• Title: Attitude of Gratitude
  • Author: Keith Harrell
  • Released: 2004-08-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 235
  • ISBN: 1401902006
  • ISBN13: 978-1401902001
  • ASIN: 1401902006
From Publishers Weekly In this upbeat, breezy memoir, motivational speaker Harrell (Attitude Is Everything) recounts how he overcame early insecurities to become an outstanding IBM training instructor. He details the lessons he learned along the way and shares the positive attitude he always maintains. Harrell credits his achievements to his strong Christian faith and the mentors who helped him develop. As a child, the author stuttered, to his great embarrassment. He explains how he overcame his speech impairment with the help of a good speech therapist, his little league coach and a teacher who built his confidence. Harrell gave up his first dream of playing professional basketball to shift his considerable energies to a career in business. Although IBM was not hiring at the time, rigorous coaching from a cousin got him an appointment with the company and a job offer. He describes here how he overcame setbacks such as being stereotyped by some managers as a seller of illegal drugs because he is African-American. The lessons he learned that helped him move up at IBM include promoting a personal resume, turning challenges into opportunities and doing whatever hard work it took to achieve his goals. After 14 years, he left IBM to form his own professional speaking company. Continued success has deepened his religious convictions, and Harrell stresses the importance of God in his daily life throughout this recollection.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the edition.

From Harrell, an inspirational speaker, recounts his own life story of struggle and eventual triumph, drawing on his experiences and faith to provide encouragement to readers. He recalls his early childhood in Seattle as a tall, skinny, awkward kid who overcame his stuttering and learned to use basketball as an outlet for achievement and personal development. He met other challenges in his youth, from racial discrimination to his parents' separation and divorce to dealing with a chronic illness. He recalls the scores of individuals who encouraged him and shared their own life lessons, including his parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers, mentors, and friends. Harrell begins each of the 21 chapters with a biblical verse and closes with a particular life lesson--changing challenges to opportunities, using turning points as learning points--drawn from his own experiences. He encourages readers to look to lessons in their own lives, understand their individual purpose in life, and develop a personal vision. Vanessa Bush
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