“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
This quote by Earl Nightingale really speaks to me.
You see, I’m not really a big believer in karma, not in the mystical sense. Instead, I believe that you reap what you sow in a more physical sense. Just as the farmer sows the seeds of wheat he will reap in months to come, we need to sow the seeds of the success we want to reap in months or years to come.
When people find themselves in unfamiliar territory during their first days and weeks on the job, says Amy Hirsh Robinson of Interchange Consulting Group, they’re much more likely to jump to conclusions—”premature cognitive commitments”—and see bad or simply awkward onboarding as indicative of a poorly run organization that just doesn’t care about its people.
Somewhere, we learned that if we hire a candidate with the skills we need, the results will be an employee who will do a great job. Wrong!
Skills, work experience and job knowledge can all be acquired by showing up for work and doing a job just well enough to not get fired. But do these skills change the person’s attitude about working, increase their energy level or make them self-motivated in the face of challenge? Will great results suddenly be a by-product of these skills or will they choose to settle for less?
What if I were to tell you that there is a simple change that you can make today that will pay huge dividends in future? It’s simple, it’s free, and it is highly effective. And, according to the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” Thomas Corley, it is a habit that sets wealthy people apart from the rest of us.
Several years ago, recruiting and retention expert Mel Kleiman got a knock on his door from a desperate client. Their problem was a staggering 179% turnover rate. That’s right, they found themselves hiring 6,000 people to fill 3,500 jobs.