“THE PESSIMIST COMPLAINS ABOUT THE WIND; THE OPTIMIST EXPECTS IT TO CHANGE; THE REALIST ADJUSTS THE SAILS.”
All of us have come across the “half-glass situation” at some point in life. Finding ourselves amid this pandemic and lock-down situation, is one such example. Right now, how we think, adapt and react to this unnatural condition determines and reflects our thinking and coping mechanism. We can be either pessimistic or optimistic, as they say.
Optimistic thinkers choose to give credit and praise themselves for the things that falls right into the place and blame all the possible external factors and elements for the wrong turns.
On the contrary, Pessimistic thinkers always undermine their capabilities and tend to be the fall guy. They blame themselves for all the things that go wrong, even if they aren’t responsible for the failure of the predicted result. They believe that any success that they ever get is merely because of luck.
“TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. ARE YOU AN OPTIMIST OR A PESSIMIST?”
This is a question which is very common when it comes to the HR interviews of various firms. And it’s a widely spread belief that if they say the later one, they will be kicked out. Well, that’s not the case.!!
All that the interviewer wants to acknowledge is what role you will fit in.
Let’s take an example, if there are only optimists in a team working for some project, then they will slow down their work immediately after they start because, they will focus and pat their shoulders more about what’s done and leaving what is still remaining. But we can’t have a team full of pessimists either. The reason being, they will start criticizing the work as soon as it starts and will focus on the lows, more than on the highs. This too will result in the turtle-progress.
“SO, WHAT SHOULD I BE?”
I think, its best to have a perfect balance between the both. A perfect team will be the one in which there is a concoction of people who keep the moral high of everyone around for the good work they are doing and those who will dig out and present the flaws, to make the quality better.
Here comes the third category- “Realistic”
Realistic thinkers are those whom, I’d like to refer to as – “awake”. They accept the situation as it is and don’t deny the facts or play the blame game. They are prepared to deal with the situation and act accordingly.
Neither they talk with phrases like – “at least…” or “it could have been worse….” like optimists nor they use the words like- “should’ve or could’ve…” like pessimists. Realists are those who say- “this is…”. They don’t let the ghost of the past haunt them or the fear of the future torment them. It’s the present that matters and the goal that they have to reach. If something is bad, they will accept it, improvise and move ahead and if something is good, they will be motivated and continue the good work.
“WHAT SHOULD I DO, KEEPING THE CURRENT SCENARIO IN MIND?”
Optimistic: Because the things will get better, sooner or later. Also, that we are alive, have food and shelter.
Pessimistic: Because we need to work hard and not forget the scenario around. We have to be aware,awake and keep the precautions at all the levels.
Realistic: Because it is what it is and we have to figure a way out of this. There is no point crying over what we can’t have as of now, so its better we make the best out of whatever we have and not stop trying for better.
“GLASS IS HALF, EITHER FULL OR EMPTY. ITS ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE.”