Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Benefits of a Positive Personality On Career Success

Be a Star -Murad Abel
Daily life can be hard but those who have a positive personality are likely to go further than those who don’t. Being positive has significant benefits for your career and for your psychological well-being. Those who master the art of looking for the best possible outcomes also come to find that they make friends easily and are able to move up the career ladder faster than those with negative dispositions.

We have all met that grumpy person who tears down everything they talk about or focus on. They chronically complain; food, clothes, job, life, money…anything! Their negative behavior becomes catchy and the more time you spend with this person the more likely you are going to start thinking like them.

Don’t live by their example. Seek to develop your own positive outlook on life. Doing so will lead to greater career opportunities and more friends. A positive personality will help you develop resilience when life does become difficult. Looking for the best possible outcomes is an exercise of the mind. 

Personality has a large impact on whether or not a person is liked by others. For example, teachers who are appreciated by others showed traits of extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, emotional stability, and openness (Eryilmaz, 2014). They were easy to get along with and were generally non-judgmental of others.

We are attracted to people who are positive because they help us feel good about ourselves and the potential of developing relationships. When someone shows a positive personality we trust their judgment. Why not? They like us right? Our assessment of them becomes reciprocal as we feed off of their positive energy.

It is natural that those who can attract other people also attract greater opportunities. Most of us love to work with people who are happy, positive, and feel like they can accomplish anything. We enjoy sharing opportunities with those who help us feel good and appreciate our presence.

Developing a positive outlook requires thinking about all the blessings you have. Gratitude and savoring was a predictor of positive psychological affectivity (Mailolino & Kuiper, 2014). Being appreciative of life, your career, and your opportunities can go a long way in developing your contentment.

Being positive has many benefits for your psychological health as well as your career. Developing a positive way of thinking about yourself, your life, and your prospects impacts not only your opportunities but also the way in which you see the world. Once a positive outlook is mastered you will find yourself creating the confidence needed to tackle any important job task leading to greater performance and more support. 

Be a Star: The photo was taken at La Jolla Beach and represents our goals and aspirations in life. The water in the background looks a little like sparks while the attention is focused on the start itself. The shutter speed could be adjusted to create a different waterfall look. Posters of the picture are available on the Creative Works Page or Fine Art America. 

Eryilmaz, A. (2014). Perceived personality traits and types of teachers and their relationship to the subjective well-being and academic achievement of adolescents. Educational Science, 14 (6).

Maiolino, N. & Kuiper, N. (2014). Integrating human and positive psychology approaches to psychological well-being. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 10 (3).

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