I've said before that I think the two parts of a successful career are delivering results and having a good attitude. But how much does the latter really contribute to any success you have? Maybe more than I originally thought.
I just finished reading the book The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective. (good book, BTW.) A couple times it went through this sort of reasoning (I'm paraphrasing, but the ideas are correct):
Opportunities for advancement and success are controlled by people. They're the ones that decide on the promotions, give the "secret" tips, give the "breaks", and so on.
Given that people are the key to success, those that know and associate more with other people have more opportunities available to them.
The key to knowing more people and having them in your life is being pleasant/having a positive attitude. People want to be around other people that are cheerful and positive.
So if you're positive, more people will want to be around/associated with you and you'll automatically have more opportunities available to you. By having more opportunities, you'll become more successful since you can select from a wider array of potential options.
The book says it much better than this (much smoother -- I'm a bit choppy), but the idea is that if you have a positive attitude you'll have more friends/acquaintances that present you with more opportunities and you'll be more successful as a result.
Here's my question for you: true or false?
I always associated a good attitude with likeability and it was a tie-breaker (or maybe a bit more) in the work field. If I had two employees and they both delivered great results, I'd prefer promoting the one that was more pleasant to work with than the grumpy fellow I had to constantly cheer up. But the thoughts above take a positive attitude a step further and say that simply by being positive you'll be more successful. They're saying it's not a tie breaker, but a key attribute that can make or break your success.
What's your take on this issue?