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Want To Be Self-Sufficient – Get a Good Attitude

It is wonderful to know that work can help you be self-sufficient, so get a good attitude. When you are seeking work, whether you are a traditional employee, a freelancer or an entrepreneur, you must go about the job search with a good attitude. Everyone has heard the expression, “misery loves company.” However, no one wants to be that company. When a business enterprise is self-sufficient it is able to care for itself financially without outside help. Businesses that are self-sufficient are successful on-going enterprises. Since self-sufficiency is a goal businesses should aim for, business owners must get  attitudes that are pleasing to all concerned parties. It is very important to have a good attitude in your interactions with other people. Even when you are your own boss, you have customers, suppliers, employees, bankers and neighbors you must come in contact with on a regular basis. None of these people want to be around you if you have a bad attitude.Customers feel better dealing with people who make them feel good about themselves and the goods and services they are purchasing. They will pay extra money and refer their friends to a business where the owner makes them feel good about themselves. When a business owner learns to make customers feel good about themselves, the business owner will be on the road to self-sufficiency.  If you are a business owner who is looking for work, for additional customers and increased revenue, you must portray a good attitude. If you do not have a good attitude naturally, there are a few things you can do to portray a good attitude:1.   Smile – whether in person or by telephone, customers know you are smiling and it makes them feel better about doing business with you
2.   Voice – use a calm, pleasant and comforting tone when speaking to others
3.   Body Language – stand or sit up straight and look the person you are speaking to in the eye, keep your shoulders back and straight
4.   Respect – show respect to those you are dealing with by being on time and prepared for all meetings
Your smile, voice, body language and show of respect are all part and parcel of showing a good attitude to the world. It is these behaviors that will create not just the appearance of a good attitude, but will actually lead to you having a better attitude.In conclusion,  is wonderful to know that work can help you be self-sufficient, so get a good attitude. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, do you have an attitude people want to be around?
Janeane Davis

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  • This is so true. I spend an incredible amount of time at work and have to say it is very draining to work with people who have bad attitudes. It is also true that when layoffs come around those with bad attitudes are the first to go. My company has recently hired a group of new employees that have great attitudes. The energy of the company has changed. It is so much more enjoyable to go to work.

  • Great advice, as always! Greeting the day and your colleagues with a smile is the best way to get things done.

  • The top four items you mention are so important for a business to not only get more customers but to keep the ones that they do have. Any one of the 4 items, if lacking can cause a person to not want to do future business with them. If they happen to share that experience with someone else that prevents the business from getting another potential client or worse yet losing another one. It's important to have the right attitude at all times.

  • These are great rules to follow. You are so right, a smile, even if behind the screen or phone goes a long way!

  • When I used to manage call centers, I always encouraged the reps to SMILE! People can hear the difference!

    • My husband does a lot of telephone work and he agrees with you that the smile can be "heard" or "seen" over the phone.

  • Great points! I especially love the reminder to smile . . . people just don't smile enough these days! :-)

  • Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I try to be the best I can be, but I have A LOT on my plate, so stress factors into my attitude everyday.

  • Lots of good points! Sometimes just a smile can brighten up someone's day and that, in turn, can make you feel better, too.

  • This is so important to have and what so many people are missing. It is hard out here for many people in these economic times. What we need to do is help each other through this and it may be only a smile and caring attitude that you have, but you need to share it. :)

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