“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
In today’s dynamic markets, teams must be curious, optimistic and thoughtful. Curious to explore new trends and new ideas. Optimistic to keep motivated and motivate others. And thoughtful to have empathy for the people that you are developing and delivering your solution to and empathy for the people that are on this journey with you.
Optimism seems to be a rare thing these days. Pessimism passes for being realistic or pragmatic and a view of a dystopian future is far more common than utopian (rest in peace Gene Roddenberry).
Optimism is a state of mind. I have seen individuals be optimistic in the most desperate of situation and in many cases, it is that optimism that helps them find the solution that they need. Pessimism rarely results in the best outcome.
Research has shown that optimism positively affects mental and physical health. Optimism has been proven to improve the immune system, prevent chronic disease, and help people cope with unfortunate news.
More importantly, optimism gets things done. When you have a problem to solve, being optimistic helps you think for more possible solutions.
I believe that we have a duty to ourselves and the people around us to assume an optimistic attitude. For our own health and the productivity for the people around us. Now that is realistic and pragmatic.