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Never Lose Hope that You Will Prevail in the End

Here are two powerful quotes from a thoughtful post by Rhondalynn Korolak, author of On The Shoulders of Giants and Financial Foreplay on her Australian Anthill blog:

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” –William Arthur Ward

“I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.” -POW General James Stockdale

Rhondalynn comments on the importance of persistence and a long-term perspective to make optimism work. As I commented on her blog, she is right on target and provides some interesting comments. The research on optimism that I looked at to right my new book, The Optimism Advantage, found that optimism isn’t motivation on hype or Pollyanna thinking. It is earned through a track record of overcoming obstacles. The more obstacles you overcome, the more you believe that you will do it again.

No matter whether you live in Australia or the U.S., these times test you, refine you and teach you life lessons you never forget. I know POW’s like Charlie Plumb. They drew strength from each other–normal people honed by crisis to develop character and perseverance. We all stand on the shoulder of giants, but we must earn our own optimism in every generation. You earn it the hard way–by overcoming obstacles one at a time.

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