The Success Trait: Optimism

After encountering and studying so many people that I deem as successful, one of many characteristics they all have in common is a beautiful sense of optimism toward the futureAs Jack Ma,  CEO of Alibaba, puts it, “all the successful business leaders out there are very optimistic about the future and the market.” No matter what business you are in, which industry it is, you have to always be positive about the future and the market.

You have to always remember this – when the times are bad, there are good companies growing and performing at spectacular results. On the other hand, when times are good, there are also companies that under perform and face bankruptcy. Therefore, it has nothing to do with the future nor the economy nor the market itself. It has more to do with yourself and how you look at the market.

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But this can also be applied to any aspect of our lives. We have to be optimistic about the future. A healthy level of optimism leads to a healthy level of imagination, which allows you to envision the certain goals you want to achieve. A pessimistic person cannot wonder and envision achieving great things, so they never succeed in doing so. If you truly believe you can achieve something, your chances of achieving that goal are exponentially higher. Optimists are the ones that can dream of a future better than the present, and are bold enough to strive to achieve them. I’ll end with this iconic quote from the late Steve Jobs:


Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.