Attitude is Everything!

Here is a great blog from our son, Kaleb. He is almost 12 years old and recently we challenged him to read the book “Attitude is Everything.” It has been such a blessing for our family to meet and be connected to the many leaders of LIFE.

We have had the privilege to learn from Chris and Terri Brady about how to have a successful marriage, to be a better parent, and for our kids to learn truths about life and how to influence others. Wow! This is just a product of who are kids have grown to become and I am happy to share Kaleb’s growth with you! He listens and learns from a series called EDGE that is transforming kids today to think different.


Kaleb Porter

This book has been helping me with my attitude and I know now that I didn’t have a very good attitude.

Point one: Picture your success. It’s believing you can make that basket or score that touchdown, and if you put your mind to it anything can happen.

Point two: How are you?  A simple question. It’s how you tell between a good attitude, an ok attitude, and a bad attitude. Ask a person, ” how are you?” and if their response is good, great or teriffic then your with the right person. If their response is ok, same old same old, or not too bad, then their attitude is just ok. If your with the wrong person then his response will be t. g. i. f. { thank god it”s Friday } ,lousy, or I’m tired.

So stick with the people that have a good attitude and ask “how are you?”

Point three:  Stop complaining. If you hang around a complainer then you will end up doing the same thing he is doing. If he complains about too much mustard then you will complain about too little mayo.

So stay away from complainers. It’s best.

Point four: Associate with positive people. There are toxic people and nourishing people. It’s pretty obvious that you don’t want to hang around toxic people. Toxic people are dream killers and energy vampires. But if you hang around a positive person your attitude will improve.

Point five: Confront your fears and grow! One day I was at Disney World and I was terrified of roller coasters. My parents wanted all of us to ride the roller coaster, but I was scared and the whole time we were in line I was crying. But that didn’t work. My dad made me go on the ride. So when we got on the ride I was scared, but I manned up and rode it. When the ride stopped I said, “let’s do it again.” If I didn’t face my fears then I wouldn’t have learned that I love roller coasters.  So Face your fears and grow.

So I learned that with a positive attitude, a positive mind and positive people we can do anything!

God Bless,

Kaleb Porter

9 thoughts on “Attitude is Everything!

  1. davidburch says:

    Awesome job Kaleb!! You will be a Leader amoung leaders some day !

  2. Kaleb,
    You are amazing & I’m so proud of you for writing such an awesome blog.
    I love & admire your hunger to learn, grow, change, & have a great attitude!

  3. Shannon Gray says:

    I love point 5 – face your fears! Life is more fun that way! Yea for roller coasters!

  4. Terri Brady says:

    Kaleb, (and Kirk and Nicole) What a wonderful blog post!! I especially like the term “energy vampires”! I pray God leads me away from being one, and I believe this blog will influence others to turn away from that habit! I can’t wait to share your words with my children as well. God bless! Terri Brady

  5. Jenny Alterman says:

    Kaleb, WOW! What great points. Sure your only 12? I’m thankful you wrote this that I can share your message with other kids and get them involved in the learning process. Thank you for being a great example for your peers, and elders for that matter. It’s nice knowing that there are kids out there that are keeping their parents on their toes with their right thinking rather than their questionable behavior. Can’t wait to read your next post!

  6. Alan Clements says:

    Kaleb, I told you I would read your blog tonight and what an inspiration you have posted! I know that you make your parents very proud and I believe that other kids and adults alike can use these 5 points to improve their own attitude in a very short time! Thanks for the post! You ROCK!!

  7. Jeremy Arena says:

    Dude. Kaleb this is awesome. I can’t even believe I just read that! When I was 12 I couldn’t think past lightsabers and legos… It is so cool that you are reading and learning about things with true value right now at this age. It is so inspiring to see that your parents have the guts to encourage you to read books of that caliber and that you have the desire to do so. Keep following your parents example (cuz they are totally awesome :)) and you are gonna make it big in the world. Keep up the super duper terrific attitude! Look forward to seeing more posts from ya’ll in Texas! Thank you!
    Jeremy Arena

  8. Michael says:

    Kaleb, that was awsome. You did such a wonderful job describing how to discover if someone tends to lean on being positive or negative. I pray that we all try to be more positive. You are going to have a bright future ahead of you. Keep plugging away on reading and listening to CDs. Your parents are leading you in the right direction.

  9. Jason Jasper says:

    Kaleb, you are off to an amazing start and have some awesome parents to follow!

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