John C. Maxwell, irrefutably deserves his title, “America’s expert on leadership”. His book Attitude 101, published in 2003, is one of his earliest works. In this 73-page book, John C. Maxwell teaches us about attitude and how much of an effect it has on who we pan to be.
He simply defines attitude as; “nothing more than a habit of thought.”
He further elucidates on what, who and where, we get our attitude from and how each of those factors have a corresponding relation to our ages. For example, he posits that from birth till around age 5, our attitude is formed mainly by our environment. At around age 6, our attitude is formed by expressions of words, adult acceptance and affirmation. From ages 6 to age 10, our attitude is formed by our self-image and exposure to new experiences.
As he has always done, John C. Maxwell provides insight, knowledge and wisdom, in a way that is as inviting as it is enriching. He dwells on the subject of attitude because as common as it is, it must be one of the most overlooked elements of human behaviour. Often times, we ignore how huge an impact, a small thing such as attitude, has on us, as individuals, on those around us and ultimately, the world.
In his words:
“We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose change.”
Grab a copy of this small but potent book by America’s expert on leadership, and awaken the inner leader in you!
Review by Aura Billy Osogo