Lesson 24:
Attitude &                                                                                                                                

Objective:        To show that point of view and perception are an important part of character, success, and
life                            in general.


Sometimes, truth is in perception.  If two people saw the same car accident, both of them would probably not
report the same events, because they would each have a different view of the accident.  One might be positive,
while the other may be negative; one may be from the left, while the other may be from the right; one may be
optimistic, while the other may be pessimistic; and so on.


1.)      Optical Illusions.  At first glance, what do you see?  - Could it be a person's profile or is it something
more?  I would definitely give this one a second look!  (In portrait version, it looks like a face; in
landscape version, it spells out the word liar in cursive or script.) So, you see, even if you see it with your  
own  eyes - in black and white even - it is not always true.  Give the other guy a chance before you lose
trust so quickly.

Use other optical illusions to emphasize this point and to add a little bit of fun.

2.)     Add it up.  Ask the students to assign a number value to each letter in the alphabet beginning with one.  
Or, to make it easier, you could already have this written out on chart paper or a transparency.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H   I   J    K    L   M   N   O    P   Q   R    S   T    U   V   W    X   Y    Z
1  2   3  4  5  6   7   8  9  10  11 12  13 14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21 22  23  24 25  26

Begin with word knowledge.  Ask the students to assign a numeric value to each of the letters, then add              
them up.

    K     N   O   W   L   E   D    G   E
    11+14+15+22+12+5+ 4 + 7 + 5 = 95

Explain that knowledge will them 95% of the way toward their goal.  Now, that's good.  It's an "A" in         
school.  But, is it good enough for life?  Encourage the students to want to do their best - to get 100%.

Ask the students to try hard work.

    H   A   R   D      W   O    R   K
    8 + 1+18+4  +  22+15+18+11 = 97.

Well, now, that's better.  We're getting closer, but still not quite at 100%.

Ask the students to try attitude.

    A   T    T    I   T   U   D   E
    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+ 5 = 100

The only way to get to 100% is with the right attitude.  Knowledge will get yo 95%; hard work will get
you               97%; but a good attitude will get you 100%.

Ask the students if they want to get extra credit.  (Isn't that always the question?!)  Let them try         

    T    E   A   M   W   O   R    K
    20+5+ 1+13+22+ 15+18+11 = 105

If you choose to work as a team, you can get above 100%.  A good attitude in a team with knowledge                 
and hard work is hardly destructible!