“Pessimists manufacture misery by creating a negative universe that surrounds them. Optimists take delight in imagining the possibilities of opportunities they can create!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
One of my key motivational points for my clients has always been this idea.
“Many people see a trend and see a threat. Smart people see the same trend and see opportunity“
Think about that, and then ask yourself what mindset you are going to go forward with today.
Surround yourself with optimists! Oddballs! Positive people! Those who think differently! Be like Oblio! (Look it up!)
Abandon the negative people around you. Look for these folks: I’d suggest that you surround yourself with:
- optimists. You need to hang out with people who see all kinds of opportunity – not gloomsters who are convinced there is no future out there!
- people who do. Action oriented people. Folks who accomplish things. Those that do.
- people with open minds. Abandon those who aren’t prepared to abandon the status quo – find those who are willing to explore and understand different viewpoints, and use that as a kickoff for creativity.
- people who have experienced failure. Innovation and creativity comes from risk; risk comes from trying things. Failure is success – those who try lots of things do so with certainty that many will fail. That’s a good thing because that builds up experience and insight .
- oddballs and rebels. Some of the most brilliant thinking and best ideas can come from those who view the world through a different lens. They may seem odd at times, but they can be brilliantly creative.
- good listeners and debaters. They’re willing to challenge ideas, analyze issues, and think through the possibilities.
- people who think differently then you. Hang out with people who are your exact opposite – as long as they have an optimistic frame of mind. You’ll be amazed at what you learn, and how it will re-stir your creative juices.
In every single keynote, I focus on future trends and opportunities, and link that to the process and mindset of optimism.
I’m an optimist, continually willing to try new things, listening to other people, watching, observing, and learning.
Most important, I refuse to give in to the pervasive negative thinking that so many people envelope themselves within.
Maybe that’s why I see so many opportunities despite so many of the bleak headlines today.