The power of the right attitude

I remember getting into a fight in second grade. A much larger boy had been teasing me in class, and for whatever reason, that day I just had it with his antics. I told him in no uncertain terms, “When we get outside, I’m going to dog you.” In 1980s lingo, that meant I was going to beat him up. The other boy laughed, but I was serious. When class was over and we streamed out onto the steps, I tackled him, and to make a long story short, the grown-ups had to pull me off him, kicking and screaming. The mere absence of fear, together with the element of surprise and a fairly large dose of irrational anger, resulted in a scrawny, fifty pound boy beating up a boy about twice his size.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I do look back on the incident with some amusement, and more than a little pride. However, let’s not focus on my youthful predisposition to violent behavior. Instead, let’s consider that my fearless attitude was probably the deciding factor in that incident. The other boy had tried to be intimidating, but my response had been determined by my courage (and perhaps equally so by my lack of good sense).

-from The Million Dollar Hustle, Chapter 1 – Give Yourself Permission: The Attitude of A Million Dollar Hustler.