The Truth About Attitude

Scott Westerman
3 min readAug 31, 2021
Photo by Stephane YAICH on Unsplash

I preach positive attitude a lot. The truth is “positive” often has nothing to do with it. Getting what you want is almost always about tenacity.

Let’s review the hierarchy.

  • Cause and Effect: Everything happens for a reason. Act and there will be a reaction. Attitude is a cause. What happens because of attitude is an effect.
  • Our value to others is proportional to what we can do for them: The concept of selfless service is a myth. For a relationship to last it must be mutually beneficial.
  • What we want and what we need can be vastly different: We can convince ourselves that we want something or someone. There are a ton of unhappy, rich people. What we need is sustenance, physical, intellectual and emotional. People, places and things that fill that need draw us to them. Attitude is the mindset we develop to chase our desires.
  • Intention does not always lead to the desired outcome: The things you do for the right reasons can blow up in your face. A positive attitude does not always guarantee a positive response.
  • Repetition drives the law of attraction: People who have a clear picture of their goal and keep pressing toward it will probably achieve it. They develop a stoic attitude in the face of painful reality. They keep getting up every time they fall. They keep diving back…