December 3rd, 2012
I spend about 20% of my “waking hours” reading stuff. I absolutely love learning new things on a variety of topics. I want to include more educational or inspirational material in these blogs. Ideas which can hopefully benefit you guys in different ways.
You probably already guessed the meaning of the term “waking hours”. It is a common expression to refer to the time a person is awake in a normal day. Here is an example:
He spends almost all of his “waking hours” thinking about ways to earn more money.
Ok, I’m starting to get off topic and I want to start writing about what I originally planned on.
I recently read a scientific study about optimists and pessimists. ”Optimists” are optimistic people, people who tend to look at things positively. ”Pessimists” are the opposite.
I think everyone already knows that optimists are more likely to succeed than pessimists. This part is nothing new.
Here is the interesting thing I learned: Optimists are much LESS accurate in their predictions than pessimists. Basically, optimists are more “wrong” in their guesses.
Pessimists are much more realistic. They aren’t just more “negative” than optimists, they are also more likely to make a reasonable guess.
So optimists have crazy and unrealistic beliefs about how good their future is going to be, and this helps them in life big time!
Think about what this means. Optimists are willing to try new things. They don’t fear failure as much as pessimists do because they think everything is going to be awesome for them. They are more likely to learn English faster, they are more likely to get better jobs, they are more likely to get a perfect body if they go to the gym, they are more likely to date who they most want to date.
Pessimists are more likely to quit things before they really start trying. This is sad. They can already see the negative things that might happen if they try. They might think, “What if I fail”? ”What if I lose my money”? ”What if she or he says no when I ask them on a date”? ”What if it takes me 1 year to learn great English instead of only 1 week”?
The truth is that pessimists are often very intelligent people. They think a lot. They often think too much. This can be a problem. It can make them afraid to try. The truth is that neither optimists nor pessimists knows exactly what the future will be like, but at least optimists will try things and take active steps to get the better life they want. It is this positive action that makes them more likely to succeed than pessimists. This is why being smart isn’t always enough.
So, if you are a pessimist, which we all are sometimes, you should seriously learn from this. I’m often a pessimist in my own life. The thing to learn is that it’s better to just try things instead of focussing and worrying what could go wrong. Stop being afraid, failure isn’t as bad as you think. It’s not trying that is the real failure in life.
Here is an example. If you are a pessimist and are thinking about joining the VIP membership, but you are a little worried that it won’t help much, I understand how you feel. I’ll make you a deal. If you try it and you don’t like the results after 3 months, I’ll give you all your money back. I’m really not saying you should buy the VIP membership if you don’t want to, but I hope that it’s not your pessimistic side speaking to you. My point is, don’t let your fears or doubts get in the way of your success. You can apply this to many or even most areas of your life.
For other things you are considering, I encourage you to take more chances and risks. Learn from the optimists. Your life will be better for it. Look for a better job. Ask that guy or girl you like on a date. Try more things that could possibly help you. If you keep doing this, your life will be better for it; A LOT better. Even if you are kind of sceptical or a bit afraid of something, just remember that taking more chances is a great thing.
There is a very famous saying in English that says, “Life with no risk is no life at all“. Think about it.
Some questions for you:
Are you generally an optimist or a pessimist?
Did you learn anything about yourself from this blog?
After reading this post, are you planning on making any changes in your own life? What changes?
Thanks guys! I can’t wait to read your comments
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