In Neil Eskelin's book, "Yes Yes Living In A No No World," he tells about attending an awards banquet of the Chase National Life Insurance Company. The speaker was the famed author of "Think and Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill.
When Hill was introduced, it was obvious his age had caught up with him. Everyone wondered if the octogenarian would be physically able to give the speech. (He passed away not long after this event.)
As Hill slowly walked to the podium, placing both of his hands on the sides of it, he looked out at the audience and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, I have given this speech hundreds and hundreds of times in my life. But tonight I am going to deliver it the best it has ever been given. This is going to be the best speech of my life!"
Wow! It was like a bolt of lightning. 300 adults moved to the edge of their chairs to absorb every word that was about to be spoken. When done, everyone agreed, it was perhaps his best speech ever.
Was it really "the best speech of his life" or was it just the audience's perception that it was his best speech? And, does it really make a difference? Hill actually set a course of action that did not allow for failure. It was all about attitude, Hill's attitude to have it be the best, and the attitude of the audience that it was going to be the best.
IT'S ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE!