Amelia Earhart once said, “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” I like her optimism. And this is simply the point – optimism matters.
Whether you are a seasoned leader or just out of the gate, optimism is that driving force that will cause you to succeed if you have it, and will hold you back if not.
Take a look at any top performer in his or her respective occupation and the one underlying characteristic that you are sure to find is optimism. Did they face adversity, setbacks, failures, and disappointments? You bet. But what kept them in the game when others gave up? You guessed it; optimism.
Richard M. DeVos said, “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A “you can do it” when things are tough.” I agree. So regardless of the challenges you face and the tasks before you, know that you have the abilities and skills to be the best! Don’t give up!
© 2012 Doug Dickerson
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