- 26 Sep
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
I met a young man other day. I’m guessing he was about 30. When I asked him how he was doing, he launched into a litany of complaints about his work, his employer, the “lack of upward mobility” for his generation.
This young fellow has the wrong mental attitude. He is – clearly – defeating his own potential for growth. But, I wondered, how does one define the right mental attitude? Could anyone define the key elements of a right mental attitude?
Perhaps not in a brief post. However, there are two elements of a right mental attitude that seem to me to be essential…and Frank Sinatra may have said it best in the song That’s Life…
I’ve been a puppet, a poet, a pirate, a pauper, a pawn, and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race
This lyric illustrates two keys to having the right attitude: courage and persistence, the courage to start and the persistence to press on and finish.
It also seems to me that every small business owner needs courage, persistence, and much more to survive and succeed.
Am I wrong? Did I miss something?