Business Quote of the Week – 11/5/2007

“Optimism is a force multiplier.” – Colin Powell

Commentary: When you have an optimistic viewpoint, you tend to filter out the negatives that would otherwise cause you not to pursue a goal in the first place. In addition, optimism lessens the sting of failure by saying “that didn’t work – let’s try something else” instead of wallowing in or overanalyzing the failure.

Not only that, but the Mayo Clinic has found that optimists live longer! I don’t think there’s better evidence than that to justify the optimistic viewpoint on life. I also recommend the book Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman which is a classic in this field of work.

 

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