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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING …Change your attitude … change your life
By Jeff Keller
First published in 2015 and in India in 2017
by: Harper Collins Publishers India
Short book of 128 pages
Price Rs 199
Jeff Keller is the founder President of, ‘Attitude is everything, Inc.,’ that happens to be his organisation. For more than 20 years he has delivered presentations on attitude and motivation through this organisation. He is also the author of the book, ‘Here’s to your success’ which contains 62 of his most popular essays. Jeff is a native New Yorker and has the accent to prove it.
The subject book is inundated with lovely quotes of many renowned personalities and that itself gives a great fillip to the book because of which it impacts the readers. Jeff is a lawyer by qualification. But he hates his profession and thinks it is not his cup of tea. So one day he decides to move out of this profession. Where, his wife Dolores supports him changing his career line. He then transforms from a lawyer to a motivational speaker. But before taking a stand in life he doesn’t forget to change his attitude.
He dwells on the concept of THINK—SPEAK—ACT. The book is a deluge of inspiring sentences and I’m sure it must have taken a great amount of effort for the author to pull out these quotes and proverbs from the lit-treasure. He convinces … Ones attitude is ones window to the world. And he goes on to define attitude quite comprehensively. He defines attitude as the secret power working 24×7. The author gives a sound correlation between attitude and success. If your attitude is positive you’re only bound to succeed he says. Thinking is another parameter important to achieve your dreams in life he feels—we become what we think about.
Then he even talks about attitude versus action. Another very striking point that he makes in his narration is about circumstances … your circumstances reflect what you’ve been thinking about.
While talking about success he advises not to count on overnight success but work hard for it. And also be so certain about it so that you can have an optic hallucination about it beforehand. So picture it for yourself.
In whatever you do, first commit to yourself, and you will surely move mountains. Even when you’re working for a company or doing a job, commit first to yourself that you can deliver. It further narrates about converting your problems into milestone opportunities.
Another important point that he makes is when he cautions you on the words you utter. Watch your words he says—repeat anything often enough and it will start becoming you—when he quotes author TOM HOPKINS. Which is quite similar to the Hindi word THATHASTU (as you wish) that God might use to bless his bhakts. Remember, your words have the potential to blaze a trail (find a new path). When we keep repeating certain phrases over and over again, it as if forms a groove in our mind.
The author lays a lot of importance on the negative & positive responses from the people when you wish them. For example when someone asks you, ‘how are you’ and the way you answer is very important in determining how you’re going to be.
We should also stop being on a complaining mode as it brings down your wherewithal to respond to situations. And we should always associate with positive colleagues, friends and even relatives and should move away from naysayers or cynics.
Then he makes some other important points such as confronting your fears. If you don’t confront your fears the fear will only grow on you. Talks about networking which is extremely important in today’s day and age and also advices you to be a good listener.
Overall it’s an interesting book. With a lot of highlights you might already be aware of but then it’s been packaged quite well in appropriate sequence that impacts one’s mind. Written in lucid language easy to understand. Where each page is formatted quite well and looks very attractive—good job by the publisher.
If nothing else this motivational book could even be picked up for the fascinating quotes and proverbs of various renowned personalities.
Although it is a good read for all age groups I would definitely recommend it more for the working age group.
I would give the book seven out of ten.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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