I believe that my attitude determines my altitude. As a third grader in elementary I thought I knew it all. I began to talk back and disrespect my peers. My family allowed this to take place until I reached 5th grade. At that point in my life I was headed in the wrong direction my grades were slipping and my social interaction was terrible. On the first day of 5th grade I was called down to the office. I was told that the principal, my grandmother, wanted to see me in her office. As I entered her office my heart dropped to my stomach but I didn’t understand why. She sat me down and handed me a piece of paper. On this paper was a recorded of my behavior for the past two years. At the top of the paper was a title “Your attitude determines your altitude” at the time I had no clue what that meant. I asked her “what does this mean”, she told me that the meaning can only be discovered when I believe in the quote. After that day I went to her office for the rest of the school year every day, but I came to no conclusion. I believe that my attitude plays a very significant role in the type of person I will become and also the type of people I plan on surrounding myself around. For a very long time I searched for the meaning of altitude and how it played a part in my life. I had not reached the full meaning of this belief until 7th grade at that point I knew that my attitude and my altitude would guide me through the rest of my life. When interacting with other people I always remember that how I talk to a person determines their perception of me. I always want to be remembered as a positive and strong person. By taking my belief everywhere with me I know that my altitude will grow without me even trying.
When I receive high awards or acknowledgements from different people it shows me that I am following my belief and it is working for me. My attitude will always determine my altitude this I believe!
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