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Things to Think About - Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude

By Pepper de Callier

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.” Viktor E. Frankl

For so many of us, this is the only thing we need to really understand about life.  Dr. Frankl told us that there is precious little that we have control over in life—maybe only one thing—and that is how we react to our circumstances and what attitude we choose with which to meet the ups and downs of life.

I use Dr. Frankl’s quote a lot in my work with leaders and boards of directors.  For those who accept the personal responsibility of success or failure in life, this can be a truly liberating realization.  We all face situations every day that are less than what we might consider optimal outcomes.  It could be a budget limitation, a compressed timeline, a shortage of staff or some sort of resource limitation that creates a sub-optimal environment.  But, to me, the question is not about the limitation, it’s about how you react to it that separates the winners from the wannabes.

How could you use your greatest freedom today?

Till next time…

About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at  

Things to Think About Series by Pepper de Callier:
(all articles are listed on the Prague version of

Things to Think About (By Pepper de Callier) 12.05.2014
Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you’re saying 19.05.2014
The secret to success is to maintain enthusiasm between failures 26.05.2014
When you are the anvil, hold you still.  But, when you are the hammer, strike your fill 02.06.2014
Success is getting what you want.  Happiness is wanting what you get 09.06.2014
I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world 22.06.2014
When I’m afraid of losing, I never win 30.06.2014
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear 21.07.2014