Attitude is Everything in Business and Life
I founded a local non- profit networking group for business women back in April of 2008. It had many challenges but the rewards were greater. The biggest thing I struggled with was the attitudes and unprofessionalism of many of the members. We started out with 12 women at our first luncheon and grew to over 500 members. We held annual bazaars, workshops, brought in guest speakers and worked hard to provide something worthwhile and fun.
One thing I learned was, you cannot instill business ethics or professionalism in people. They either have the desire to excel and be successful, or they don’t. I heard month after month of excuses, women being late to the luncheons and many who couldn’t follow through with an RSVP or notifying you of a cancellation. Made me wonder how they treated their customers and did business.
Networking is not about “what’s in it for me”; it’s about what you can do for others. Many of the women didn’t understand that concept, nor did they want to. They were too focused on me…Me…Me!
After five plus years of running the business, I retired. Only a hand full of women from the networking group have succeeded, and the rest, fell to the way side. I’m a firm believer that attitude is everything in business and in life!
Written by Vicki Elam
Posted on January 26, 2013, in Business Journal, Target Market and tagged business attitude, business focus, business networking, business objectives, focus on client retention, longterm business planning, understanding your market, where is your business focus. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.