An Attitude Determines One’s Altitude

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
Zig  Ziglar

The word attitude is always mentioned in everyday conversations, anytime and anywhere, whether it be a complaint or compliment.  It’s hard to define attitude but it is often  expressed by our body language and by the looks on our faces.

Our attitude dictates our performance.

At school, there are pupils or students who excel in aptitude tests but their report cards reflect low grades and sometimes failing grades.  When asked by the parents, the teachers usually suggest that the pupils or students have bad attitude in class.

At work, we wonder why an employee who has high intellectual capacity could not be given high position in office.  When asked, the CEO usually answers that he or she has a bad working attitude which oftentimes affect his or her work performance and relationship with his or her co-workers and clients.

In the book Fish, Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen said:

“You always have a choice about the attitude you bring to work each day.  That choice determines the way you are at work.  We can bring a moody attitude and have a depressing day.  We can bring a grouchy attitude and irritate our co-workers and customers.  Or we can bring a sunny, playful, cheerful attitude and have a great day.  We can choose the kind of day we will have.”

During one of my trips, I saw a sign which reads:


1% die

3% move away

5% other friendships

9% competitive reasons (price)

14% product dissatisfaction


68% quit because of an attitude of indifference

toward them by some employees.

In his book, the Winning Attitude, author John C. Maxwell said:

“There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

To attain high altitude in life, we must strive to have a positive attitude.  The CHOICE is yours.

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