disappointments of various magnitudes every day; however, never forget that how you react to disappointments and shortfalls determines your long-term success. I am somewhat disappointed if I see someone needlessly throwing trash out of their car window onto the streets of my city. Of course, I am disappointed when Standard is not the winning bidder on a right-fit project. And I am absolutely disappointed if I learn of any employee not living Standard’s Core Values. (That goes for me, too!) However, disappointments are as much a part of life as are successes. It’s all about taking the long view. Disappointments are learning opportunities. Take all the education you can from a disappointment, then move on. And always remember, one of the foundations of maintaining a positive attitude is being committed to the notion that you will never, ever give up.
A positive attitude is the only way to long-term success.