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BG’s Positively Speaking
Attitude – An Important Asset
The outcome of any situation we face is mainly determined by the attitude with which we approach the situation. It is often said that our attitude is the most critical asset; if this is so, a good result requires a good attitude from the start. A bad result will invariably be the outcome of a bad attitude. With that in mind, I would like to relay some facts that came to my attention.
Robert Haff International, a consulting firm, surveyed 100 large companies. They asked these companies the primary reason for firing employees. The results were…
- Incompetence (about 32%)
- Inability to get along with others (18%)
- Dishonesty/Lying (13%)
- A negative attitude (12%)
- Failure/refusal to follow instructions (8%)
- Lack of motivation (8%)
- All other reasons (9%)
Looking at these figures, we find that reasons 2-6 are all attitude controlled, and not one refers to the person’s lack of skill or knowledge. Approximately 59% of people lose their jobs because of a destructive or undisciplined attitude. As if to underscore the Haff survey, the Carnegie Institute concluded in a different study that only 15% of success is attributed to technical or skill training. 85% of success is gained by the person’s attitude. When we adjust our attitude, it allows us to think with a greater degree of clarity. Negativity clouds our thought and reasoning processes, making us unable to see our way ahead. It stops us from envisioning a better outcome for the challenges we face. If you’re not where you want to be. If you are not getting the desired results, look at your attitude…
It’s YOUR Most Important Asset!
Editors Quote Book
“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.”
— William Osler
A nursery school teacher was delivering a minivan full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children began discussing the dog’s duties. “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.
“No,” said another. “He’s just for good luck.”
A third child brought the argument to a close with this comment: “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”
Jack complained about his journey to work on the subway, “It happens every day. I get stuck behind these really slow people on the stairs. The thing that puzzles me is how they keep beating me to the stairs!”
A Valued Opinion
A new playwright extended a special invitation to a well-known critic to attend his new play. The critic accepted the invitation but slept through the whole performance. The irate playwright asked the critic, “How could you do that, knowing how much I valued your opinion?” “Sir, said the critic, “My sleeping is my opinion.”
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: You do the same old thing every day. Spread your wings; see how far you can fly. Destiny calls.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Discard your old ways. Seek help from family and friends. You will find support where there has been none.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: Travel into uncharted territory becomes available. Sign on for the ride. Good things will happen to you.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Experience is the greatest teacher. So, seek advice from one who has it. Listen carefully to what is said.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: Love is often where we least expect it to be. Don’t be so quick to jump into a new relationship.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Accepting an opportunity to change careers could be beneficial. Consider all the benefits before making your decision.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Take control of an abusive situation before it controls you. Don’t be manipulated. Stand up for yourself.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Health concerns will put some stress on the family dynamics. Things will get back to normal in short order.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Your quest to become more informed is being noticed. Others are coming to you for help and advice.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Social activities are keeping you “hopping .”Make sure you allow some time to relax and recoup.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: As your romance continues to blossom, make sure it’s right for you. Guard against making too many changes.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: You may be overlooking something important on your new project. Review and modify before continuing.
If The Pilgrims Were Alive
The teacher tried desperately to get the students to think in class. He asked, “If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?”One student quickly responded, “Their age.”
The Piano Tuner
The doorbell rang, and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with a tool chest, on the front door. “Lady,” he announced, “I’m the piano tuner.” The lady exclaimed, “Why, I didn’t send for a piano tuner.” The man replied, “I know, but your neighbors did.”
It’s All In The Name
Have You Heard …?
Bats Alive! According to a Vancouver Sun report, after moving into a Vancouver condominium apartment in June, Miles Nurse and Jennifer Plomt discovered that (A) the unit was infested with bats and (B) British Columbia law prohibits disturbing the animals during their breeding period, meaning they probably will not be removed until the about the end of August. The downsides of sharing your space with roughly 80 bats include (among other things): Multiple rounds of rabies shots, lost sleep due to high-pitched nocturnal squealing, and the surprise of finding the occasional bat pup in one’s bed.
Some Mothers Do Have Them! In May, police in Manchester, New Hampshire, arrested 49-year-old James Coldwell, who they said had robbed a local bank several days earlier while dressed as a tree. Investigators said Coldwell’s features were easily discernible on security video despite his disguise, which consisted of branches duct-taped to his shirt and head.
The Last Word
No one is good at everything,
but everyone is good at something.