A study attributed to Harvard University found that when a person gets a job, 85% of the time it’s because of their attitude, only 15% is because of how smart they are or how many facts and figures they know.
What matters most comes from having well-developed soft skills and only a few percentages come from hard technical skills. But almost all we learn in schools and colleges is “facts and figures”, rather than “attitude”.
They taught us to “remember” rather than to “learn”. They taught us to focus on what machines and instruments we can create, rather than what can we do better as human beings. This system somehow pulled us to the “superficial”, we are more focused on our goals; we forget that it’s actually our attitude that will affect our goals.
I absolutely love this story and it is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear this quote.
Once, there was a man who made a living by selling balloons at a fair. He had all the colors, there were red, yellow, blue, green, white, and purple.
Whenever he thinks that his business was slow, he would release a helium-filled balloon into the air. And when the children saw it go up, their eyes sparkled with excitement. The children would then come up to him and buy a balloon. This made his sales would go up again.
He continued this process every day.
One day, he felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around and saw a little boy. Innocently, the boy asked, “If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?”
Moved by the boy’s concern, the man replied with empathy, “Son, it’s not the color of the balloon, it’s what inside that makes it go up.”
This story told a lesson that we all seem to undervalue: it’s what inside that counts. The thing inside us that makes us “go up” is our attitude.
Look inside you, and be the best version of you
To look inside means listening to your internal dialogue. It means to be honest with yourself, to discover and acknowledge the gap between what you say, what you want, and what you actually get.
It may be uneasy, and uncomfortable to look inside. It’s real, raw, and unprepared. But it’s your innermost heart.
Seeing deep inside you will reframe how you feel and think, and it will shape you to be the person you really want to be.
Your attitude belongs to you, and only you.
By changing the way you see and appreciate things in a positive way, you create your own happiness. And from that, you can improve on all dimensions of what you might be capable of, and be the best version of you.