3 Things That Positive Entrepreneurs Never Do

As much as I enjoy being an entrepreneur, I’ll admit that it can be a tough gig sometimes.

I’ve encountered those moments – and I’m sure you have too – where it can be hard to keep a smile and plenty seems to be going wrong.

However, people with a positive mindset are able to navigate the day-to-day (tough situation or not) with ease and grace, and stay positive, no matter what.

Here’s are some of the things that positive entrepreneurs never do to maintain that attitude:

They don’t work with negative people

Positivity is proven to be contagious. Unfortunately, so is negativity.

That’s why positive people refuse to work with the latter. At my firm, I took this even a step further by screening for a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. I’ve realized that this is one of the biggest keys to success, and treat it as a deal-breaker; no matter how qualified a candidate is otherwise.

Even if you aren’t in charge of hiring, you can and should surround yourself with people who maintain a similar positive attitude, and avoid the rest.

They don’t ignore fun

It’s true that every success story involved a lot of long days and putting one’s nose to the grindstone.

But even top performers need a break every once and a while. For instance, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team wouldn’t be nearly as effective if they avoiding taking time on the bench. And ignoring fun is one of the biggest things positive entrepreneurs never do.

So don’t forget to have fun – those few minutes are beyond worth it. If your schedule is hectic (whose isn’t?) consider putting fun into your schedule, like all your other tasks.

They don’t spend time feeling sorry for themselves

Barbara Corcoran discovered that her happiest and most successful employees had one thing in common.

She said, “The difference was not their education, not their contacts that helped in the beginning, not how hard they worked–[it] was that when they took a hit, the superstars took a lot less time to feel sorry for themselves.”

That’s why positive people avoid feeling sorry for themselves at all costs. Don’t color me wrong, you should treat every setback as a learning opportunity. But after learning all they can, one of thing positive entrepreneurs never do is cry over spilt milk (or lost dollars).

If you enjoyed these tips, check out my weekly column at Inc. for more. Have any tips of your own to help navigate the workday and stay positive? I would love to hear from you!