The attitude you present tells others who you are, what you are and what to expect from you. When you are viewed as having a great attitude, many more people will naturally gravitate toward you and often will be willing to help you in some way.

The most successful students, leaders and employees present an attitude that makes it clear to everyone around them that they are positive, genuine, competent, self-confident and caring. That is why every college student should come to realize that only with a great attitude can they ever reach their full potential.

Your attitude makes itself known through your words, tone of voice, actions, reactions, facial expressions, mannerisms and body language. It is revealed in every aspect of your thinking and behavior. As people read those signals, they make judgments about you and your potential for success. People with great potential are easy to recognize.

Since you choose your attitude, you may want to take a closer look at the attitude you are presenting to your friends, classroom instructors and employers. If you want to be more successful, you can choose to adopt a different attitude. Because people with an attitude of success tend to focus on eight areas, those “Elements of Success” are offered here.

1. Demonstrate Competence and Professionalism - Employers need people who are
both competent and professional. No employer can survive without them. When
college students can provide examples of their competence and professionalism,
employers will take notice. Students in this category are willing to get their hands dirty
and are quick to help others. They work hard, produce quality work, beat deadlines and
achieve above average results.

2. Build and Maintain Relationships - It may surprise you to learn that most people don’t
succeed on their technical competence alone. No matter how competent you may be,
it is unlikely that you will succeed when the people around you don’t like you. Since few
jobs operate in isolation, you will need others to help you succeed. When people know
that you care about them, they will go to great lengths to help you.

3. Present a Positive Attitude - The most successful students and employees choose to
present a “can do”, “let’s give it a try”, “I’ll do what it takes” attitude. Because of their great
attitude, they influence others in a positive way. Additionally, it is their positive attitude
that offers them the opportunity to overcome the obstacles that stop others in their tracks.

4. Exhibit Self-Confidence - Few people find great success without having a high degree
of self-confidence. Since that confidence can be built slowly over time, students often get
involved with small projects where they can make solid contributions. As those small
successes accumulate, their self-confidence will increase. The more they believe
in themselves, the more successes they will have.

5. Practice Continuous Learning - People with an attitude of success make a special effort to
stay on top of the things that are going on in their field of interest. They recognize that
they can’t remain successful without learning about and utilizing the new developments,
information and techniques. Whenever people fall behind in their field, they lose value.

6. Treat People With Respect - Anyone who doesn’t treat others with respect, regardless
of their position or status, will severely hamper their own success. Successful people
look for the best in others and recognize their unique talents and strengths. They teach
others, build them up and rely on them for help.

7. Develop and Expand Leadership Skills - Successful people don’t do everything by
themselves. They identify a worthwhile goal, stimulate interest, inspire other people to
perform and lead them to a successful result. Since leadership skills can be developed
and improved with practice, those striving for greater success can initially accept a few
small leadership roles. Then, as their skills begin to improve, they can look for
opportunities to take on larger and larger challenges.

8. Look to the Future - The most successful people look to the future. They don’t dwell on
their past successes and failures. Successful people focus on those few goals that will
make things better in the future. People who see the future clearly will recognize the
challenges and problems for what they are. They are the opportunities that the future
presents to us.

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

-- Jeremy Kitson

We know that success doesn’t come to everyone. Too many people just don’t have the right attitude. However, those who will have the greatest achievements understand that, in the end, success favors the people who earn it. That is why they closely follow the eight, rock hard elements of success. You can too!

For more information visit Bob’s web site: Bob Roth is the author of The 4 Realities Of Success During and After College. Bob’s newest book The College Student’s Guide To Landing A Great Job is now available.

Author's Bio: 

Bob Roth, a former campus recruiter, is the author of The College Student's Guide To Landing A Great Job -and- The 4 Realities Of Success During and After College. Known as The "College & Career Success” Coach, Bob also writes articles for more than 175 College Career Services Offices and Campus Newspapers. Additionally, Bob has developed 20 Self-Scoring Learning Tools™ that help college students find success. He has been interviewed on numerous radio programs across the country and also by many newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal. Lastly, Bob serves as an Adjunct at Marist College, teaching a course in Career Development.