There was a man who made living selling balloons at a fair. He had all colors of balloons, including red, yellow, blue, and green. Whenever business was slow, he would released a helium-filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one. They would come up to him, buy a balloon and his sales would go up again. One day, he felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around and saw a little boy who asked, “If you release a black balloon, would they also fly?” The man replies with empathy, “Son, it is not the color of the balloon; it is what inside that makes it go up.”
The same thing applies to our life. It is what inside that count. The thing inside of us makes us go up is our ATTITUDE. Have you ever wondered why some individuals, organizations, or countries are more successful than others? It is not a secret. The people simply think and act more effectively. They have learned how to do by investing in the most valuable asset – people. I believe that the success of an individual, organization or country, depends on the quality of their people.
William James of Harvard University said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” Experience has shown that human resources is the most valuable asset of any business. It is more valuable than capital or equipment. Unfortunately, it is also the most wasted. People can be your biggest assets or your biggest liability.
TQP – total quality people
None of us works unless we have the right foundation, and the right foundation is TQP. What is TQP? TQP is total quality people – people with character, integrity, good values, and a positive attitude. For example, some customer service programs teach participants to say “pleas”, and “thank-you”, give smiles and handshakes. But how long can a person keep on a fake smile if he does not have the desire to serve? Beside, people can see through him. And if the smile is not sincere, it is irritating. My point is, there has to be substance over form, not form over substance. But keep in mind that they come a lot easier when accompanied by a desire to serve.
Someone once approached Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and said, “If I had your brains, I would be a better person”. Pascal replied, “Be a better person and you will have my brains”.
The Calgary Tower stands at 190.8 meters. The total weight of the tower is 10,884 tons is below ground (approximately 60%). This shows that some of the greatest building has the strongest foundations. Just like a great so does succeed. And the foundation of succeed is attitude.building stands on a strong foundation,
Your attitude contributes to success
A study attributed to Harvard University found that when a person gets a job, 85% of the time it is because of their attitude, and only 15% of the time because of how smart they are and how many facts and figures they know. Surprisingly, almost 100% of education dollars go to teach facts and figures which account for only 15% of success in work!
This book is all about 85% of success. Attitude is the most important word in the English language. It applies to every sphere of life, including one’s personal and professional life. Can an executive be a good executive without a good attitude? Can a student be a good student without a good attitude? Can a parent, teacher, salesman, employer, employee be good in their roles without a good attitude?
The foundation of success regardless of your chosen field is attitude. If attitude is such a critical factor in success, shouldn’t you examine your attitude toward life and ask how your attitude will affect your goals?
A Little Black Pen