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Preface

Preface

Hardly anyone ever starts from scratch. In life–personal and at work–we all build on the results of those who’ve gone before: family, co-workers, people who earlier shaped the environments and situations that affect us today.

This fourth edition of Attitude: Your Most Priceless Possession builds on the foundation set by Elwood Chapman through three previous editions and his nearly fifty years of observation and reflection on questions like: “What is an attitude?” “Why are some people more positive than others?” “What can I do to stay positive?” “How can I restore my attitude when it sags?”

Changes in the fourth edition are subtle but important:

  • It contains more examples, with additional details drawn from real situations.

  • It’s more interactive: read; pause to reflect, analyze, and discuss; then write down ideas, conclusions, and techniques which you can apply.

  • Finally, the structure of this book leads to action by prompting you to compile these ideas, conclusions, and techniques into an Action Plan that improves your daily work and personal life–starting now.

There’s an important assumption that flows throughout this book: your attitude belongs to you. It’s what you decided it is, not what anyone else says it “should be.” Changes you make are changes which you decide to make. Your attitude is your most priceless possession!

Wil McKnight

Acknowledgements

This book is dedicated to my dad, who, for nearly 90 years, has demonstrated the priceless benefit of a positive attitude, and to my friend, Laurene, who helped me get my attitude straightened around and focused on what’s really important. “What counts can’t be counted,” she says.


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