Attitude is Everything in Business and Life

Vicki ElamRunning a business has its ups and downs. An entrepreneur of 25 plus years, I’ve seen my share of good times and bad.

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


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Posted on January 26, 2013, in Business Journal, Target Market and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have seen the same things and it makes me sad. I wondered if it was a generational thing at first. I discovered it was’nt. It’s just the way of the world. We’re not in Kansas anymore. lol

  2. Thank you for this, I am working with a networking site right now, and we offer free business presentations several times a week, it amazes me the people who say they are going to come and don’t, I am offering this FREE, I would jump at any chance for free networking and marketing, we are working on solutions, but I do find it funny how unprofessional and unmotivated people can be!

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