Thought For The Day… Zig Ziglar on Attitude!
Years ago, Zig Ziglar declared, “It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.”
When Ziglar said that, a lot of people saw it as a catchy phrase or a bit of fluff from a mere “motivational speaker.” After all, Zig was a salesman. What did he know?
Apparently quite a bit.
1. The Power of a Positive Attitude
The latest research proves he was right. In fact, attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ, grade point average, or almost any other factor you can think of. Dr. Martin Seligman proved that in his monumental, ground-breaking book, Learned Optimism. He found that negative people get sick more often, are divorced more frequently, and raise kids who get in more trouble.
Dr. Seligman even found that negative people make less money. In one long-term study of 1500 people, group A or 83% of the people took their particular jobs because they believed they could make lots of money. Only 17% of them — or group B — took their jobs because they happened to love their jobs.
Twenty years later, the two groups had produced 101 millionaires. The amazing thing is, only one of those millionaires came from group A, but 100 of them came from group B. That’s significant.
Even more amazing, over 70% of those millionaires never went to college. And over 70% of those who became CEO’s graduated in the bottom half of their class. Seligman concluded that it was their attitude, more than their aptitude, which determined their altitude.