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Friday, May 18, 2012

Lean Quote: Ability, Motivation, Attitude

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"CAbility is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." — Louis "Lou" Holtz (born 1937)

We are all good at something. Knowing what you are good at can make all the difference. Your skill level determines the level at which you are able to actually do things. If you have a high level of skill, that’s good. And the better you get, the better it will be for you. To the degree that you can perform your actions at higher and higher skill levels, the more and more success you will find.

Being self-motivated is an important quality to have in the workplace. Self-motivation is a form of self-encouragement. You tell yourself that you have the capacity to perform still better and surge ahead. This keeps you pushing further until you reach your goal.

In determining how we face our challenges it is our attitude that is the key. You are not responsible for everything that happens to you, but you are responsible for how you react to what does happen to you. You have a choice as to what your attitude will be.

Having the right attitude can make the difference between success and failure. A positive attitude can motivate other people to change their negative thinking and come over to your side. Everything is possible with right attitude behind you to push you forward. And since you do have a choice, most of the time you'll be better off if you choose to react in a positive rather than a negative way.

You must have all three working together to be truly successful.

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1 comment:

  1. A good analysis of the quotation. Keeping a positive attitude can help overcome even the large obstacle.