Importance of Attitude

Ability teaches us how we do, motivation determines why we do, and attitude decides how well we do.

Posted by TWW Team on October 26, 2020

William James of Harvard University said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” A study attributed to Harvard University found that when a person gets a job or a promotion, 85% of the time it is because of his attitude and only 15% of the time because of intelligence and knowledge of specific facts and figures.

When your attitude is right, we realise that we are all walking on acres of diamonds. Opportunities are always under our feet. We don’t have to go anywhere. Lost opportunities are easier recognised when they are leaving rather than when they are coming. An opportunity only knocks once. The next one may be better or worse, but never the same one. That is why it is so crucial to make the right decision at the right time. A right decision at the wrong time becomes a wrong decision.

Executives in major organisations say that they would like to change the attitude of their employs. With a better attitude, people can be better team players. People can be your biggest asset or your biggest liability.

Shiv Khera talks about TQP in his book- You Can Win. TQP is Total Quality People. They are people with character, integrity, good values and positive attitudes.

Someone once approached Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and said, “If I had your brains, I would be a better person.” Pascal replied, “Be a better person and you will have my brains.”

Source: You Can Win by Shiv Khera