Make Optimism Job One!

Life is too short to go around focusing on the negative.  We all have disappointments at work, it’s how we deal with them that makes all the difference. 


Maybe your marketing budget just got slashed; or your major competitor beat you to market with a better product; or your company fell short of its sales goals and there goes your bonus. 


Whatever the situation is, there is always a silver lining and it’s the optimist who will find it.  The optimistic person stands out and top management notices.  One characteristic of a successful leader is the ability to be optimistic in difficult times. 


Here’s our “Take Five” on why optimism pays off:



  1. More Resources – Most people work in a matrix-type organization, which depends upon people helping others in order to get things done.  It’s human nature to want to work with people who are positive thinkers and always expect the best outcome to occur. Given this situation, you can attract more attention and resources for your projects when you are perceived as an optimist, always looking for the best in people and believing that they will do a good job for you.
  2. Heightened Creativity – Being optimistic, expands your ability to be creative.  You start thinking about what can be done versus what can’t be done.  Most people are familiar with ideation sessions, which are grounded in the premise that all ideas are good ideas.  Feeling positive is more likely to help you generate the most creativity which can often lead to breakthrough ideas.
  3. It’s Energizing!  – When you believe something can be done, then you’re energized, spending time on how to achieve your goal rather than wrestling with whether or not it’s doable.  Once you feel energized, it’s easy to inspire people around you.  The collective synergy created can help raise everybody’s game and produce superior results.
  4. Disappointments Are Less Disappointing – No matter how good or optimistic you are, you won’t win every new business presentation, or always get the funding you want for each project.  The reality is that there will be disappointments on the job.  However, the optimist will not get dragged down by these setbacks.  They’ll always be looking towards the next opportunity and not waste time dwelling on the temporary let down.
  5. You’ll Feel Better – Endorphins are released when you’re in a positive mindset.  This feeds off itself, creating an even greater sense of optimism and physical well being.  Not only that, but you’ll have more fun as you approach things with the confidence that you will be successful.   


Optimism led to a man landing on the Moon, the Internet being created and a host of other things.  If you’re already an optimistic person, you know the benefits.  If not, try it on for size.  What do you have to lose but a little negativity?



Whelan Stone


About whelanstone

I'm originally from New York - lost my accent when I moved down to Florida - and made San Francisco my home in 1985. I've been recruiting & coaching for 12 years, with the best partner (Fred) you could ask for, and love what I do. When I'm not busy working I write screenplays (haven't sold one yet) and travel - Morocco this past summer was fantastic. Fred and I started this blog because we wanted to share what we've learned along the way. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do writing it.
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