CHAPTER 19

Optimism

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”

—VACLAV HAVEL, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

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Optimism is the ability to see hope and stay positive in all situations and times, regardless of how bleak the present may be. When things are going well, it is quite easy to be upbeat and in good spirits. Success, however, demands that we be able to see hope and possibilities even after major setbacks. One of the common denominators of all successful people is their ability to bounce ...

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