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Had I ever done anything illegal or unethical on job? Ever spoke ill of any of my employers? Ever performed in a way that would cost a company money or customers? Absolutely not. My work ethic was such that I always gave 110 percent, always tried to do what was best for companies where I worked, and prided myself on seeing, suggesting and implementing improvements.
So what was my problem?
And then it finally occurred to me. It wasn't *my* problem at all.
I'd figured out pattern at last. Every time I got "sent to principal's office," (the phrase I began to use whenever I was called in for one of those chats with boss), it was a result of my frustration with what I felt was my company's short-sightedness. I'd rebel against silly rules, get discouraged when people whose greatest talent involved kissing butt were promoted, and yearn for compensation and perks commensurate with my contributions.
If I was willing to give 110 percent to my employer, it seemed reasonable to want 110 percent in return. Time and time again, I met with disappointment. And time and time again, my frustration with status quo would get me into hot water with boss.
What I failed to realize all along was that I was in fact Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. My initiative, my enthusiasm and my dedication weren't character flaws at all. They were merely misplaced.
The day I realized this was day I decided, once and for all, to redirect my focus into starting and building my own business.
On that day, my frustration disappeared. I stopped wasting my time and talent butting my head against brick walls, and began to use them to build foundation of my own dreams instead.
You see, I never had a "bad attitude" at all--simply a "right attitude" in a wrong work environment.
So, you've been told you have a bad attitude? Terrific! Use it to determine your own future and fuel your success.
Mary Anne Hahn is a freelance writer who wants to encourage others to follow their dreams. She is also editor and publisher of WriteSuccess, the ezine of ideas, information and inspiration for people who want SUCCESSFUL writing careers. To subscribe, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org