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Optimism vs Pessimism

In my opinion, a defining feature of good entrepreneurs is an optimistic outlook, tempered by a realism won through the hard school of experience. It’s why I have always appreciated Theodore Zeldin’s explanation of the difference between the glass half-full and the glass half-empty:

“Optimism is awareness that despite nastiness and stupidity, there is something else too. Pessimism is resignation, an inability to find a way out. The eternal see-saw between optimism and pessimism has been weighted in favour of the latter by writers whose view of the world has been formed by an examination of their own navel, rather than undertaking new adventures”

(Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity)


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