What does being optimistic Mean? David Landes spent much of the mid-20th century researching why some people succeed and others fail. He studied the cultures and people of several countries, including Argentina, Egypt, China, and Holland.
In his book ‘The Wealth and Poverty of Nations’ (1998), Landes concludes that “In this world the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive.”
Landes also says that when optimists know they’re wrong, they perceive their mistakes and correct, improve, and overcome them. These people are educated, aware and self-critical, he notes.
But what does it really mean to be an optimist?
Does Landes imply that we should ignore reality and just go with the flow to our doom? Is it thinking that there is not a problem when there really is one? Of course not. What makes the optimists special is that they comprehend life and demonstrate resilience.
While many people think that it can’t be done, the optimistic knows it can be done. They smile at mistakes and obstacles and overcome them. They know that obstacles cannot hold up against their desire to progress and be successful.
Optimists have a strong spirit that somehow comes from their core and makes them not give up in daunting situations. Optimists study the situation then continue or slow down if necessary. They look at the whole picture, not just their little corner.
The optimists understand that if they want to achieve their goals, they need to make the extra effort that many will not. They don’t spend much time complaining because they see that it does not get them anywhere.
Optimists know complaining will only take energy away when they can invest that energy into something productive. The optimist is always looking for challenges. As odd as it sounds, optimists understand that the difficult path is usually the best and most rewarding path.
They are passionate about life. There are no bad days for them because they understand things happen for a reason. To be an optimist is not to put too rosy a spin on life, but it is to understand why things happen and try to be part of solution. They find lessons in all aspects of life, and then learn and go on, which is the reason why they are usually positive.
We all notice optimists in a crowd; they have a contagious energy that attracts us. So David Landes’ point has resonance for us now, in this time, in our own lives. If we really want to achieve our goals, we need to be optimistic and work tirelessly for what we want. Happiness is both the goal and also the process of looking on the bright side and constantly reorienting ourselves as the world changes around us.
Let’s make a difference in this world, starting with how we treat those closest to us. Show them that to be optimistic is not just an ideal but a way of life. Share your happiness with them in ways they will appreciate.
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