Research shows that a positive attitude will go far. But what exactly does that mean? Optimism is: Believing you have a solution to every problem, even if the solution requires you to tear down or retrace your steps. Banishing negativity, even if it means you simply have to walk away. Getting around roadblocks and succeeding despite tall odds. The most stirring success stories are the ones with gargantuan obstacles. Seeing each setback as a way to learn, grow and accomplish something new.