I was inspired by this story that Gary Vaynerchuk shared on LinkedIn.

When it comes to professional life, the rule is simple: transform into the person you’d crave as a teammate. Imagine stepping into an office, workshop, or a digital meet-up. Who would you want on your side? A complainer, a blamer, a constant procrastinator? Or would you prefer someone reliable, positive, supportive?

Choose to embody those traits, the ones that make a colleague valuable. Be the individual who uplifts others, who brings solutions instead of problems, who meets deadlines with grace.

Become a beacon of positivity and productivity. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. Make tiny, incremental changes every day that push you closer to becoming the ideal teammate.

Strive to be that person. The one who inspires others, who leads by example. That’s how you create a ripple effect of positivity and productivity.

It all starts with you. Be the change you want to see in your workspace. After all, the quickest way to transform a team, a department, or a whole company, is to first transform yourself.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand & Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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