Are You An Optimist or Pessimist?
Are you the type that sees the glass half full or half empty? When it comes to dealing with life and situations, we all see the same situation from different perspectives. In most cases, life doesn’t treat us based on our outlook or perspective on life. That you are an optimist doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen to you.
Similarly, being a pessimist doesn’t mean you can’t get something good. Generally, both optimist and pessimist have pros and cons.
“Often times, optimists are considered unrealistic, while realistic people are seen as pessimists. Yet, everyone wants to be around the unrealistic optimists while people avoid pessimists because they don’t want to hear that there is a slight chance that they may fail.”
When you ask some people where they belong, most of them have no idea, Optimist or Pessimist. I have discovered that people can be optimist or pessimist based on a situation. Take for instance; someone that has witnessed a particularly bad situation, such as failing a particular paper multiple times may not have so much confidence in the outcome after writing such paper again.
But here is the thing:
You are going to benefit whether you are optimist or pessimist. This is because the only choice you have to make is what you believe will benefit you most. You are not stuck being one or the other, you can change based on situations.
If you are not comfortable being too realistic, you can work on being an optimist.
Both optimist and pessimist believe that their perspective on life is the most authentic; otherwise they wouldn’t hold to it. Of course, there is some supporting evidence for each of these two.
However, it is important that we find a balance in all things in life. In this article, you will learn the pros and cons of being an optimist as well as the pros and cons of being a pessimist. This, I believe, will help you find a balance.
Who is an Optimist?
If you go through life thinking that everything you see has potential and all situations will turn out in your favor, you are an optimist. An optimist is a person with a positive outlook on life. If you constantly feel life can always be better then you are an optimist.
An optimist tries to look on the bright side of things. He is willing to take chance even if the chance of success is just one percent. A true optimist believes that 1% chance of success is enough to see him succeed. He is willing to take more risk in life in order to get what he wants. He is not afraid of situations because he genuinely believes that things will work out well.
Optimists are regarded as positive thinkers because they tend to be more open to possibilities. Optimists believe they can control and shape the world around them.
A true optimist doesn’t just sit down and wait for everything to turn out exactly the way they want it. Instead, he takes action to make them so. A true optimist is the one that will stare a half-empty glass and say: “I’m gonna add some ice and drink that sucker”.
Optimists make good entrepreneurs.
This is because they are willing to take a risk. When everyone thinks the market is saturated, they believe their new idea can bring them customers. They are likely to succeed more at a place of work because they are not afraid to ask for a promotion.
Statistical speaking, optimism is regarded as a desired mental state. Studies have also shown that optimists have a lower risk for depression than pessimists and they tend to have better general health.
As far as being optimistic comes with a number of benefits, it also has consequences. Being overly optimistic can blind you to the cost and consequences of a situation. In some cases, optimists tend to overestimate the benefits and underestimate the cost leading to a poor decision.
Pros of Being an Optimist
Risk Taking: Optimists are not afraid to take risks. They believe that their new idea will work. Even when the first attempt didn’t work as planned, they usually take it as a bump in the road and continue making attempts until they achieve what they want.
Happy and Healthy: Due to their positive attitude towards life, optimists are considered to have better health and lower risk of depression.
Bounce Easily: Like I mentioned above, optimists are likely to make an attempt again after a failure. They believe in the saying that “third time is a charm”.
Motivation: If you are looking for motivation, you can get it from optimists. Generally, optimists can give awesome pep talks.
Unrealistic Targets: The reality is that life is full of ups and downs. Things will not always turn out the way we want it. Optimists can sometimes neglect this fact and set unrealistic targets that may lead to failure and waste of resources.
Unforeseen Problems: Most optimists generally ignore risk assessments and contingency plans. They can confront situations without thinking it through.
Rely More On Luck and Chances: Optimists tend to rely more on luck and chances. Many of them believe a lot of things around them are responsible for the events in their life
Who is Pessimist?
A pessimist is a person with a negative outlook in life. A friend once told me that there are so much bad news all around us these days; terrorism, bad economy, loss of jobs, war, it’s hard not to be a pessimist these days. It is hard to stay optimistic will this negativity happening in the world around us.
If you are prone to seeing problems, you are a pessimist. This attitude could prevent you from embracing change or avoiding something that could be beneficial to you just because you are afraid of failing. Pessimists are not risk-takers.
Most of them will prefer working for someone instead of establishing their own business. Why? Because they don’t want to fail.
Most people believe that pessimists are people who believe that things will go wrong. This is not completely true. These people tend to be more careful and usually consider all the risks involved in a situation before making a move.
Pessimism isn’t just about negative thinking. Most pessimists focus on the outcome. The only problem is that unlike optimists, pessimists expect negative outcomes are more likely when looking at the same situation with an optimist.
Pessimists are more aware of the realities of the world than their fellow optimists. They are the people who understand that things won’t always turn out the way we expect them despite our best efforts.
These people usually spend a lot of time planning, analyzing, making changes, and changing tactics just to lower the odds of failure.
While pessimism can seem like such a turn-off, these people can be valuable in business. This is because a pessimist always believes that things will turn out negatively.
Thus, he always has a contingency plan – Plan B. Pessimists usually spend a lot of time analyzing situations and outcomes before they take action. They are more realistic than optimists. The great thing with pessimists is that they always go into things well-prepared because they don’t want to fail.
Pros of Being Pessimists
Not Disappointed Easily: Pessimists expect people to disappoint them. They expect things to go wrong. What might shock an optimistic will sound like regular news to a pessimist.
More Productive: Pessimists don’t believe in luck. Instead, they plan carefully to limit the odds of failures.
Always Prepared for the Worst: Pessimists are ready for the worst outcome. There isn’t a disaster you are not ready for. They can easily bounce back from bad situations because they expect them to happen.
Acceptance: Unlike optimists who live in denial, pessimists easily accept failure and move on.
Independent: Pessimists usually trust no one but themselves. They don’t depend on anyone. This makes them to be independent.
Cons of Being Pessimists
Usually Miss Out: Pessimists over-analyze situations making them to miss out on something good.
They are always afraid and big-time conservatives
They are not aware of their potentials
They even doubt their capabilities all the time
Instead of focusing on opportunities, pessimists always focus on problems.
Where Did You Belong?
Optimism and pessimism are just two sides of the coin called Life. If you haven’t figured out where you belong, then I will recommend that you choose both.
There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic or pessimistic. You only have a problem when you are too much of one or the other.
Like I suggested above, you need to find a balance. According to a famous writer, the best way to face life is to prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
When you are an optimist, you will be upbeat, but being a pessimist helps you analyze situations and prepare for them.
You need both to be successful in life. You need a little bit of both more than you think!