Attitude Outweighs Aptitude

Attitude Outweighs AptitudeBeing an under-paid educator for most of my life, I have had the opportunity to hold down a number of jobs during the summers to make ends meet.  And, while I was not overtly checking out the various work places that I labored at, I did come away with some pretty interesting observations.  And, one of the main things I observed is, “Attitude Outweighs Aptitude.”

While I am talented and skilled in several areas, I discovered that most bosses would choose me to do “special projects” over other more proficient workers because of my “Yes, Sir!” attitude. You see, I think John C. Maxwell summed it up pretty well when he said, “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” No doubt about it, a positive attitude will give off good vibes!

Some people may look at the idea of “attitude” with a jaundice eye, but I happen to agree with what I consider three major intellects and what they say about it:

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Winston Churchill

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
Albert Einstein

 “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Zig Ziglar

In closing, I would just like to point out that your attitude will determine the importance of your work and the value of you to your employer and your work place.  You see, I totally agree with William J. Brennan, Jr. when he said, “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

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