You can't always help what happens to you, but you can help what happens in you.

I was spending time with a good friend the other day and asked how she had been doing. She told me a fascinating story about how she realized that she didn’t like being around people with bad attitudes. But the most intriguing thing about her story was that she realized this because she was notorious for her bad attitude! One day, when she encountered someone who also had a bad attitude, she couldn’t stand to be around that person. So she decided to change.

It was like a lightbulb went off in her life. And she began to work on her attitude.

  • Attitude is a choice.
  • Attitude is felt by those around you. You’re not the only one who feels your attitude.
  • Attitude is affected by your perspective.
  • The best companies hire for the best attitudes. (read more here)

The 5-star luxury hotel brand, Four Seasons says that they hire for attitude, then teach skills.

I once heard a brilliant story that illustrated how attitude can set the trajectory of your life…

A man went into an interview and was handed the company’s latest annual report. He then was shown a seat and said they would be with him in about 15 minutes or so.

There were other people there also waiting for an interview who looked quite disgruntled for having to wait.

“Perfect,” thought the man to himself, “fifteen minutes will give me plenty of time to read through this report…"

As he began to read the company report, he noticed a small paragraph inserted on the second page that read, “If you’re reading this, STOP, get up, and show the receptionist this paragraph…"

The man was granted an interview immediately. No one else had seen that small paragraph because they didn’t read through the company report with eyes to see. They either didn’t read the report or skimmed read it.

John Maxwell said, "People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”

How’s your attitude?

(photo via shumona sharna)