After taking the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, my results showed something that I’m already pretty aware of: I’m an Inspirer. What does that mean to me? I think it shows itself in my constant search for positivity in life, as well as my ongoing search for inspiration. Recently watching some business entrepreneurial videos, I came across a quote that did just that – it inspired me.
“I am a pessimist because of intelligence, but I am an optimist because of will.”
Quoted by the Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, it has held various meanings to many different people throughout time. In a business and personal sense, I see the quote as a warning of wishful thinking. Some people go through life just hoping, praying and wishing that their dreams will come true. They will make a million dollars one day, they will open their own business or they will become famous. It doesn’t work this way. You must be grounded in reality of your dreams, but remain a dreamer in the belief that anything is possible. See the world as it really is, but also have the courage to attempt difficult things and beat the odds. When these two ideas collide, it creates the true formula for success and getting whatever you want in life. Figuring out the baby steps, having a plan and being accountable for your follow through, whether it’s from mentors or a support group will be the recipe for success in achieving your goals and accomplishing whatever difficult tasks lie ahead in your future.