Can Bad Habits Be Good?

Let's face it; everyone wants to be successful. Whether in business or elsewhere, productivity leads to success more often than not. There are misconceptions about the habits of productivity. In fact habits with negative connotations can be, in essence, good. There are seven of these habits that Sonia Simone points out in her article "7 Bad Habits of Insanely Productive People" that can be used for good when managed correctly. These habits are as follows:

1. Being thin-skinned

Critics of being thin-skinned talk of making sure things don't affect you, but to be successful you have to allow some impact from words others have. Taking criticism and making it positive is one of the most sought after tricks of the trade.

2. Flakiness

Flakiness in itself is a bad thing, but flakiness from doing a large amount of work isn't terrible. This shows that you are an important and busy person, and the important part of flakiness is always responding to people in a decent time frame as professionally and courteously as possible.

3. Selfishness

Selfishness is all about making time for you and not overworking yourself. The idea is to make sure to set aside time for projects outside of the major one at work and allow yourself the time off that is necessary to keep you running at 100%.

4. Greed

The concept of greed seems bad, but is actually a good thing to have when trying to grow a company. If you think that money may be the root of all evil, and that people are prone to bad things if they seek it, then your business will more than likely falter and fail. Being greedy about your company's growth and profitability should never be a bad thing.

5. Distractibility

Being distractible can be counterproductive, but a person who is more distractible may also be more prone to creativity and innovation.

6. Self doubt

A little bit of self doubt can go a long way. You want to have a small amount of self doubt to be constantly questioning your practices to better support the goals and outcomes of your company.

7. Arrogance

Arrogance about your product and service is absolutely necessary to getting your name out to the market. Without belief and bragging about your product it is extremely difficult to get anyone to understand why they should purchase it.

These seven habits can easily be turned from "bad" to "good" with the right focus and energy, and can help you continue to grow as an employee and as a person.