Thursday, May 7, 2015


Great thoughts on enthusiasm from John Maxwell via his book "The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player."

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People can succeed at almost anything for which they have enthusiasm.”
-Charles Schwab
1. Take Responsibility for Their Own Enthusiasm. Successful people understand that attitude is a choice—and that includes enthusiasm. People who wait for external forces to help them spark their enthusiasm are at other people’s mercy all the time. They are likely to run hot or cold based on what’s going on around them at any given moment. However, positive people are positive because they choose to be. If you want to be positive, upbeat, and passionate, you need to take responsibility for being that way.

2. You cannot win if you do not begin.

3. Spend Time with Other Enthusiastic People. Denis Waitley, says, “Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker.”

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates remarked, "What I do best is share my enthusiasm."
Be willing to do more. One way to demonstrate enthusiasm with your teammates is to go the extra mile with others. This week when someone asks you to do something, do what’s required and then some. Then quietly observe its impact on the team’s atmosphere.

Elbert Hubbard said, “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.”