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Change Your Attitude

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Change Your Attitude

Creating Success One Thought at a Time

Career Press,

15 min read
10 take-aways
Audio & text

What's inside?

If attitude is everything, then changing your attitude means changing your life.

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Editorial Rating



  • Concrete Examples
  • Engaging


Change Your Attitude is rich with examples and interactive exercises for the reader. The authors do an excellent job of providing comic relief at regular intervals, some of which works. The active, participatory style of this book makes it more engaging than other books in the motivational genre. Much of this vitality comes from the impressive amount of research that went into it. The authors reference well over one hundred books, magazines, and newspaper articles, bringing readers a lively cross-section of ideas. The book’s simple failing: Few of these ideas are new. Nevertheless, getAbstract recommends Change Your Attitude as an entertaining book that covers all of the motivational standards.


The W.R.O.N.G. Attitude

Any thinking process that causes you to act in ways that hurt you or isolate you from others is an example of a wrong attitude. If you want to change your life, you have to identify the attitudes that you need to change. The acronym W.R.O.N.G. highlights five characteristics of destructive attitudes:

  • Worrying about things beyond your control - Don’t be a God wannabe, you are not in control of the universe. Learn the difference between the things you can control (your life) and the things that are uncontrollable (the weather). Unnecessary worrying can make you too weary to handle the things you can control.
  • Rushing to judgment - Don’t jump to conclusions before you have a chance to hear both sides of the story.
  • Overreacting - People with short fuses are always demanding revenge for real and imagined slights. They are most likely to follow through on murder threats. Stay away from overreactors whenever possible.
  • Neglecting areas of control - Neglecters are adult children. They pawn off their responsibilities on friends, family and even employers. They ignore major parts of their life only to obsess on one particular...

About the Authors

Tom Bay is an executive consultant and speaker in the areas of life management, team building, and responsibility. David Macpherson is a senior consultant with the Franklin Covey Co.

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