Attitude. Yep. That’s it. It’s that simple. Attitude is the single human condition that an employee can completely control which can profoundly impact their career – even more than 25 years of industry experience or an Ivy League education. Employers want employees who will constantly strive to reach their potential and be a positive force in the company, and that means having an affirming, self-aware, and collaborative attitude.

Why Attitude Is the Force in Real Life

Even the most seasoned and educated employee will never reach their potential if they harbor a bad or unhealthy attitude. In fact, not only do employees with bad attitudes sabotage their own careers, but they also undermine the careers of the professionals around them. A bad attitude is an infectious and dangerous force. Attitude is what caused Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker to take divergent career paths. Bad things happen to everyone in every universe, but how we react to those life-changing events is a matter of attitude. (Seriously Anakin, man up.)

Yoda knew both Anakin and Luke Skywalker had the advantage of innate, extraordinary talent and gave them an exceptional education and training. But what really determined their disparate fates was the decision to have either a positive or a negative attitude about their Jedi responsibilities and career paths. We are the result of our decisions, and yes, your attitude is a decision.

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The Power of Attitude: Your Choice

An employee with a positive attitude is a powerful, in-house support system that can identify and diffuse internal problems before HR even hears about them. A good attitude listens. A good attitude troubleshoots issues without having to be asked. A good attitude celebrates the power of intelligence and humility by having an insightful perspective on the precious and fleeting nature of life.

We all know personally people with good attitudes, and we’re always happy to see them. Because good people spread goodness. And goodness is an energy.

Goodness is made of midi-chlorians. But so is darkness.

Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. It’s your choice.

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