Winner Takes All: Exceptional People Teach Us How to Find Career and Personal Success in the 21st Century

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CHAPTER SEVEN
DEVELOP A WINNER's ATTITUDE
What Will Get You There,
What Will Hold You Back?

There are certain attitudes, certain ways of approaching your life and the people in it, that will engage the Future and help you go successfully into it. These are in sharp contrast to those attitudes that are detrimental to your creating a successful Future, attitudes you can't "take with you." A winning attitude is one that looks to the Future and actively seeks to explore the Unknown. A winning attitude is courageous, curious, proactive, enthusiastic, hopeful, open-minded, joy-driven, giving, responsibility oriented, and protects by setting boundaries. These are the approaches to their lives and situations that Winners use. What you can't take with you if you are to create success are attitudes that focus on the past and that resist all that which is Unknown. These attitudes include wanting to know all the answers ahead of time, apathy or passivity, self-righteousness, blaming self or others, self-pity and martyring, anger that turns into bitterness, resentment, or rage, and defensiveness. You just can't be successful in the Future if you're dragging behind you all that negative baggage.

Does this mean that Winners don't get depressed, discouraged, apathetic, resentful, have a pity party, mope, or get angry or defensive? Of course not! Winners are people, and people go through the entire range of responses to life when they find themselves in tough situations. The difference is, Winners don't dwell on these. They don't stay there for long. Win

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