I may have written this before, but so be it. Apologies for repetition, but if I had, this bears repeating.
Optimism abounds in all of us, but don't confuse that with hope. Hope is a good thing, but it is a wishful thing. It is a thought that we have that things will fall in our favor. It's not a bad thing, but it's not the very best of things.
Because it eliminates our role in the outcome.
Optimism, however, is the belief that we have the same chance as others. That we can make things happen. Andy Dufrane in The Shawshank Redemption said "...hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." But Andy made his own escape, it didn't just happen. When you "hope" for something you wait for it to happen.
I'm tired of "hoping" my book sells. Starting today, I'm going to be optimistic that I can make it sell.
Are you optimistic about your ability to complete your story, publish it, have it sell? Or are you just "hoping"?
Optimism is NOT Arrogance
Arrogance is the belief that you are BETTER than others. Optimism is the belief that you have the same CHANCE as others. We all have the chance to achieve our dreams. Don't ever let anyone tell you differently.
I'm starting a new book today with that as the title. "The Strength To Stand Up. Memoirs of an Unemployed Man." People have...
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