Who's the winner?
Ever since I was a child like Jamie's age, I was told the story of the rabbit and the tortoise: The rabbit and the tortoise were having a race, the rabbit got distracted and the tortoise won.
A lot of the times we're in a race. And we want to be like that rabbit: fast, sharp, talented and gifted. But the rabbit sure had some attitute problem. He was easily tempted, tested and challenged by the trends of life. The tortoise didn't seem at all promising to win at the beginning, but this little fellow's got all the guts to win-- he's got the attitude right!
He's persistent. He doesn't give up no matter what the circumstance might be. He doesn't care what other people think. He doesn't take any notice what the rabbit might be mocking or saying. He doesn't even care how shabby he looks or behaves. He doesn't critisice and he doesn't get jealous. He doesn't get bitter and he doesn't get negative. He doesn't get distracted or discouraged. He just focus all his energy in what he's doing. All he knows is a little bit at a time, do whatever he can, give the best he's got, never stop, never give up until the race is finally over.
This is really a winning attitude.