“Visionaries. They’re the ones that tune out those who complain about everything but actually have solutions for nothing!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Don’t become known as a professional whiner!
Don’t become known as that person who complains about everything and actually has solutions for nothing – you’ll quickly become known as that person who is full of a vacuous, hollow mind. Refuse to be the person who criticizes everything – become the one who gets the reputation as being full of suggestions. Don’t be the person known as someone who never contributes any ideas at your team meeting – become known as the ideas person. Don’t find fault with things – find opportunities for improvement. Don’t vote against things – vote for the important things.
The key point is to focus on the upside, not the downside; the potential opportunity, not the risk; the positive, not the negative.
Like it or not, your leadership team will quickly notice if you develop an aura of negativity, a cauldron of cynicism, a glow of gloom around you. Organizations and the people within them tend to identify those who are continually negative with the mark of imminent failure – tagging them as the downers, the whiners, the complainers, skeptics, the anti-change deniers. They become known as those who have a future anti-virus engineered into their DNA. They find their invitations to participate in what comes next to be severely limited.
While you are at it, limit your own exposure to them – because if you spend too much time with them, you’ll find your attitude compromised. Get too much of a downer dose, and you run the risk of becoming one of them, similarly marked, because you’ll fall prey to their negativity.
I practice what I preach! This was the first version of today’s quote: “The sad truth: We are surrounded by a remarkable number of people who complain about everything but actually have solutions for nothing!“
For a time, I studied it, rewrote it, kicked it around – until I found it offered up an opportunity for action, rather an observation of frustration!