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Old 27-09-2012, 16:29   #1
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Attitude or Smart

Is it more important to have a good attitude while sailing or to be the smartest sailor on the seas?
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Old 27-09-2012, 16:55   #2
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Re: Attitude or Smart

Smart!!!
Although it shouldn’t have to be an either/or situation, knowledge trumps attitude, most cases, in the longer run.
Although we may (or may not*) be in charge of our attitudes, we can certainly increase our knowledge/learning/experience.

* Think: clinical depression.
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:02   #3
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I vote for attitude. Without the correct attitude, a person can't learn to become smart.
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:13   #4
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Re: Attitude or Smart

yes to both.

Besides you don't have to be the best sailor out there all the time. Only need to be the best when people are around.
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:18   #5
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Is it more important to have a good attitude while sailing or to be the smartest sailor on the seas?
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You are mixing a superlative with a non-superlative...

You don't need the best of either (best attitude or smartest) but a liberal dose of both is important.

Smart is also a tough word. I know lots of smart people that are not learned or knowledgeable or do not apply their smarts. Maybe they have the wrong attitude...
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:31   #6
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Re: Attitude or Smart

Only have to be smarter than than the folks around you but you can buy smart, not sure if you can buy a good attitude and a good attitude goes a long way when you don't have (yet) the smarts.
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Old 27-09-2012, 17:32   #7
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Re: Attitude or Smart

I've always been told that I have a smart a$$ed attitude! Does that count as "both"?
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attitude

if it was smart most of us would be land locked
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Old 27-09-2012, 18:57   #9
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In a bad situation give me a person with a good attitude over someone who thinks they're smart any day of the week. It's my who do I want in my fox hole scenario.
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Re: Attitude or Smart

After a couple of drinks of rum, I think I am pretty darn smart.


Seriously, I doubt everyone is a smart sailor, some are pretty ignorant and have the attitude they know what they are doing. Just take a look around and watch people anchor or even pull into a slip at a marina.
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Re: Attitude or Smart

A good dose of common sense and mechanical awareness goes a long way!
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A good dose of common sense and mechanical awareness goes a long way!
yep. On a good day it will take you ALL the way there.

On a bad one it will take you far enough to get out of (immediate) trouble.

And I can adjust my attitude , but I am only as smart as I was when I woke up this morning. That factor won't change fast enough to make a difference in a crisis...
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One can change attitude but ya can't teach smart.
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In a bad situation give me a person with a good attitude over someone who thinks they're smart any day of the week.
There's a big difference between thinking you're smart and being so.
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IMHO: some people get better with age like a good wine, they 'mellow out' and emotional intelligence starts to come into play.

Just a observation as I journey through my latter half of my 30's.

But Im a old soul (so my wife says ).

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