For most of your life, you probably learned to compete and to focus on your personal accomplishments. Happiness expert Shawn Achor argues you can achieve more when you work with others. Going it alone leads to isolation, unhappiness and realizing only your “Small Potential.” When you lift others up and work as a team, you can achieve your major goals, or “Big Potential.” Using an easy if slightly hokey mnemonic – “SEEDS” – for the steps he says you should take, Achor provides a blueprint for making minor changes that can have a big impact on your life and help you become a significant leader regardless of your position in your organization. Achor says to build your career by establishing a system of positive influencers around you. Learn to give praise and recognition. Create a defense system against negativity. And, sustain this foundation so you can realize your greatest potential.
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Shawn Achor is a researcher and expert on happiness, potential and success. His TED Talk has garnered more than 15 million views.