Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Nate Vogel from the Southwestern Company has trained thousands of top producing salespeople. He always teaches his West Coast and Canadian sales teams “Your attitude determines your altitude”.

Attitude Determines Your Altitude


Attitude is a funny thing. It can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

My father was in a board meeting a while back and the CEO was going around the table to each division head and blasting them for their slow year in production. The CEO started to lay into the man that was sitting next to him and his reaction was different from the rest. Instead of putting his head down and letting the CEO effect his attitude, he was smiling with his head held high. This infuriated the CEO and caused him to lay into the gentleman even more telling him to “wipe that look off of his face” and asking him “what are you smiling about?”. The unwavering manager stood up and said “no disrespect… but you can yell and cuss at me, but no matter what you will never be able to take away my positive attitude”. After the bold leader sat down the CEO’s demeanor changed and said with a smile “that’s the kind of attitude we need around here!”

Attitude is not something that people are born with. Attitude is a choice that his made everyday. Are you going to choose to embrace what life dishes out and make “lemonade out of life’s lemons”… or are you going to be an emotional wreck who lives a life of drama and uncertainty? Ultimately people are attracted to the one with the brightest attitude, and repelled by the one with the worst attitude.

Make your choice. Attract or repel. Lemonade or Lemons. Consistency or uncertainty. Smile or scowl. How high of an altitude do you want to go in life? It’s your choice that you make daily that will determine the altitude of your success. Don’t let anyone or anything take that daily choice away from you.

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9 Responses to “Attitude Determines Your Altitude”

  1. Nate Vogel has the best attitude of anyone I have ever worked with. No wonder he is such a success.. business is EASY with an attitude like that.

  2. Thanks for sharing! What a great reminder to start my day!

  3. Bravo…
    I continue to read on the subject of attitude and you are right it’s one thing we have complete control of.

    good quote by Charles Swindoll

    “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

    Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home.

    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

    The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes”.

  4. I have found that the biggest factor that contributes to a person’s ability to control their attitude is their level of self awareness. It starts by being AWARE of our attitude. When you catch yourself, you can change. It is all about cultivating this self awareness and a sincere desire to live a happier life.

  5. Could not agree more. My attitude is definitely something I need to consistently work on, and I find myself to be the most productive when I have a positive and winning attitude!!

  6. Charlie Swoboda Says:

    when you catch yourself you can change… wow…

  7. I like reading a post that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!

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