Tag Archive: pessimism

7 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Optimism

There’s a dark side to Oz. The wizard is a fraud. Optimism doesn’t cure every ailment. It causes some. An optimistic novice is like an idiot with a box of fireworks standing by… Continue reading

10 Sure Signs There’s Trouble Ahead

Optimism is a surprising disappointment when you imagine a hungry lion wants to play. Skillful leaders anticipate trouble. Short-sighted leaders press forward and suffer. Anticipating potential problems isn’t pessimism until it’s an excuse… Continue reading

The Gift of Negativity: What We Gain By Faultfinding, Nitpicking, and Naysaying

Painful experiences teach you to protect yourself. The tools of self-protection are faultfinding, nitpicking, naysaying, and quibbling. Experience gives birth to protective negativity. The birth of negativity: “If a cat sits on a… Continue reading

Why I Admire Frosty and You Should Too

Frosty the snowmanKnew the sun was hot that day,So he said, “Let’s runAnd we’ll have some funNow before I melt away.”* 3 reasons to admire Frosty the Snowman: #1. Optimism. I admire Frosty.… Continue reading

The Birth of an Optimist

Optimists are more successful than pessimists. Helpless pessimists can’t lead. They know things won’t change and loving saying, “It doesn’t matter.” Real leaders change things. The first change is you. 5 reason for… Continue reading

Walking the Leadership Tightrope

I’m so committed to pressing into the future that it’s hard to enjoy the present. You can’t lead if you aren’t dissatisfied. How are you navigating the leadership tightrope between what is and… Continue reading