When a leader listens to malicious gossip, all the workers get infected with evil. ~ Proverbs 29:12
Author Denis Waitley says, “The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, in a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is in the attitude, not aptitude.” Unfortunately, many people resist that notion. They want to believe that talent alone (or talent with experience) is enough. But plenty of talented teams never amount to anything because of the attitudes of their players.
Take a look at how various attitudes impact a team made up of highly talented players:
- Abilities + Attitudes = Result
- Great Talent + Rotten Attitudes = Bad Team
- Great Talent + Bad Attitudes = Average Team
- Great Talent + Average Attitudes = Good Team
- Great Talent + Good Attitudes = Great Team
If you want great results, you need good people with great talent and awesome attitudes.
Not Without My Family!
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ~ 1 Timothy 5:8
Every day parents and spouses leave their families in the pursuit of success. It’s almost as though they’re driving down the road, and they get pretty far along before they realize they’ve left members of their family behind. The tragedy is that many value their careers, success, or personal happiness more than they do their families. They decide that it’s too much work to go back, so they just keep driving.
But what many are now realizing is that the hope of happiness at the expense of breaking up a family is an illusion. You can’t give up your marriage or neglect your children and gain true success. As Nick Stinnet asserted more than a decade ago, “When you have a strong family life, you receive the message that you are loved, cared for and important. The positive intake of love, affection, and respect . . . gives you inner resources to deal with life more successfully.”