If you’ve been following us lately, in our last post we shared the story of a character we dubbed as Captain Backwards. It shows how a negative thinking person gave up right before he was about to succeed.
Working from home does have its perks – however, they do have some drawbacks as well. And one of the best ways to become successful in combating these common drawbacks in an online job, believe it or not, has a lot to do with the way we think.
Read almost every book or article that has ever been written that’s associated with success and you will see that it almost always dwells on the topic of a positive attitude and mindset. There is literally a whole industry created because of the need to help professionals have the right mindset and drive productivity in a company.
Hundreds of self-help books about goal setting and mind-setting have been published, giving testimony to the fact that even Fortune 500 companies care about how their employees think. The same principle is also present in the online jobs market. Employers are becoming more aware of hiring people who have the right mindset, motivation and drive.
Like our fictitious character that had a negative attitude of giving up and listening to a lot of negativity that is surrounding him, many Filipinos who aspire to be hired in an online job are dwelling on a lot of negative attitudes and recruiters are getting wiser in detecting these bad traits right on the interview process.
The irony is when it comes to outsourcing is that Filipinos are great online workers because many of us speak and write great English, which is one of the first requirements of having an online job. But some Filipinos have the tendency to dwell on negativity and laser-focus on it that it actually dominates their positive traits and skills. This negative way of thinking has plagued many Filipinos who are aspiring to find an online job.
In a recent article I read from The Philippine Star, Rose Fres Fausto wrote that the “Philippines is the World’s Emo Nation“. That tells A LOT, huh? 🙂 Yup, we Filipinos are indeed emotional time bombs. But here’s the catch . . .
When we dwell on negative things, we tend to overreact and let our emotions control us. But just think about it. If negative emotions or negative thinking can affect us in our personal and professional lives, the same applies if you can “convert” that negative energy to a positive one. It will affect you in an awesome way as well. Luckily, negative thinking brains can be cured.
In today’s post, we will share three of the most common negative attitudes some online job seekers have and why it can hamper their effectiveness. We’ll also share some simple straightforward tips on how to overcome the “negative brain” syndrome when it comes to working online so you can be a highly effective outsourcer that will drive your online career to higher levels.
Of course, there are other negative attitudes, but for now let’s focus on these three big ones that will guarantee that you will NOT BE HIRED. Did you read that? Yup, YOU WILL NOT BE HIRED if an employer senses that you possess these negative traits. And you don’t want that to happen now, do you?
So if you want to apply for an online job and you want to have a chance to get hired, you need to get rid of these 3 major NO-NOs. Here we go:
STAYING IN THE COMFORT ZONE FOR TOO LONG
This is one common issue with some online job seekers; they don’t want to get out of their comfort zone. They detest it. This comes from preconceived ideas that when they start working from home with their first online job, they can sit around their house, goof off and go on a movie marathon all day and still get paid. In reality, it is not the case.
Having an online job can be as demanding as a regular office job. Often times, our work in the outsourcing industry can be more challenging than your typical 9-5 office job. In every job, there are perks and there are some drawbacks; you can’t have everything laid out for you just as you want it to be all the time. Employers are looking for applicants who can think out of the box and get out of their comfort zone when needed.
Did you notice what I wrote? ‘STAYING IN THE COMFORT ZONE FOR TOO LONG’ I deliberately used that term because wanting to be within your ‘comfort zone’ is perfectly natural. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable, that is our basic human instinct – to be comfortable and remain comfortable whenever possible.
However, the problem arises when we NEED to step out of that comfort zone and face some challenges. If our mind is set on just one direction and is too rigid to evolve once in awhile, then that way of thinking will hamper your productivity and effectiveness.
So before you apply for an online job, ask yourself “Am I willing to go out of my comfort zone if needed? I am willing to take challenges head on to excel in my career?”
If you are not prepared to do that, you may still get an online job, but one that this probably stagnant and will eventually be given to someone else who has more passion and desire to excel.
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
NOT WILLING TO FACE THE PAIN OF EXCELLENCE
The first time I saw this pyramid during one of our leadership training courses when I was still working in one of the top insurance and investment companies in the Philippines, I learned a valuable lesson.
I understood what I needed to face to achieve success; and that is pain. In order to reach the level of excellence at the top of the pyramid, you need to face PAIN and look at it straight in the eyes.
Now let’s not over react here. 🙂 What kind of pain are we talking about? It really depends on your line of work when you get hired for an online job. Here are some of the most common “pains” newbie outsourcers encounter:
- Pain of learning new materials and training
- Pain of self-discipline when working from home
- Pain of having to adjust to your employer’s time difference
There are many examples, but you get the idea. In an online job, if you plan to build a real career as an outsourcer, you must embrace pain as your ally. Once you do this, expecting that there will be challenges along the road, then it is easier for you to overcome it rather than having the false belief that an online job is a walk in the park.
Again, working online has its many benefits but it’s not a job for the weak at heart and for those who cringe at the thought of having to “suffer” because of new learning they need to endure.
You can choose to bring your laptop to a coffee shop or even to a beach if you want to, as long as you can do your work. You can’t do that with a typical office job. But expect that there will be some tough challenges along the way too, especially if you are new and you are presented with new training materials that you have to learn on your own.
