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Your Attitude - Not Your Aptitude - Will Determine Your Altitude!

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Throughout my life I have had the good fortune to be surrounded by a field of positive role models. In my childhood, professional career, and martial arts career this has been the one constant. No matter where I look, I have the great fortune to see masters in their field all around me. As a young man, I would look around in wonder at the amazing things that these people where accomplishing and ask myself how such talent always seemed to land so close to me.

On the other hand I have life long friends who have had the misfortune of being surrounded by lying, cheating, and heartache. They had role models who did well only because they had money. People who rose to the top and then looked down upon you from their high perch of success. Unfortunately these friends have not shared in the level of success that I have due to these poor influences.

At least that is what I thought for a long time.

One day not that long ago I had the opportunity to meet with one of these friends over lunch. As we shared memories and thoughts from our youth, it struck me! Like a lightning bolt I suddenly understood why he had not been able to achieve the success he desired.

The positive influences from my life and the negative influences from his life were the same people!

I suddenly realized that the key difference between us was our outlook on the world, and how we viewed the success of others. While I looked on at those around me with amazement and a desire to learn from them, he saw an unattainable level of success and grew a bitterness against those who were better than himself.

Your Attitude- not your Aptitude -will determine your Altitude!

At the beginning of each day, I have the opportunity to determine how my day will go. Will it be a good one? That is up to me!

Will I learn today? That is up to me! Will I be successful today? That is up to me!

One of my greatest life coaches - My Father - Has always taught me that he would rather have someone with heart over someone with talent. This is because talent is fading and can come and go while a person with heart and internal drive is wired that way and will most likely never change.

So what it really comes down to is, Do you have the "Heart" to be successful. Do you have the right motivations and are you willing to carry the right "Attitude" to be successful?

It is not a question of whether you can succeed, but a questions of whether will succeed.

Best Wishes- Jason Franklin

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