The Magic Ingredient

It happens every day. My dentist relayed to me recently that he was about to hire a new member for his office staff. I’ve narrowed the applicants down to the final four, he offered, and have pretty much decided who it will be. How’d you decide? I asked. His reasoning was simple. It echoed the results of a nation-wide survey of business hiring executives reported in the Wall Street Journal not too long ago.

You see, everyone’s looking for it. It has incredible value. We like, love, and respect people who have it. It’s results seem almost magical. If you’ve already got it, you know it (and are undoubtedly reaping the benefits). If not, you also know it. The good new is, it doesn’t depend on how well you did in school, doesn’t take years to develop, nor cost a bunch of money. What is it?


Attitude is a reflection of the person inside. And while the external
circumstances in your life might go crazy from time to time, you can
always chart your own path by grabbing onto a great attitude. Viktor
Frankl, psychologist and survivor of the holocaust in World War II,
observed the following: We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

Are you getting the results you want?

Think about it. Having a great attitude is not the result of having a
great life; having a great life is the result of having a great attitude.

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