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Attitude Means Retraining Your Brain To Look For Positives

June 27, 2017 Nicole Lyons

When you think of the word 'attitude', you might think of different things. If you've ever had a teenaged child, you probably think of an eye roll and a long, self-suffering sigh. If you've had a cat you might think of that aloof, love-me-when-I-wish-and-only-then manner. But what does attitude suggest at work, or in your personal life?


Going from rolled-up pantyhose to a billion dollars

The name Sara Blakely may not mean anything to you, but the name Spanx probably does. Sara Blakely is the inventor of the slimming bodywear, and she hustled her way into billionaire status. 

She grew up with a father who openly discussed failures. Blakely was always encouraged to try new things and not be afraid of failing. Now, she always discusses her failures with her employees to help them to be brave and not get bogged down by the idea of failure.

Blakely did not do well as a stand-up comedian. She did not do well on the LSAT, the test needed to attend law school. She spent years trying to sell fax machines door-to-door. But through it all, her attitude was positive and she kept trying. She realised while working as a salesperson that she had a viable product. The slimming, seamless undergarments called Spanx were born.

Being afraid to fail means being afraid to try

Sara Blakely never gave up. She continued to develop her product, and she worked tirelessly to find a manufacturer for it. She analysed her failures and learned from them. 

“My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail.”

Sara Blakely

How Attitude relates to Innovation

Attitude is one of the 4 pillars under the competency of Innovation in the i4 Neuroleader Model. An attitude that embraces positivity and change, sees opportunities everywhere rather than threats. This is critical if you want to keep innovation as a primary driver for growth within your team or organisation. 

The i4 Neuroleader Program can teach your brain how to shift focus and find solutions to problems that you would never believe possible.

i4 Neuroleader Model Framework© Silvia Damiano • The About my Brain Institute

5 Tips for Attitude

  1. Stop trying to be perfect - read related article  
  2. Love who you are  
  3. Do more of what you enjoy  
  4. Don’t let others tear you down
  5. Smile - read related article


Attitude is more than teenaged angst. Attitude gives us the drive to press on and to never quit. It's important to have a positive attitude both personally and professionally. Be brave and take a chance, even if that chance leads to failure.

Learn from your mistakes and keep trying. Innovation will never occur if you are too afraid to reach for it. 

Improve your Attitude  Ever wondered what attitude adjustments you need? New advances from different  scientific fields are helping us better understand how our brains and bodies  function and the incredible impact they have on the way we lead.  Learn how our i4 Neuroleader Program can help develop your personal leadership. Download Program Guide

Nicole Lyons

Nicole Lyons

Nicole is the About my Brain Institute's researcher and blogger. As a writer and science educator she is passionate about sharing scientific knowledge to refute ignorance and misconceptions. Nicole is also a devoted wife and mother to three children, two cats, a dog and frog.