“If optimism is important, it’s because many outcomes are determined by how much of it we bring to the task. It is an important ingredient of success. This flies in the face of the elite view that talent is the primary requirement of a good life, but in many cases the difference between success and failure is determined by nothing more than our sense of what is possible and the energy we can muster to convince others of our due. We might be doomed not by a lack of skill, but by an absence of hope.”
∼This quote is from Art as Therapy, by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, 2013–as quoted by Maria Popova in Art as Therapy : Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art.∼
Yesterday I sat down to find a quote to post for Colleen Chesebro’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday — I had a few ideas on hand, but none of them appealed to me. This quote struck a chord …at first, because I needed an optimism boost, having just read an analysis of global climate change commitments. But then, I refocused.
This quote is about personal success and failure in life: how a positive frame of mind allows some of us to pursue our interests and promote our efforts; and how lack of confidence leads others to take a back seat. For me, this is a relatively new notion. In my life, people tended to emphasize hard work and talent. There was little conversation about hope,optimism, or self-promotion.
I pondered my respect for those who dare to write and publish books, stories, novels, and poetry compilations. I shifted to where I am right now: on day 11 of the NaBloPoMo challenge–it’s starting to be an eye opener having to post every day. It’s not so easy to back off, to discard an idea, or to sit on a draft…oh those were the days. I’m having to tap into my internal capacity for positivity and confidence more and more. So…..
May we keep expanding our personal senses of what’s possible and celebrate cheerfulness, hope, and optimism, on our roads to ‘success’!