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4 wildcard attitudes for every professional

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There are 4 wildcard attitudes for every professional. As much as each career requires a series of specific characteristics, there are some that are essential regardless of the area, sector or profession. Are they:

  1. Autonomy
  2. Self-motivation
  3. Responsibility
  4. Real Emotional Stability

How do you know if you have them? In the absence, how to improve? Find out by reading this article!

Understand more about each of the 4 wildcard attitudes for every professional


A self-employed professional does not need someone to take his hand and direct him to each new activity. He manages to go on independently, reaching the result despite the difficulties.

By being more autonomous, the professional gains more speed and freedom. Autonomy is a personality trait, therefore formed in early childhood. If yours is low, what can you do to make the low presence stop bothering you?

To improve your level of autonomy, start with a simple attitude: ask for feedback from those around you, asking how much autonomy they identify in you. More than being or not being autonomous, ask for examples of situations where autonomy is present and when you had to wait for guidance to follow.

Also, think about your day-to-day activities and answer these questions:

  1. With each new task, do you need to be guided or do you quickly realize what needs to be done?
  2. In relation to what you already know, do you carry out your activities without anyone’s interference or do you need to be directed from time to time?
  3. Do you go and make it happen or do you expect to fall into your lap?

Tip to increase your autonomy:

Note who is the reference. Watch carefully who does what is expected of you very well. At each observation, ask why it is done this way or that way. Ask your questions to be more autonomous when it’s your turn to perform.

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Self motivation

A person with high self-motivation is ambitious, has a strong tendency to take responsibility and is hands-on in favor of their goals, which is what drives them.

In a self-motivated person, motivation comes from within. This means that the energy and strength to act are within themselves, without depending on external stimuli and contexts. The self-motivated person has his ‘own carrots’, without ever conforming to what the other plans for his life, he does what he does because it makes sense to him, instead of doing it just because someone asked or because it is new.

To find out how self-motivated you are, think about your day-to-day activities and answer these questions:

  1. What activities do you carry out because you consider it important, because you are going to develop professionally, because it is part of your goals or because it is part of your career plan?
  2. How many activities do you carry out because it is the expected behavior, the boss asked, is it the company’s objective, is it fashionable or because it is expected by the family?
    Was your response volume higher on the first or second question? If it was the second question, it is a warning sign and that you need to reflect on your self-motivation.

Tips to increase your self-motivation:

• Find out what moves you. Knowing where you want to go, the path becomes part of something bigger.
• Do what you love. Only then will the work be pleasant, done with excitement, with the will coming from within.
• Be consistent with your profile. Do what your personality is favorable and have great room for evolution, being able to be highlighted in the area.


The responsible person avoids problems by making the commitment for themselves. In acting, she influences events around her rather than being influenced by them. You are rational, deliver on your promises, acknowledge your guilt for what happens in your life, and trust your ability to cope.

On the other hand, the less responsible professional is dependent on the destination, never trying to change it, accepting the way things “should happen”, without pulling the weight of the commitment on them.

In a practical example, a responsible professional’s attitude is, when dealing with the budget of his/her sector, to manage it, considering the possibilities of greater or lesser expenses and leaving room for unforeseen events, so that it ends up in the blue. Meanwhile, the professional with less responsibility fails to prevent himself and, when there is an incident, puts the blame and responsibility on external events to justify the misfit.

To find out how responsible you are, think about your day-to-day activities and answer these questions:

  1. You are never to blame for what happens, but do external events always happen around you harming you?
  2. Do you live in the present without worrying about the future?
  3. Does someone often charge you for something that is part of your scope of work and you didn’t do it?
    The more yes you answered, the greater the sign that your level of responsibility is low.

Tips to increase your responsibility:

• Take on your assignments proactively. Rather than waiting for someone to tell you what to do, ask what is expected and do it. Having doubts, no more sitting on top of them and ruminating, ask exhaustively until you understand.
• Never postpone. The activity must be done on time, with no excuses to delay.
• Have focus. Do what needs to be done until the end, with no room for distractions and no stopping and doing others in between.
• Admit guilt. Never throw your responsibility into external events. As much as other elements have harmed you, always see what you can do differently.
• Prevent incidents. Analyze all the variables in that situation and build a previous solution for each one.

Real emotional stability

Having real emotional stability means that a person remains balanced both externally and internally. There are people who appear stable but internally are on fire, it’s what we call emotional stability in disguise.
A person who has high real emotional stability is calm, maintains a mood even in times of stress and knows how to handle frustration. Due to emotional control, those who are stable are considered more trustworthy and easy to get along with.

On the other hand, people with less emotional stability are more sensitive, emotional and can be easily thwarted by dusting. They are more irrational, act without thinking, unable to control their own impulses in the face of stress.

To find out how emotionally stable you are, think about your day-to-day activities and answer these questions:

• Do you have real emotional stability, undercover, or are you explosive?
• Remind yourself of the last stressful situations you went through, how did you handle and feel in them? Screamed, got anxious, fought, didn’t sleep, brooded over the situation in his head, felt fear, sadness, want to cry or give up, got choked with the frog in his throat? If the answer is yes, rate the frequency and intensity of these reactions and feelings, the greater they are, the less real emotional stability you have.

Tip to increase your real emotional stability:

Make minfulleness. It is proven that this constant and recurrent practice really helps in increasing emotional stability.

AUTHOR [Danielle Amate]