From Chapter 10 “Optimism/Enthusiasm” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food For Thought
- If you’re on the right side of the turf, how bad can it be?
- It’s clear to me that, time and time again, optimism and enthusiasm have literally saved the day and sometimes the empire.
- Enthusiasm is infectious-spread it.
In Other Words
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making Optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself.
~ Lucille Ball
Optimist: someone who isn’t sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy but is tickled silly just to be in the play.
~ Robert Brault
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
~ Dale Carnegie
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough.
~ Richard M. Devos
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t ever become a pessimist … A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun—and neither can stop the march of events.
~ Robert A. Heinlein
Follow your enthusiasm. It’s something I’ve always believed in. Find those parts of your life you enjoy the most. Do what you enjoy doing.
~ Jim Henson
Study the unusually successful people you know, and you will find them imbued with enthusiasm for their work which is contagious. Not only are they themselves excited about what they are doing, but they also get you excited.
~ Paul W. Ivey
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
~ John Wesley
Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
~ Og Mandino
Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.
~ Norman Vincent Peale