Every workplace has a mood hoover, someone who’s glass isn’t just half-empty, but has sprung a leak! These people are less likely to be as successful as those who have a positive attitude.

The good news, is that if you think you’re the office mood hoover, then it’s not too late to change your ways by implementing the habits of those who are effective and successful.

Here’s our top 5 tips.

  1. Network.
  • Get out and meet like-minded business people, chat with them, share ideas, get to know them and then work with them.
  • You’ll be surprised how many connections you can make with people who are in a similar or complimenting industry or the business referrals you can pick up from those in a completely different industry.
  • If you’re struggling to know where to find a networking group, then the BNI is an international organisation that has chapters all over the world. Check out where your local one is by visiting their website and then arrange to go as a guest.
  • Each area will also have independent groups you can go to. For example, in Mansfield, there’s the Mansfield Town FC Breakfast Networking Group and Mansfield and Ashfield 2020.


  1. Trust your gut.
  • Don’t let others try and dissuade you from doing what you know is the right thing.
  • There are too many people who will try and talk you out of things, because they don’t think it’s right or because they can’t see your vision, but if you feel it’s the right thing then go for it.
  • Walt Disney was turned down for finance for Disneyland 302 times, before someone took a chance. JK Rowling was rejected 12 times by publishers, before “Harry Potter” was published and Lady Gaga was told that she didn’t have the right looks and wasn’t pretty enough to be a headline singer. She’s now broke numerous Guinness World Records, won 3 Brits, 16 Grammys and sold over 27 million albums.


  1. Read.
  • There’s science behind the benefits of reading! Reading stimulates your mind and helps keep it healthy and active.
  • Choose books that you will enjoy, some people will advocate only reading self-help books to aid your development, but these might not be your thing. Reading for me is an escape, so I like to choose a book I can lose myself in for a while, it helps me relax.
  • I do however like listening to audio books and podcasts as I work, I tend to choose a business based one as this inspires me as I go about my daily tasks and I can have it on in the background.


  1. Don’t see failure as failure.
  • How many times have you heard people say, “If I knew what I knew now”?
  • We all make mistakes, we all wish we could do things differently, but the fact is, it’s those mistakes that have helped shape where we are now.
  • Try and see each failure as a step in your personal development, don’t beat yourself up over them. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, learn from them and move on.


  1. Set Goals
  • People who write down their goals are 42%* more likely to achieve them.
  • Once you’ve set up your free Dalmatian profile, you can not only use it to apply for a job or create a CV, but you can also use it to write down your personal goals.
  • These won’t appear on your CV or be visible if you apply for a job via Dalmatian, but it’s there so you can see it and track how you’re doing.
  • The goals might be career orientated, such as get promoted within 12 months, achieve a new qualification, or complete a new project. Or something more personal, write a book, get married or get fitter for example.

These are just a few suggestions and this is by no means an exhaustive list, but by making small changes, you will begin to notice a difference in your effectiveness and your attitude to things.

We’d really like to know what your keys to success are?

*Research from Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California.

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