Why Optimism?

Written by Karlin Sloan

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”—Harry Trumanleadership and optimism

Leaders we admire are often optimistic. They are the ones we look to for inspiration—the ones who remind us of what’s possible. Optimistic leaders are able to see opportunities in bad markets, in challenging circumstances, in every situation that presents itself.

There are even health benefits to being an optimistic person and cultivating an optimistic state of being such as:

-Longer life

-Better quality of life

-Stronger immune system

-Illnesses are less severe

-Faster recovery from illness or injury

-Better adjustment to illness or trauma

-Decreased mental distress

Ryan J. Sokol of the Texas A&M University statistics department calculated the odds of a specific individual being born. When we say a “specific individual,” I am referring to someone EXACTLY like YOU. Sokol estimated the total number of fertile adults in the world, calculated the number of different genetic possibilities a man might contribute, adjusted for the number of hours of female fertility each month, and then factored in a long list of other considerations. The bottom line of Ryan’s length report said, “The chance that you, meaning exactly you, would ever be born are 1 in 1.3 times ten to the twenty-ninth power.”

Translation? The odds of you being born are 1 in130,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. You sure are lucky to be alive! If that’s not enough to make you optimistic, I don’t know what is!

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