25th February 2002, 12:41 AM
Harvard and Stanford Universities have reported that 85% the reason
a person gets a job and gets ahead in that job is due to attitude; and only
15% is because of technical or specific skills. Interesting, isn't it? You
spent how much money on your education? And you spent how much money on
building your positive attitude? Ouch. That hurts.
Now here's an interesting thought. With the "right" attitude, you
can and will develop the necessary skills. So where's your emphasis? Skill
building? Attitude building? Unfortunately, "Neither" is the real answer for
many people. Perhaps if more people knew how simple it is to develop and
maintain a positive attitude they would invest more time doing so. So here
Five steps to staying positive in a negative world:
1. Understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Yesterday ended
last night; today is a brand new day, and it's yours. You were born to win,
but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and then you can
expect to win.
2. Become a lifetime student. Learn just one new word every day and in five
years you will be able to talk with just about anybody about anything. When
your vocabulary improves, your I.Q. goes up 100% of the time, according to
Georgetown Medical School.
3. Read something informational or inspirational every day. Reading for 20
minutes at just 240 words per minute will enable you to read 20 200-page
books each year. That's 18 more than the average person reads! What an
enormous competitive advantage . . . if you'll just read for 20 minutes a
4. The University of Southern California reveals that you can acquire the
equivalent of two years of a college education in three years just by
listening to motivational and educational cassettes on the way to your job
and again on the way home. What could be easier?
5. Start the day and end the day with positive input into your mind.
Inspirational messages cause the brain to flood with dopamine and
norepinephrine, the energizing neurotransmitters; with endorphins, the
endurance neurotransmitters; and with serotonin, the
feel-good-about-yourself neurotransmitter. Begin and end the day by reading
or doing something positive!
Remember: Success is a process, not an event. Invest the time in your
attitude and it will pay off in your skills as well as your career.
Think of it.......