By Emily Bivens | Jamestown

In the recent months, I’ve seen a struggle with this push and pull of attitudes in our community. While you can’t control what others think, you can control how you respond. Knowing your weaknesses is important, but it is also important for you to speak highly of your successes and, dare I say, brag once in a while.

One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in business and in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships, and everyone around you. We each have the power to choose if we are going to be bitter or better. Your attitude toward your business rubs off on your existing and potential customers, your staff, your suppliers and your investors.

The Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers and staff support Jamestown because we believe this town is worthy. We represent over 300 loyal business members that make up over 6,700 hardworking employees. We are working to show that Jamestown is a town worth the investment. Yes, we have our struggles, but we have so many positive things happening that also need our attention. That is part of the reason the chamber offers award programs such as the Business of the Month, Customer Service and Yard of the Week. We want to ensure that those great things aren’t going unnoticed. At the end of the day, all we can hope for is that our positive attitudes rub off on our community.

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I want to challenge you to not just focus on the good moving forward, but to point it out to someone. Let’s be proud of our amazing community and all the great things we have to offer.

Bivens is executive director of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce.