Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Why should a brilliant young man whom everyone predicted would become a pacesetter end up as a truck driver? Why should a lady who was so brilliant academically end up as a receptionist for life? Why should a diligent young man who was so zealous about business end up as a laborer in the market?
One of the major answers to these questions is attitude! Your attitude will not only determines your altitude, it will determine how long you would stay at the top! Attitude is so important that you can never bypass it. You can never circumvent attitude. You may be intelligent, but if you have bad attitudes, you will never get a job. You may be a talented sports person, but if you have bad attitudes, no coach can include you in his team.
David J. Schwartz shared the following. “A person I know very well was inducted into the Army shortly after earning the Ph.D degree from a leading New York university. How did he spend his three years in the Army? Not as an officer. Not as a staff specialist. Instead, for three years he drove truck.
Why? Because he was filled with negative attitudes toward fellow soldiers (“I’m superior to them”), toward army methods and procedures. (“They are stupid”) toward discipline. (“It’s for others, not me”) toward everything. This fellow earned no respect from anyone. All his vast store of knowledge lay buried. His negative attitudes turned him into a flunky.”
He went on to say, “Several years ago I became a close friend of Phil F., one of the senior officers of a major advertising agency. Phil was director of marketing research for the agency, and he was doing a bang-up job.
Was Phil a “brain?” Far from it. Phil knew next to nothing about research technique. He knew next to nothing about statistics. He was not a college graduate (though all the people working for him were). And Phil did not pretend to know the technical side of research.
What then, enabled Phil to command $30,000 a year while not one of his subordinates earned $10,000? This: Phil was a human engineer. Phil was one hundred percent positive. Phil could inspire others when they felt low. Phil was enthusiastic. He generated enthusiasm; Phil understood people, and, because he could really see what made them tick, he liked them. Not Phil’s brains, but how he managed those brains, made him three times more valuable to his company than men who rated higher on the IQ scale.”
You can see that your attitude, not your certificates, determines your placement in life. The first man had Ph.D, but was reduced to a truck driver because of his negative attitudes. The second man did not graduate from any university, but with positive attitude, he earned more than those who were more educated than him. Our attitudes will always determine our placement in life.
It is said that out of every one hundred persons who enroll into the university in some developed nations, fewer than fifty will graduate. A director of admissions at a large university said that, “It’s not because of insufficient intelligence. We don’t admit them if they don’t have sufficient ability. And it’s not money. Anyone who wants to support himself in the university today can do so.
The real reason is attitudes. You would be surprised, he said, how many young people leave because they don’t like their professors, the subjects they must take, and their fellow students.” The same reason, negative thinking and negative attitudes, explains why the door to top-flight executive positions is closed to many young junior executives.
Sour, negative, pessimistic, depreciating attitudes rather than insufficient intelligence hold back thousands of young executives. As one executive said, “It’s a rare case when we pass up a young fellow because he lacks brains. Nearly always it’s attitude.”
Am sure you have read the story often told about the job attitudes of three bricklayers. When asked, “What are you doing?” The first bricklayer replied, “Laying bricks.” The second answered, “Making $9.30 an hour.” And the third said, “Me? Why, I’m building the world’s greatest cathedral.”
Now, the story doesn’t tell us what happened to these bricklayers in later years, but what do you think happened? Chances are that the first two bricklayers remained just that: bricklayers. They lacked vision. They lacked job respect. They had negative attitudes. There was nothing behind them to propel them forward to greater success.
But am sure the bricklayer who visualized himself as building a great cathedral did not remain a bricklayer. Perhaps he became a foreman, or perhaps a contractor, or possibly an architect. He moved forward and upward. Why? Because positive attitudes will always move us forward.
An attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about something. It is a persons behavior towards other people or his or her career. If your behavior is negative, it is going to affect you in the future. But if it’s positive, just like the third bricklayer, it’s going to lead to great success.
Kindly take a look at yourself. Is your attitude limiting you? Is it moving you forward? How do you relate to your colleagues and clients? Ask one or two persons to tell you the honest truth about your attitude. If you’re doubting their sincerity, you can meet your boss or your mentor who will definitely tell you the truth. Great talent minus good attitude has turned potential global personalities to local champions.
If you discovered that people usually say negative things about you, kindly review your attitude towards others. Don’t just wake up in the middle of the night and start binding the spirit of hatred. Sit down and analyze yourself. Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Zig Ziglar opined, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Allen Klein puts it this way, “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some brighter colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” Dear friend, kindly work on your attitude, because your attitude will definitely determine your altitude in life and destiny. Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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