The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.
I have been lucky enough to work out of a home office for most of my career. The few years that I had an office to report in to, I would get stuck in traffic daily. It gave me many opportunities to look at other people’s faces, as their days were off to very “slow” starts too.
- Some looked sad
- Others had blank stares on their faces
- Some looked angry or frustrated
- Others even looked dazed
On occasion, some were smiling, while others where actually singing! It blew my mind how many people looked unhappy though. Is it realistic to believe that all of them looked that way because they were unhappy going to work? Of course not. Some may have been dealing with other issues too (many were of course frustrated by the continual traffic jams).
I spoke at a local Toastmasters Conference several years ago and had a tremendous time! My discussion focused on the basics of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and how to use the social website “Meetup” to attract guests to local club meetings.
When my presentation was over, I continued to chat with several attendees. A couple of people took particular interest in what I was doing online with social media to build my brand. I recall comments like,
- “You obviously don’t have kids. How could you do all this other stuff and work full-time?”
- “What kind of day job do you have?”
- “How much time do you spend on social media per day?”
I heard the phrase “are you grinding it out” once and it inspired this post!
- was never a superstar at any sport as a kid, but what they lacked in talent, they more than made up for in heart and desire
- had trouble maintaining their “A” and “B” grades from high school in university, even failing one course!
- had several jobs over a few year period, struggling to find the right fit
- while firmly established in their career, and was let go from jobs on two different occasions
- was inspired one day, to pick up a pen and started to write
- finally took a leap of faith after many months and started a blog
- dove deep in to their profession and researched heavily in the internet marketing space
- started to connect with incredible people online via social media one by one, day by day. They kept moving forward using the mantra “A Little Bit Every Day” (thanks Jeb Blount!)
- struggled with the demands of a day job, a busy family life and extra curricular activities; but still often made time to write and develop their network
- like most people, has good days and bad days, but refuses to give up; keeps moving forward and constantly reminds themselves how close they are to their goals
I saw this picture at a school I was attending a Toastmasters meeting at. I just LOVED it 🙂