January 7

“Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.” – Epictetus

You’ve probably heard it before, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. You may also have heard that attitude is the most important attribute to many of the people responsible for hiring at top level companies.

Both are true. Attitude and perspective are contagious. If you surround yourself with people who have a generally positive but realistic outlook, you will find yourself approaching problems with that group with more optimism and confidence than if you surround yourself with negative people even if they are realistically negative. Which group do you think is going to have more long term success?

You can take that idea one step further by working to become that person in your workplace, your home life, or your circle of friends. Without allowing yourself to become unrealistic or sappy, try to start finding the positive in situations that might otherwise throw a wrench into the gears of your day. Start small but look at each little pitfall of the day as a chance to exercise this new positive perspective. As it becomes easier you might find yourself becoming the go to person for solving a lot of problems.

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