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Be a Realistic Optimist

October 2, 2017 by Ed Becker

Glass half-empty or glass half-full?  It seems like most people would prefer to be the latter. Isn’t optimism always a great trait to possess?  Intuit Quickbooks shares an interview with Josh Pigford, founder of Baremetrics, that reveals that optimism should be served with a dash of reality.

Entrepreneurs are most likely to lean towards optimism, after all, someone who often sees life through dark glasses, may not have the vision to take such a leap of faith to start their own small business.  The possible perils would most likely paralyze them.  So then is sheer optimism the ultimate way to view your future?

“Pigford admits that he knew the basics of building a business, but his untameable optimism got in the way, crippling his company and almost sinking his company altogether. Ironically, it was that same optimism that would end up saving it.”

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