You may have been taught at some point along the way that humility is a virtue worth embracing. And, in many ways that's true. There is a lot to be said for speaking and acting in a humble way. After all, someone who is too egotistical can come off as immature, untrustworthy, and even less likable – none of which will endear you to friends and colleagues. However, there is a happy middle-ground that is actually the best option. It can be a big mistake to be too humble, just as it doesn't pay off to swing too far the other way. Here are a few reasons why being too humble when it comes to your job and career could be a huge mistake.
If you've ever had a negative co-worker, you know the impact a bad attitude can have on others. We are all susceptible to the moods and emotional undercurrents of the people that surround us. So, you probably notice a shift in your own feelings and outlook when you spend too much time around negative people. If this level of contact can have such a big impact, imagine then what getting through the day must be like for the person who's responsible for spreading those bad vibes.
We hate to break it to you, but the reason you aren't moving up in your career might not be because of him, or her, or them – it might be because of your poor attitude. It's easy to point the finger at others or attribute your dead-end career to incompetent co-workers, however, there comes a time when you have to realize that the culprit is you. Take a look at five of the common career-ruining attitude types below to see if you're guilty of damaging your own career. Good luck!
One of the toughest things about life, both personally and professionally, is that there's only so much you can control. You can't change your nature, for example, and become wildly extroverted if you're someone who draws her energy from within, and you can't necessarily make a bad job into a good one. You can, however, learn to make things better by cultivating certain skills and improving your attitude. And sometimes, you can quit your job and go on to another one -- if you go about things the right way.
Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and offering support to co-workers is the kind approach in these instances. However, sometimes a colleague is chronically unhappy, spreading gloom day after day. Maybe they complain a lot -- about work, their personal life, or both. Perhaps it's just the way they sulk around the office, or it's the miserable countenance they wear every time you're in a meeting together. No matter how the condition manifests itself, working with someone who is persistently unhappy can be a real drag, to say the least.
Looking for a work can be the hardest job you’ll ever have, and sometimes it can go on for quite a while. It can be a daunting, frustrating, humbling, and nerve-racking experience to search month after month for the right opportunity. New research suggests that having a positive attitude can have a profound impact on your job search.