The value of attitude

I am the smartest person who ever wore these pants.

  • If these pants are new I was smart for picking them.
  • If these pants were used then I’m smarter than the idiot who gave away a perfectly good pair of pants.

Either way, I win.

I’ve been given a few reminders about the value of attitude this week in various ways. I find attitude to be an interesting thing because it is the belief that one possesses some quality (or doesn’t) and can be en/disabling. 

Let’s face it, there are plenty of highly productive people who we’ve all thought at one time or another “isn’t really that good” at what they do yet they are still highly productive. I’ll leave defining the notion of success for another day (I once spent a year of research at an organization to help develop measures to track success to no avail – a hornets nest if ever there was one).

At the same time, there are people who are confident and firm in what they do and that helps them be ‘successful’ in life whether we think they are ‘good’ at what they do or not. 

Attitude can equally be debilitating in that a bad attitude becomes self-fulfilling. Think of a glass half-empty scenario. Negative attitudes tend to bread ‘negative outcomes.’ 

But why I ask?

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that attitude is at play in the field of invisibility, privileging affect (emotion) to the extent that it transforms what we see, hear, and how we exercise our power.