Add enthusiasm to your life and to your Job
When we think about the qualities we need to succeed in business, we usually think about initiative, assertiveness, competence. Add enthusiasm to this list.
There is no one word that can describe the whole-heartedness with which enthusiastic managers approach their work. They are filled with energy, excitement and eagerness. Enthusiasm is an important factor in life. Consider the following account:
A researcher applied for a position at a Australian prestigious university. She was well qualified, her research was greatly respected. Her reputation and experience were impeccable. However, she did not get the position. Another candidate for the job, even though less qualified, was given the position. The second candidate had shown an enthusiasm the woman researcher had not. The researcher realised that in her desire to be professional, she had carried an air of aloofness which had, in fact, cost her the job.
Many executives equate enthusiasm with lack of sophistication. They are entirely wrong. The ability to cultivate and nurture genuine enthusiasm is crucial to good management and success in your career.
Enthusiasm may indeed make the difference between those who succeed in their career goals and those who just maintain their careers.
A one-time head of one of the United States' largest corporations said:
"The longer I live the more certain I am that enthusiasm is the little recognised secret of success. The difference in actual skill and ability and intelligence between those who succeed and those who fail is usually neither wide nor striking. But if two workers are nearly matched, the one who is enthusiastic will find the scales tipped in his or her favour. And the one of second-rate ability with enthusiasm will often outstep the one of first-rate ability without enthusiasm."
If enthusiasm is so important, how can you add more enthusiasm to your job — and your life?
Look at the good things about you and your position. Positive thinking often means positive results.
Learn to expand your point of view. Find out how other departments operate. Perhaps some of their procedures could be adapted — if you find these people more successful and more enthusiastic.
Tune out the gloom group. You've already heard their opinions. If they are not about to take positive steps to change their attitude or their procedures, they are not going to do you or your department much good. Try to react with humour. Malcontents really don't know how to respond to humour, so they will probably take their gloom elsewhere where they're more likely to get the reinforcement they so desperately want.
Examine your personal life. If your personal life is stagnant, your job attitude may be suffering.
Remember that the acceptance of boredom is a dead end. A great man once said: "Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul... Whether you're 60 or 16, there is in every human heart the love of wonder, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing appetite for what-next and the job of the game of living."