Optimism: The master key to success

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When it comes right down to it, it may be that the litmus test for a prosperous, happy life spins around a singular attitude of optimism. Optimism is the tendency or predisposition to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well. It is one of the elements used to evaluate our emotional intelligence quotient. And the good news is that even if our first inclination is to be a Negative Nancy, we can learn to teach ourselves about being optimistic. If we can develop an optimistic attitude, we can take on any challenge and win the situation.

Optimism is the expectation that good things will come our way and that we have the proficiency to control the direction of our life. There are loads of common catchphrases that capture the essence of optimism: Seeing the glass as half full, Making lemonade out of lemons, Every cloud has a silver lining. Each of these phrases conveys the belief that optimism can transmute a negative situation into something positive, and that optimism helps guide people to look for meaning in times of adversity or hardship. We should develop the ability to look at the upside of life and maintain a positive attitude even in the worst of times which can make the ultimate difference in leading a happy life as well as a successful career.

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Shivanand Pandit, based in Goa, is a tax specialist, financial adviser, guest faculty and public speaker. He can be reached at panditgoa@gmail.com

Shivanand Pandit

Shivanand Pandit, based in Goa, is a tax specialist, financial adviser, guest faculty and public speaker. He can be reached at panditgoa@gmail.com