Working online, doing SEO, link building, article writing, being a virtual assistant is a profession, and like any other profession, it has its stages of learning and you need to update your knowledge. Take for example a doctor; if he doesn’t read the latest medical journals, it doesn’t matter if he graduated from medical school with flying colors. He needs to endure the “pain” of learning new advances in his field or suffer the consequences later on.
The same goes with an online job; the Internet marketing landscape is changing so drastically that if you are not prepared to update yourself on a regular basis, the skills you have today may not be that in-demand 6 months from now.
This image plainly shows that PAIN is part of the master plan of excellence in our professional lives and it should be accepted. If an online job applicant has a mindset that he or she doesn’t want to experience any sort of PAIN with their online career, that is a bad sign already.
I have had the pleasure of attending one of Francis Kong’s inspirational talks and I was blown away by his business wisdom. From then on, I was an avid follower. I read an inspiring article from Mr Francis Kong before, and I thought I’d share it here in this post because it’s very informative and relevant. They are simple but amazing tips on how positive thinking can help you be more effective in your online job and stop looking at the pain that comes with it by focusing on the positive. Great mentor, you should follow this advice. 🙂
Have the right positive mindset of accepting pain as part of your success and you will learn valuable lessons as well as gain your much needed professional online work experience. That mindset alone will bring amazing results to your career. When your mind is set in the right direction, then pain is not perceived as pain at all, but a great learning opportunity to excel and a great stepping stone that will take you to the next level. Remember, it’s all in the mind.
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”
– Tony Robbins
NOT OPEN TO NEW LEARNING
If there are attitude problems with rookie online job seekers, those who have previous work experience when it comes to online jobs have their own battle with the mind; and here is one classic example.
There are a few online job applicants who feel that since they have done some online job tasks in the past, they know everything. When they are being called to an online meeting with their team leaders, you can feel their acrimonious attitude when teaching them new things.
If it’s not a resentful attitude you get from these so-called veterans, some give off an air of not being open to learning new things. They have this mindset of not wanting to improve their knowledge and feel that what they know is enough. They don’t want to exert any effort at all to learn a new skill and be self-motivated to grow from just a follower who takes orders to someone who excels by being resourceful and shares new ideas that can help the company.
Few may argue that some people are like that “naturally” and that it is just the way they are. Then if that is the case, then I guess those are the kinds of people who will not stay long in an online job. If they do manage to retain an online job with that kind of thinking, then it will most likely be a “click this, click that” job that doesn’t require much brain juice. They will not be given new responsibilities that will excel not only their career but their salary as well.
I disagree to a certain point about this “natural” reasoning, saying that a person is a negative thinker because they are born that way. I believe, and this is through experience, that every person has the capacity to change his or her attitude IF he has the willingness to change and the right MINDSET to begin with.
Dr. Stephen Covey, popular author or the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” called this phenomenon a Paradigm Shift. He says in his book that if you want to change a person’s attitude, you need to change their Paradigm or the way they see the world around them.
If done correctly, if online job applicants will have a “positive paradigm shift” and start seeing how valuable their job is, how it can open up new opportunities for them to earn more while not having to leave their families and work from home; that positive view about their online job, the SHIFT in the way they see their job can dramatically turn those negative attitudes around. And when that happens, prepare for awesomeness!
Employers LOVE to give the right training materials to candidates who are willing to learn and add more to their knowledge. If they sense that you are not up to the challenge, they may still retain you, but your tasks will be limited. We call these online job applicants “clickers” because that is all they want to do. A job that doesn’t require much brain work, just clicking away like an automated robot.
The bad news is, time may come that a new software will be developed that will ultimately replace what these lazy outsourcers are doing and there will be no more jobs waiting for them when they wake up.
By that time, even if they wanted to learn new skills, it may be too late. Because while they are still reading those training documents, those wise outsourcers who took on the challenge earlier, who changed their perspective about consistently upgrading their knowledge and skills, will be miles ahead of them.
So one important thing that an outsourcer should do is to take way that negative thinking of not wanting to be challenged by learning new stuff. Always see yourself as a green fruit that is consistently in need of more information, because the moment you see yourself ripe, that is the moment you will begin to rot away.
“When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.”
– Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc
So what have we learned here?
Don’t think that your skills alone will be enough to get you hired. The business world is constantly evolving and so are the requirements job seekers must know and understand in order to get more attention and be the one hired for an online job opening.
Employers are checking if the applicant has these negative attitudes and filter out people who they think may end up showing these negative traits. You may be able to fake it for while and get past the interview and actually get hired. But in the long run, it will still show and will affect your career big time.
The best solution is, face your negative brain and find ways to get rid of it RIGHT NOW. If you think you are a negative thinker, there’s always something that you can do to fix it.
Having an online job can be challenging; you may need to learn new stuff while the one training you is hundreds of miles away.
Having a positive attitude that accepts pain as part of your professional growth and a mindset of always being open to new learning are key character traits employers are looking for in an applicant. If you are highly skilled and you have these great, positive and professional traits, your online job will surely flourish. 🙂
I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite leaders in history. See YOU in the next post! Jordan here, signing off.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
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