I’ve hired, led and mentored people for over 25 years, and find attitude as important as aptitude—maybe even more so.
Your belief is your biology, and when you believe, you achieve. A positive attitude means a healthy self esteem: a willingness to try new things, an openness to change, and a determination and drive to succeed, even when the odds are against you.
I remember a close friend being concerned when her son was entering the job market for the first time. Here was a guy who had no work experience, but was polite, upbeat, and wore his willingness on his sleeve. I told my friend I would hire him in a heartbeat.
You see, you can teach people new job skills, but it’s hard to change a negative disposition. My friend’s son got a job quickly—a good one too—and has been moving up the ranks since. There is nothing like having a happy and willing employee on your team.
A positive attitude can be very infectious and effective, especially when your team is facing major change. I’ve seen highly-trained experts kill a great idea with negativity, and have watched tenacious believers soar. I know, because I’m one of the latter who climbed the ladder!
So–go for it!