Experience and studies
indicate that attitude is one of the traits that separate average sales
people and businessman from their highly successful colleagues. Many
people believe that it's true in life in general, not just sales.
Think about the happiest, most successful people you know. How do you
usually find them? Are they depressed, negative, or even apathetic? I
doubt it. They're usually enthusiastic, smiling, and positive about
People with the "right" attitude have a consistently positive
outlook about life, about their jobs, about what they're doing. They are
constantly looking for results and taking responsibility. People
who have the RIGHT attitude take responsibility for their lives. They
don't pin their failures on others. And they treat each failure as a
precursor of the great successes to come in its wake.
The power of faith helps in cultivating positive attitude and approaches
to day-to-day affairs of our lives. By following the commandments of
Holy Quran and adhering to the principles of morality emanating from
Sunnah we not only cultivate sound habits but also maintain the right
attitude. But we must exercise care in interpreting the verses of Holy
Quran and different Hadith as differences of opinion exist.
Bigotry, dogmatism, fanaticism and despotism have divided the Ummah and
obscured the real message of Islam for tolerance, patience, justice,
honesty, multi-culturalism, brotherhood, altruism etc.
As mentioned by Ayatullah Mutahari (Shaheed) of Tehran, (reflect on)
various sources of error mentioned by the Qur'an, one is that of taking
conjecture and hypothesis for certainty and conviction. If a person were
to adhere to the principle of putting conviction only in certainties and
of not confusing between conjectures and certainties, he would not fall
The second source of error in the reasoning process, which is
particularly relevant in social issues, is imitation. Most people are
such that they accept whatever beliefs that are current in their
society. They adopt certain beliefs merely for the reason that they were
followed by their preceding generation. The Qur'an bids people to
carefully scrutinize all ideas and judge them by the criteria of
reason --neither to follow blindly the conventional beliefs and
traditions of their ancestors, nor to reject them totally without any
rational justification. Seeking knowledge, earning honest living and
helping the poor and needy have been regarded as good as offering
prayers. One Western Management Scholars says, “You can have anything
you want if you just help enough people to get what they want.”
A third common source of error pointed out by the Qur'an is Selfish
motives that tarnish virtue and merit and as a result a cascade of
curtains gallops from the heart towards vision.
Unless we maintain objectivity and neutrality in every matter, we are
unlikely to think correctly.
Reason can function properly only in an atmosphere that is free of
selfish desires and motives and by virtue of reasoning power and faith
we maintain right attitude.
Holy Quran lays greatest possible emphasis on doing justice in all
spheres of our lives and also on seeking knowledge and pondering over
things. Western nations have achieved tremendous advances in science and
technology by virtue of their attitudes which are in real essence are
not materially different from the teachings of Bible and Quran.
In their book "Change Your Attitude" Tom Bay, Ph.D. and David
McPherson say that,
"If you want to soar with the eagles don't hang out with ducks.
That's an old adage, but it's true.
Enthusiasm is contagious -- and that works both ways.
You can't catch it if you're not around it; you can't give it if you
don't have it. If you want to be
enthusiastic, if you want to have a good sense of humor, if you want to
enjoy life, hang around people who have that attitude."
This may sound like a materialistic and selfish approach But their
studies do show that it is possible to change attitudes. We Muslims
should derive benefit not only from modern research but also from the
principles laid down in Holy Quran and Sunnah.
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