Happiness = Career Success

by Joe Lavelle on September 13, 2010

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“Don’t ever put a period on a negative thought.”

I love that advice!

These words of wisdom were shared by Henry Winkler, the actor and producer best known for his portrayal of Fonzie on the TV show Happy Days, when he was a featured speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management‘s state meeting in Florida.  Winkler reminded his audience that they are responsible for the mindset they choose to have every day and the feelings they choose to embrace.

Winkler’s quote was part of an article entitled “Don’t-Worry-Be-Happy Strategy Can Pay Off” by Michael “Dr. Woody” Woodward, an executive coach and author of The YOU Plan: A 5-step Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career in the New Economy.

Woodward asserts that we each need to make the decision to fight the negativity that surrounds us every day and offers three steps we can take to make this happen.

The first step proposed by Woodward is to consider your strengths.  How much time do you spend focusing on what you did wrong or what you don’t know?  Why not sit down and make a list of the great things that you do offer to your company, your family, and your community?  I imagine you will feel more positive about yourself and the contributions you make every day once you take the time to complete this task.

I hope you will read the entire article, as all of Woodward’s advice is important material for professionals who are struggling to focus on career advancement.

Through many years of experience as a career coach, I firmly believe that a positive attitude is more important than nearly any accomplishment you can include on your resume.  Being a positive person makes you confident when you network, sit down for an interview, or propose a grand idea to your employer.

So, be happy . . . and watch your career soar!

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