This is a no-brainer… Pessimism doesn’t get results. It’s counter productive. It’s an excuse to give up.
If perspective is what molds action, I pick optimism every time! And, I’ve consistently been rewarded. By staying positive, things always work out the way I want. I simply don’t accept anything else.
Another excuse to be optimistic instead of pessimistic is that other people generally don’t enjoy working or hanging out with people that complain and whine or are negative in general. An interesting study backs up my claim… it’s summarized best by the idiom familiarity breeds contempt.”
“Pessimism never won any wars.” ~Dwight Eisenhower
“Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to personal failure.” ~Bill Clinton
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.” ~Clint Eastwood
“A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” ~Oscar Wilde
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. ” ~Colin Powell
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” ~William James
PS: I’m enjoying the WordPress Post A Week initiative. Writing makes me happy, and I dig the topics they’re throwing out as inspiration.