We live in a world where most of our days turn out well. But, we are stuck in a mindset of expecting they won't go as planned?
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We have an impressive ability to assess and avoid threats.
We're great at assessing dangers before they arise, but sometimes the risk is worth taking….
We're good at avoiding embarrassing situations and risky endeavors that we could fail at, as that could cost us the resources we need to survive. It might also cost you the greatest reward. It's a constant mindset and balancing act of risk and reward.
People who live their lives with more sensitivity to the risk/reward lens do tend to live more secure lives. They lose less because they risk less.
If we live in such a way to avoid all risks, it has a tendency to come off as cynicism. When someone talks about a goal or a dream, a cynic might roll their eyes without even thinking about it.
It's more likely they are afraid to risk, and that fear comes off as cynicism.
It's true not every opportunity we try will be successful, but the more optimistic you are, the more you enjoy the experience of trying.
The more optimistic you are, the more you are willing to try. The more you try, the more often you experience success.
When you meet a successful person, you have also met someone who has failed more than most. When you meet an unsuccessful person, you have met someone who quit trying after experiencing failure.
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but successful people have failed more often than unsuccessful people. They didn't focus on the failure but got back up and tried again.
“A value-driven professional knows that relentless optimism gives them a higher percentage chance of experiencing more success in work and life” – Donald Miller – Business Made Simple
I have often been accused of being optimistic in spite of the obvious. I've experienced plenty of failure in my life, but although it has bothered me, it's never gotten me so down that I couldn't see the next opportunity to try again.
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