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The necessity for optimism

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Passion and overweening pride always remain threats to effective leadership, but optimism is a requirement.

A few leaders who stated it well:
  • Pablo Picasso, artist: “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t.”

  • Marie Curie, scientist: “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

  • Swami Vivekananda, Hindu spiritual leader: “Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more action-packed, richer in achievement and experience.”

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer: “Whatever you can do, or believe you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
—Adapted from Ego Check, Mathew Hayward, Kaplan Publishing.

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