“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with us … we are in charge of our attitude.” – Chuck Swindoll
I’m proud to work with a team of people who try to approach their work with a positive attitude in everything they do. At ParenteBeard, our core set of values – our COMPASS – guides our firm culture. We recognize our team members who exemplify these values and serve as role models for all of us. Recently, a team member who was nominated for a COMPASS Award sent me the above quote in response to her nomination, citing it as a source of inspiration for how she approaches not only her work, but life in general.
It’s emails like this and the interactions I have every day with team members that reinforce why I wake up each morning excited to push myself as the leader of the firm. Surprisingly, it’s the positive attitudes we bring every day that form the basis of the firm’s COMPASS values – not the other way around.
Tomorrow on your way in to work, consider a more positive attitude. A little change in your attitude can make an amazingly big difference in the entire culture of your workplace. Let me know how it changes your perspective, as well as that of those around you.
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