Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm

‘If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.’ – Bruce Barton

This is an essential life skill for everyone, but especially for younger people charting their way to workplace success.

I learnt this vital lesson very early in my career: it is possible to make up for a lack of experience, a lack of skill and a lack of know-how in your chosen career by compensating your shortcomings with sufficient enthusiasm.

And on the other side of the coin: no amount of skill and experience can make up for the absence of enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is one of the critical success skills needed to build a winning career. Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm.

In my opinion, the three single biggest success skills in your life are Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Rapport. Remind yourself of these by using the acronym EAR.

Wake up each day with the right attitude, display genuine enthusiasm in all you do, build authentic rapport with everyone you deal with and I guarantee you will achieve all you want in life. 

‘Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.’ – Ivern Ball

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketing consultant, speaker, trainer, columnist and author. Buy a copy of his book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times at a smart bookstore today ( /


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