Greatness requires optimism.
A lot of self-appointed “smart” people spend a lot of our time discussing the terribly difficult issues of the day. Every time you turn on the television, some pundit is explaining how it will never work, or how a company will certainty fail, or how the market will crash. Pessimism is everywhere, often disguised under the banner of realism. Whenever a sentence starts with “It is not realistic to…” it is wise to listen with a cautious ear.
Why do people position themselves as realists? Because fear, uncertainty, and doubt “sell” — as the saying goes, good news doesn’t sell newspapers.
Few — if any — great achievements have come from pessimists. You have to be optimistic, you have to be an action-oriented believer, willing to take risks, to create anything truly great.
Need proof? Consider this example case:
Could a pessimist / realist have created Disney World?
Will it be easy? Of course not. Here is what Walt Disney observed:
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Decide to be an optimist and don’t think small. Optimism + decisive action + tenacity can lead to greatness if you are willing to set your sights high enough.
I.M. Optimism Man