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Is It Me, Or Does It Seem To Be That The Glass Is Half Empty More Often?

During the course of the week I spend a lot of time on the phone. I speak to a lot of people in the industry, and to clients, friends and family members. Maybe it’s just me, but I have noticed a trend over the past few years. People tend to complain about lots of things. They seem to be looking at the glass like it is half empty instead of half full. I realize that the economy isn’t where any of us want it to be, but it just seems that something (maybe that) is clouding their judgment.

Since I participate in a number of board meetings at both the college and industry level, I see many people come together and interact. It seems when a new idea is tossed out, more people go negative than in the years passed. They almost start with a "no" right out of the box. They start with it can’t be done for this reason or that reason! Did you consider this or that? They would rather spend 10 hours thinking about all the reasons this new idea can’t work as opposed to staying positive, focused and trying to find ways to make it work.

I have always been a person who is optimistic. Perhaps at times too optimistic (at least that is, in the eyes of some who know me well). Maybe they are right, but that’s the way I always approach things. I always believe that something can get done–especially if everyone is working together. Our job is to make something happen and anything less than that is a failure and unacceptable.

  • Do most people view the glass as half empty or full?
     
  • Do you agree with my thoughts?
     
  • Do you have some ideas and thoughts to get people to be a little more optimistic?

I look forward to your comments.

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