The importance of attitude in our personal success in any area of life can’t be over-emphasized. Let me relate these quotes by some prominent figures to convey the import of attitude in our life and progress.

“Success in any facet of endeavour is deep-rooted in attitudes, not in aptitudes” - Dr Sidney Bremer. “Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it” - John Maxwell. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” - Walt Emerson. As a matter of fact, attitude is everything. You can only go in life as far as your attitude can carry you. The quality of our personal attitude determines our success far more than our level of intelligence, as we’ll soon see. But let’s first understand the terms, attitude and intelligence.

Attitude is an inclination to respond either positively or negatively to a person, situation, idea, or object. Every action is a product of some stimulus (such as challenge, incentive, or reward); and an individual’s attitude is what determines his choice of action.

On the other hand, intelligence is “a property of mind that encompasses many related mental abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn.”

Psychologist Carol Dweck’s finding shows that our attitude in life is a far more powerful and decisive determinant than our intelligence. She discovered that people’s fundamental attitudes fall under two categories, namely, a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

People with a fixed mindset can’t change. When faced with challenges, they feel overwhelmed and hopeless because they can’t easily adjust to cope with the new demands. On the other hand, individuals with a growth mindset believe that they can make improvements by putting in more effort; they’re also both mentally and emotionally flexible to adjust and cope with changing requirements.

Generally, people with a fixed mindset run away from setbacks, can’t persist, see effort as waste of time and energy, and are averse to any form of criticism. But people who have a growth mindset welcome challenges, have a reasonable force of persistence and resilience, believe in effort as the path to advancement, and are willing to learn from mistakes and criticism.

These qualities empower people with a growth mindset, even if they have lower IQ, to outperform in all facets of life those with a fixed mindset. Since the former use challenges as learning opportunities, they’re able to expand their perspective, broaden their experiences, increase their emotional strengths, and enhance their creative and innovative capacities.

So the ability to handle difficulties, problems and even initial failures, positively is crucial to success. High intelligence that is not backed up by positive attitude is a great disadvantage because instead of seeing and exploiting the new opportunities that emerge, the individual will use his great brain power to analyze why the project, business, or idea, won’t and can’t work.

Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her job as a TV anchor in Baltimore because she was believed to be too emotionally involved in her stories. Her positive attitude enabled her to handle her failure. Today, she is a billionaire, the undisputed television talk show queen.

Walt Disney was also sacked from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas." His positive attitude saw him through. Today he’s also a multi-billionaire.

Some of the ways to build up a growth mindset are:

(1) Develop passion: Your passion can make up for your “deficiency” in intelligence or even talents. Passion is a very strong feeling; it is more powerful than reasoning.

(2) Cultivate flexibility: The world is constantly changing at the speed of thought and light. A static mind can’t move along its path of transformations. So you’ve got to be flexible.

(3) Be proactive: This involves being able to have foresight, create and control situations instead of just waiting to react to them, and being expectant for the best in the future.

(4) Put on your action shoes: People don’t wear shoes and sit down, they begin to walk or run when they put them on. Thomas Henry Huxley says that “The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” And John Mason believes that “Action attacks fear; inaction reinforces it.”

Individuals that are empowered through their attitude pursue their visions and goals relentlessly. Their growth mindset looks for opportunity in everything, and at every place. So engage a growth mindset and take action daily on that dream, and that action should start now!

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