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November 17, 2021
BG’s Positively Speaking
Attitude — An Important Asset
The outcome of any situation we face in life is mainly determined by how we approach the problem. It is said that our attitude is the most important asset we possess. This being so, a good result needs a good attitude from the start. On the other hand, a negative impact will invariably be the outcome of a bad attitude. Keeping these things in mind, I would like to relay some survey results brought to my attention.
Robert Haff International, a consulting firm, conducted a survey of 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%)
Taking a closer look at these figures, we find that reasons 2-6 are all attitude controlled. Not one of them 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 forms a cloud over our thought and reasoning processes, making us unable to see our way ahead. It stops us from having a vision of a better outcome to the situations we find ourselves in. If you’re not where you want to be. If you are not getting the results you seek, take a good look at your attitude…
It’s YOUR Most Important Asset!
The Walmart Greeter
Charlie, a new retiree and now a greeter at the local Walmart store, just couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was five, ten, fifteen minutes late. But Charlie was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company. He obviously epitomized the “Older Person Friendly” policy of Walmart. So one day, his supervisor asked him into the office for a chat. “Charlie, I have to tell you,” “I like your work ethic; you do a bang-up job, but your being late so often is becoming bothersome. “Yes, I know, boss,” said Charlie, “I am working on it.” “That’s good, I know you’re a team player, and that’s what I like to hear.” As Charlie left the office, the supervisor said, “I know you are retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say if you came in late there?” Charlie looked the boss in the eyes and said, “They said Good morning Admiral, can I get you a cup of coffee?”
Where In The World?
Can you guess where in the world the
glass-bottom glacier sky-walk, pictured above, is located?
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Editors Quote Book
“In the brocken places the light shines through.”
A New Experience
Bill decided to take his girlfriend to her very first football game. They had great seats located right behind their team’s bench. After the game, Bill asked his girlfriend how she had enjoyed the experience, “Oh, I really enjoyed it,” she responded, “especially the big muscles and the tight pants. But I couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents. Somewhat dumbfounded, Bill asked, “What do you mean?” “Well,” she said, “they flipped a coin, and one team got it. Then for the rest of the game all, they kept screaming was, ‘Get the quarterback, Get the quarterback”.
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For Amusement Only
ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Expect the unexpected. Lavish yourself with the gift of time. Relax and enjoy a few days off.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: Someone else is holding the purse strings. You may have vey limited influence in loosening them.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: An interesting co-worker may be just what you have been looking for. Make an offer they cannot refuse.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Small misunderstandings get in the way of good friendships. Voice your frustrations and be done with it.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: A special project comes to a standstill. Step away from the problem and a solution will present itself.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your ability to entertain will come in handy when asked to amuse young people. Give ‘em what they want.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: A contractual agreement should be in writing. Don’t someone buffalo you into signing the wrong document.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: When it comes to marital prospects, time is on your side. Don’t be in a hurry to take the “Big Leap”.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: New developments put a new slant on your work. Listen to those in the know and take their advice.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Don’t accept anything if it doesn’t meet your standards. Stick to your guns, and your high expectations.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Energize and motivate others into pulling their weight. You can’t possibly pull the whole load alone.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: Keep your opinions to yourself a little while longer. There’s no sense in upsetting the apple cart while it’s full.
A Growing Business
The scene in the picture above is of an Ontario Christmas tree farm. But if you were to visit the farm or any other tree farm at this time of year, you’re not likely to see such a tranquil scene.
Canada is the world’s largest exporter of Christmas trees, and now is the season for harvesting. Quebec accounts for 55 percent of the exports, followed by Nova Scotia. In 2017, at least 2.3 million trees with a total value of $49.4 million were exported, spreading holiday cheer worldwide. Trees can be harvested and marketed in different ways. Some operations are known as “choose-and-cut” or pick-your-own farms, which allow customers to walk through the planted land, select their Christmas tree and cut it down themselves. Wholesale operations are more labour-intensive because they usually require the farmer to complete baling, cutting, moving the trees to a roadside pick-up, and loading the harvest.
Growers also harvest trees by digging and balling the roots and selling the trees as nursery stock or live, reusable Christmas trees. This last option allows trees to be harvested earlier than the usual six- to ten years required to grow a mature Christmas tree.
Above And Beyond
According to a news report, police in Wellington, New Zealand, went above and beyond for one particular emergency call. A dispatcher answered the call, and a little voice started out, “Hi. Police lady?” The 4-year-old Then the little voice went on to say, “I’ve got some toys for you. Come over and see them.” Then, an adult took over the phone, confirming that it was not an emergency but her four-year-old son playing with the phone. The dispatcher, however, sent Constable Kurt over anyway. The little boy showed off his toys to the officer. then had a “good, educational chat” about using the emergency number (111 in New Zealand). “He did have cool toys,” Constable Kurt confirmed. He reciprocated by turning on his patrol car’s lights for the boy.
The Last Word
There are only two reasons for someone to enter our life.
They are there to help change us,
or we are helping them to change.