Help me help other architects! This blog is an excerpt from the first draft of my book: Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect. You can help me make it better by leaving a critique in the comment section below. Thx you rock! -Steve
Having a positive attitude is an invaluable trait for an emerging professional.
You can focus on just this one thing and everything else will fall into place.
Having a positive attitude will help you develop Stronger Interpersonal Connections
People want to work with people that are positive and happy and will avoid folks that are negative and grumpy. This is true for the people in your firm and especially your clients.
Having a positive attitude will trigger Faster Growth
A positive attitude will help you take on new challenges and broaden your skill set. Someone who is positive will see the silver lining in failure and grow from each challenge.
The best part about this path is that it can be implemented right now. There are no pre-qualifications nor does it require decades of experience. Here are some examples of how a positive person will act in an office.
Someone who is positive greets their co-workers and engages in meaningful conversations.
Someone who is positive is eager to help others. They relish the opportunities to teach and make others better.
Someone who is positive is open to new challenges and opportunities. Want them to do something they have never done before? They love that.
Someone who is positive is fun to work with.
Someone who is positive will be a great problem solver. “Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem & 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it & crush it!” – Tony Robbins
Someone who is positive is very good at giving constructive criticism. They help add to a discussion.
Someone who is positive is the most effective type of leader.
Someone who is positive will attract clients.
Someone who is positive will look for ways to improve company standards.
Someone who is positive is the person everyone wants to work with.
Don’t be an Eeyore
Do you remember Eeyore from the Children’s Book: Winnie-the-Pooh. Eeyore was the donkey that was always pessimistic and depressed. No matter what the occasion Eeyore was always in the pits.
Everyone has worked with an Eeyore. When you say hello to Eeyore they might mumble a hello but won’t look at you or make eye contact. When you ask them how they are doing they answer with a long sigh and then say, “busy!!!” Of course, we all have our bad days but the Eeyores are like this all the time.
I used to work with a structural engineer that was an Eeyore. He was a very smart engineer with a wealth of experience. However, every time we would interact he was very gloomy. It just bummed me out. And as a result I no longer work with that engineer. I want to work with happy people.
There are no Neutral Exchanges
Remember that there are no neutral exchanges. Every time you interact with someone it is an opportunity to leave them better or worse. If you maintain a positive attitude then you will always leave people better and you will become a great team member.
It is not always easy.
In the early years of my career, I was blind to the power of positive thinking. I put all of my emphasis on gaining technical skills like mastering Revit or focusing on design. Those technical skills have no doubt helped me grow and become a valuable team member. However, I began to notice that the more successful people I encountered had a certain positive personality. I also noticed that there were people that seemed to be stuck in a rut who had the opposite personality.
I work hard every day to focus on the positive. It is always a challenge however the best part is that it does not require any experience.
You can start today.