Cleopatra walks into the office, she sighted the boss across the room. Ooh, she murmured. She was a little bit close to the chair, when she gazed shyly at her boss. She was in a scary situation, her heart began to race, her palms were clammy, she shivered a bit. Then, she came back to her senses. She was in the front of her BOSS, Mr David. He’s a no-nonsense man, endowed with a great intelligence that becomes obvious when he speaks. His dark brown eyes pierced into Cleopatra, all this while she was still nervous. He raised his eyebrow in a slow motion reading her expression, fidgeting on his rolling chair. His voice came out calmly and endearing, ‘Cleopatra, good morning.’ Then he smiled silently, and he continued, ‘you even forgot to greet your boss.’
The smile she saw in him, relieved her tensed shoulder a bit. Umm, she stuttered, and finally spoke ‘morning sir’, and she smiled back.
Mr David started the conversation, and he requested that she should sit down, she sat slowly like a child who has just been scolded. ‘My dear Cleo, you are one of my favorite staff in this company, your diligence and determination made me happy, but now you’ve changed. What happened? He pushed himself closer to the table, resting his jaw on his flexed wrist, and his elbow on the desk. Then, he sighed.’ His voice pitched higher and he listed, ‘you now come late to work, you fail to do most assignments, AND WE ARE LOOSING CLIENTS!’ He said angrily. ‘Oh wow!’ Cleo said to herself. She thought to herself, ‘I’ve never seen my boss this angry’. He proceeds, I’m losing my temper and I’m sure you don’t want to see that part of me. She sat firmly, and did a puppy face ‘I’ M SORRY BOSS’. She could bear to look into his eyes for long, she was embarrassed.
‘I’m not done, I’m still talking. Saying sorry would be least of your worries by the time you get fired. Do you take your job for a joke?’ He squeezed his face, highlighting his words with the exaggerated movement of his lips. He continued, ‘I see no ATTITUDE IN YOU. Yes, you have the APTITUDE, but APTITUDE is never enough.’ He sighed again, bringing back his face to normal, and looking straight to the level of her head up and down. I pity you, you have the natural ability, you were born with it. ‘It’s within you, and it comes natural to you. You have the brain cells, the knowledge, everything, and still you are not making good use of it’. ‘Your attitude matters, Cleo’. He cleared his voice. ‘Your consistency, your determination, your actions, your feelings and manners count. If God bestowed all of these forces in you, and you don’t make good use of it because of your weak attitude, I promise you, you would suffer for a long time. Listen to me, YOUR APTITUDE IS SOLID, BUT YOUR ATTITUDE IS WEAK. For how long Cleo?’
Those words got Cleo in deep thought, she knew they were all true. She knew her boss meant well, but she could never have imagined how serious the matter was, neither did she have any plan for the way forward.
Quick one: I hope you got the message? Her APTITUDE is her natural force within, the natural ability she has, she was born with it. Her ATTITUDE is her actions, consistency, hard work, diligence, manners just about anything that she needs to put extra effort in, in order to make her aptitude count.
Our attitude we can change, but aptitude is innate, and until we realize what we need to change, we’ll get nothing done. It’s only when we realize our aptitude is one great awesome potential that we have to work on, that we start cultivating the right attitude. The right attitude puts you on the track to bringing out the greatness you have, to the world. You are already great from inside. If that were not the case, you would never have achieved anything in life. Our inner man is strong, all the motivational books, and videos would be useless if we weren’t. Most times, if you really don’t want to do something, you wouldn’t give it a good thought, and now make the final stance that, you actually can. It has to come from inside first. Nothing is gonna change, if you don’t change it and remember that you can always become who you want to be, if you look within and take the bold step. Never underestimate how much of a great effect attitude has on a person and others’ view of them. The wrong attitude can make the genius at heart, the dumbest person ever.
CULTIVATE A RIGHT ATTITUDE , SO THAT YOUR APTITUDE CAN BLOSSOM.
IF A FARMER DOESN’T WET HIS PLANTS, HIS VEGETABLES WOULDN’T GROW.
YOU WOULD BE HAPPY THAT YOU DID IT, THAN IF YOU DIDN’T DO IT.
A LIFE SPENT DEDICATING YOUR TIME AND ENERGY INTO SOMETHING YOU LOVE OR LOVE DOING, IS NOT A WASTED LIFE.