Attitude adjustments allow for success in school, work

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In life, a simple behavioral habit can be the difference between success and failure.

There are many destructive behaviors that can have a negative impact on your professional life. Through my work and school experiences, I’ve realized that a few behaviors and attitudes can make or break it for you in the real world. These behaviors are easy to identify and can be changed to better the chances of success in the workplace and classroom.

First, it’s important to learn and understand that change is not a bad thing. Being able to change and improve yourself is a stepping stone on the pathway to success. If you are comfortable with yourself and your skill set, you may not be motivated to learn new things. If you are not motivated to grow and change, you may fall behind your peers and coworkers.

The people who are always learning and expanding their knowledge will advance in workplace status and even receive promotions. The same applies to the classroom. Students who do not take advantage of their learning environment and opportunities the school provides are doing themselves a disservice.

I’ve had classes with students who have a bad attitude about learning and are in school to pass classes to earn a degree. Newsflash: No one wants to hire someone who didn’t learn to apply themselves in college. Those who take advantage of learning opportunities and have a positive attitude about bettering themselves, whether in the workplace or the classroom, will be more successful than those who don’t.

Accepting feedback is an important stepping stone in becoming successful. If you are offended or hurt by feedback, you may struggle with your confidence. Feedback is a great tool used by students and employees to learn and grow. You cannot become better without knowing first what needs to be improved to become a better student or employee. 

It’s easy for you to limit yourself by not embracing feedback given by others. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to feedback, but taking it into consideration can enhance school and work performance. This demonstrates to teachers and supervisors that you have a strong potential to succeed based on your ability to learn and grow from the feedback given to you.

Other behaviors such as negativity, complaining, causing more problems than you resolve, being overly dramatic, or unprofessional are a few more behaviors to consider avoiding in the work place. The bottom line is people in your workplace or classrooms do not want to deal with these various destructive behaviors.

If you exhibit any of these behaviors, you may have trouble succeeding in your professional or learning environments. If you recognize one of these behaviors in yourself, it is never too late to change. Life is about learning and growing, and changing behaviors can be a big help in achieving goals and becoming successful in the workplace or the classroom.