Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A Good Private Personal Assistant is Both an Optimist and a Pessimist

In any challenging environment, one can choose to be a pessimist or an optimist. When the market fluctuates, for instance, a businessperson can respond in one of two ways: "I failed" or "Try again." Whilst a pessimist may play it safe until things normalise, an optimist takes the initiative to find a way forward. An optimistic frame of mind may seem like the obvious thing to adapt in any problem. Yet John Davis, senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, urges executives and entrepreneurs to be pessimistic or optimistic depending on the situation. Pessimism, particularly when circumstances are against you, leads you to reinvent the wheel. Optimism, on the other hand, encourages you to keep reaching for your goal.

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