Atmosphere and Attitude
"I've lost count of how many times I've spoken at Amway meetings around
the world. But I never forget the positive charge of energy I get at
these gatherings. I just spoke to an arena full of independent business
owners for Quixtar, the Web-based business in North America that was
formerly Amway. Nothing has changed from the audiences of Amway
distributors that I started speaking to more than 40 years ago. They're
excited about building something of their own and positive about their
future. It's impossible to be negative in this crowd. A positive attitude
One of the first motivational speeches I gave was called "White Heat." I
used the example of the Apostle Paul as someone who had a white hot
conviction for his mission. Whether spreading the Gospel to cities
throughout the Mediterranean, promoting a new product, starting a
business, running for office, or winning a game, all achievements in life
begin with a positive attitude - the faith that we can do it.
I've never stopped encouraging people to discover the power of a positive
attitude. I spoke recently at a sixth-grade graduation ceremony and
delivered one of the talks I've been giving for decades called "The Three
A's: Atmosphere, Attitude and Action." We can choose to put ourselves in
a positive atmosphere that encourages a positive attitude that leads to
positive action. I told them they can stay with friends who tell them
they can't or choose friends who tell them they can.
I was speaking to another class of sixth-graders about my heart
transplant and the topic led to a discussion about fears. One girl said
she was afraid of the dark. I told her I was afraid of the dark, too. We
all have dark areas in life that we fear - illness, job loss, financial
worries, doubts about our abilities, the state of our economy or the
But if we keep a positive attitude, we discover the light that God has
put in our hearts to overcome the darkness. For most of my life I've been
telling people that they can do it and watching them succeed in ways as
positive as their attitudes.
Rich DeVos is chairman of Gospel Communications. He is also the author
of "Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life," co-founder of Amway
Corp., and owner and chairman of the NBA's Orlando Magic.
[ by: Rich DeVos -- from 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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