Prevail over Prophets of Gloom

Ask an Eeyore about the weather and you will likely get a forecast of rain. Ask an economist about the economy and you will likely hear a prediction of disaster. Listen to the news and you may end up hiding under the bed.

It is easy to be a pessimist, but it is not healthy.

Harvard Health tells us, “…do people who see the glass half-full also enjoy better health than gloomy types who see it half-empty? According to a series of studies from the U.S. and Europe, the answer is yes.” [See source.]

So why is there so much negative news?

“Human attention may be to blame. Physiologically, people are more triggered by negative news than positive news. Scientists see it in skin conductance levels and heart rate variability.” [See source.]

In other words, we are largely being manipulated through fear (to sell advertising).

What is the effect of this fear-mongering?

  • Dwelling on negative thoughts is bad for well-being.
  • Overly negative thinking contributes to depression and anxiety.
  • Pessimism contributes to negative health effects.
  • Pessimists tend to have greater stress and fewer coping skills. [See source.]

    What can you do to prevail and overcome that gloomy feeling?

    First, recognize it for what it is: a natural tendency to protect yourself from hurt by anticipating potential harm.

    Second, don’t behave like a deer in the headlights. You are an intelligent being who can act to avoid negative outcomes by taking action now.

    Third, if it is your career that is bringing you down, call the Barrett Group.

    We have helped hundreds of executive clients land their targeted positions so far this year and we can help you, too, to raise your sights and discover that dream job is indeed within your grasp.

    Remember, there are at least 450,000 executive opportunities available each year [Read more].

    Landed Barrett Group Executive Clients per Industry

    In the chart above you can see how our clients are landing versus the total market in the industries we have so far quantified—a strong correspondence.

    Client landings by Title

    And our clients are landing juicy, executive roles that offer a significant return on their investment in career management. Read Results Don’t Lie: It’s the ROI! for more details.

    Titles can be misleading, of course, as some Director roles are more lucrative than some C-Suite positions, still, 49% of our clients landed in senior executive roles so far in 2023.

    So shake off that gloomy feeling and take action. When it comes to rain-making in the executive market, there is a reason why Forbes cites us as one of the best in the business.

    Give us a call and cheer up. We can help you prevail over those prophets of gloom!

    Peter Irish, CEO
    The Barrett Group

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