Optimism is a skill of emotional intelligence, which translates to a better career and greater success in life. From the great lyrical workings of Voltaire, whose stances were those of fact and intellectualized conclusions, to the life changing writings of Eleanor Porter, optimism as a trait was a unique and complex concept.
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Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician of Voltaire's time, developed the idea that the world they were living in at that time was "the best of all possible worlds.
The difference between optimism and pessimism is a difference in perspective and mindset. I find that not dwelling on the negative or pondering on the downside keeps me in a better place and state of mind.
They blame themselves for the bad things that happen in their lives and think that one mistake means more will inevitably come.
Without that push, I may never have made the leap to self-employment. He wants to look for alternatives that benefit the company.