Advice for Students

Attitude: the Key to Success

January 18, 2012  |     |   0 Comment

Happy 2012! This is the time during the year when, typically, we become introspective – we look at our past year, evaluate our weaknesses and strengths, and plan our goals to build on both in the year ahead. This is an important exercise to do, otherwise we run the risk of becoming complacent, stagnant, simply “existing”. Life is too short to just “be”.

I believe that behind a person’s success exists a positive attitude that provided the strength and gusto required to get her or him to that end. Attitude is the key to one’s success.

As you endeavor to plan your goals for the year ahead, here are some of my personal “attitude check-in” mantras that assist me in never losing hope, giving up, or believing that I can’t accomplish anything I put my mind to. They aren’t anything you have not heard before, but are still nonetheless powerful and motivating:

1. Wake up with an attitude of gratitude.

2. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

3. Don’t live with regret; look for the positive lesson to learn in each and every situation, no matter how difficult or disappointing.

4. Learn something new everyday.

5. Because you are here, you are important.

6. Don’t envy your competitors; learn something from their success.

7. When all else fails – smile.

8. Have a good handshake.

9. Never be afraid to ask for help.

10. At the end of the day, take stock of all of your blessings.

Now, go get-em!


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