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Four Traits to Cultivate in 2018

As we rang in the New Year, we thought about our goals and the tools we’ll need to succeed. Amid the aftermath of holiday magic and the promise of a fresh start, here are four essential qualities to gain in 2018:

Grit

 “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” says Angela Duckworth, the psychologist, genius grant recipient and author who spearheaded studies around the trait. Her research illustrates that talent may not be the best indicator of success in the long term. Surprisingly, neither is IQ. According to Duckworth, the magic recipe is a seamless blend of hunger and persistence. The key indicator of a top performer isn’t whether they have the natural abilities or gifts to cross the finish line, it’s whether they have the drive.

In a nutshell, it’s effort. It’s tenacity. It’s finding a long-term goal that you’re passionate about, and having the stamina to see it through. No matter what your goals may be (landing that dream job, learning a new language, getting a promotion or growing your business), strengthening your stick-to-itiveness can get you there.

To view our post on grit in its entirety, click here. 

Agility

Instead of fighting change, roll with the tide and embrace the transforming landscapes of life and work. There’s no doubt agility can help you advance in life and your career, so in 2018, aim to make it part of your DNA.

This means having the ability to think on your feet, go with the flow and adapt to change. The people who exhibit agility at work are typically risk takers with a hunger to learn. They are deeply invested in the future of their role, their company and their world. When changes arise, they don’t get discouraged. Agility is the person pivoting without frustration when a project they are working on goes wrong. It means adopting the latest gadgets, being forward thinking and embracing flexibility.

To view our post on agility in its entirety, click here.

Curiosity

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat- it just made it smarter. Being inquisitive opens us to new information and experiences that can help us thrive in the workplace and beyond.

Research shows that curious people are happier, healthier and more empathetic. Our brains are wired to be curious, and releases feel-good chemicals like dopamine when we tap into that drive. It feels fantastic to challenge ourselves, learn new things and embrace the unknown. Curiosity is also what motivates us to make new connections and leads to stronger relationships.

The key ingredient of curiosity is one word: why. Remember to ask thoughtful questions about things you don’t know much about. Explore the unknown, pay attention and start questioning. To spark curiosity, be inquisitive about the unfamiliar. If you’re usually laser focused only on your role, ask about what your coworkers are working on. Explore new topics by reading articles or listening to podcasts. Most importantly, to be passionately curious, always be learning. Take risks, ask questions and invest in new interests. Wide-eyed wonder will lead to the growth you’ll need in 2018.

To view our post on curiosity in its entirety, click here.

Vulnerability

“Vulnerability isn’t weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” – Brene Brown

Demonstrating openness in an unpredictable world doesn’t make us helpless, it makes us courageous. Letting our walls down in relationships doesn’t make us powerless, it makes us more connected.

According to research professor and author Dr. Brene Brown, vulnerability is uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. This trait is the core of hope, accountability and empathy. To live with vulnerability is to embrace authenticity and truly be yourself. That’s why it’s the underlying root of human connection. Brown suggests letting ourselves be seen…vulnerably, deeply, seen and loving with our whole hearts. Even though there’s no guarantee, this is how we can better build connections, foster kindness and find success in our personal and professional worlds.

To view our post on vulnerability in its entirety, click here.

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