After watching her father’s journey with cancer, and noticing how his optimism, meditation and change of diet affected his health, author Julie Davey began researching personal development principles, and couldn’t help wondering, “Why aren’t these positive philosophies, strategies and ethics taught — comprehensively — to kids in school?”
At that stage (the 1990s) there were a few such books around for kids, and some teachers shared such information with their students, but wellbeing certainly wasn’t on the curriculum, so while some children had access to this material, many did not.
So Julie gathered a bundle of these universal principles — the ones practised by successful people for thousands of years (and promoted by the likes of, Napoleon Hill, James Allen, Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey) and packaged them in a little book, titled A for Attitude, which she self-published it in 1998.
Her wish at the time, and ever since, was that every child would have access to this information. Julie had the ‘what’ and ‘why’ — she just didn’t have the ‘how’.
Then in 2007, a Rotary District Governor, Janet McCahon, saw the book and said “Why don’t we give this book, every year, to Grade 3 children, like many Rotary Clubs do, with the Dictionary?” The how had revealed itself.
Over the next eight years A for Attitude was distributed to children in various primary schools, in Victoria, NSW, Qld and WA, with support from Rotary clubs and small businesses.