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Almost doesn't count.

But your attitude does

Would you like to make more money, have more fun, enjoy life more, reduce fatigue, increase effectiveness, get along better with your neighbors, contribute more to society, enjoy better health, and improve your family relationships? ... All of these things are not only possible but entirely probable with the right mental attitude.

This is one thing about which everybody agrees, whether they are doctors, lawyers, teachers, salespeople, parents, kids, Democrats, Republicans, coaches, or athletes. They all share the opinion that your attitude, as you undertake a project. is the dominant factor in its success. In short, your attitude is more important than your aptitude. A study by Harvard University revealed that 85% of the reasons for success, accomplishments, promotions etc. were as a result of our attitudes and only 15% because of our technical expertise.

As a matter of fact, William James, the father of American psychology, stated that the most important discovery of our times is that we can alter our lives by altering our attitudes. In layman's language, we are not "stuck" with the attitude we have. Whether good, bad, or indifferent, it can be--it will be--changed.

In your race to the top in the game of life, the difference between success and failure is frequently measured in minute amounts. The difference between happiness and unhappiness, making or missing a sale. being champion or an also-ran is often measured in inches, but the difference in rewards for the winner and the also-ran is enormous.

There is no commission on the sale you almost make, no fun on the trips you almost take, and no security or joy in the promotion you almost get. There is no thrill in "almost" doing anything in the game of life. The thrill comes from the accomplishment, and many times the difference between accomplishment and failure is having the right mental attitude.

Attitude has many facets.... Take, for instance, your own attitude. If you are a student and you study for good grades, you will get them. But if you study for knowledge, you will get even better grades and considerably more knowledge. If you strive to make a sale, you will probably make it. Strive to make the sale in such a way that you build a career, and you will sell even more and build your career in the process. If you work only for a salary, you will get one, but it will probably be small. If you work for the betterment of the company you represent, not only will you get a bigger salary, but you will get personal satisfaction as well as respect from colleagues. Your contribution to your company will be infinitely greater, which means that your personal and professional rewards will be greater.

Based on See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar (Pelican Publishing, $2,5). Copyright c 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Pelican Publishing.
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Title Annotation:right attitude does.
Publication:Black Enterprise
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2001
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