Watching my son as he interacts with the world he has the joy of any child in discovering this wondrous new adventure called life. When I watch other children, it’s apparent that many children enter the world with an abundant joy for life.
However, often times, we see adults that get discouraged by the world around them. They become pessimistic or afraid of failure. They begin to fear the negative things in life.
My goal as a parent is to nurture the positive attitude in my son. As a society, we are aware in our minds that many things in life is just a matter of perspective. So we come up with a number of sayings to reflect this philosophy:
- The glass is half full
- Make lemonade out of lemons
- Look for the silver lining
We even have jokes that reflect this mindset.
Have you heard the one about the scientists that run a test on the overly optimistic boy and the pessimistic boy?
They want to see if they can cheer up the pessimistic boy, so they put him in a room with a pony.
The optimistic boy, they want to see if anything can dampen his spirits, so they put him in a room with a big pile of manure.
They give the boys about an hour in their rooms, then go to see how they are doing.
When they open the pessimistic boy’s room, they are shocked to find him sitting in the corner looking sad and depressed.
They ask him what’s wrong and the boy tells them that such a big pony is going to poop everywhere and he’s going to have to clean up after it.
After this the scientists go to the optimistic boy’s room and are shocked to find him playing around in the manure and tossing it in the air in joy. So they ask him why he’s so happy.
He says, “With all this manure, there’s bound to be a pony around here somewhere!”
The moral of the story is that everything is a matter of perspective.
Maintain A Positive Attitude!
Maintaining that positive attitude is important to continuing to have that drive to achieve. It allows a person to see the joys in life instead of the downsides. It builds confidence in the ability to surpass setbacks and failures and move on.
This is a quality we need to maintain in blogging just as we do in life. How many stories do we hear about bloggers who take on the endeavor only to give up after a few months?
Sometimes we see a small amount of income from a blog and only see the downside. But think on this: How many brick and mortar businesses ever see any actual profit?
Most new brick and mortar businesses never turn a cent of profit, and close up shop after a year.
Compare that with a blog, where the overhead can be as low as $3.50 a month for hosting. You can turn a profit with just $5.00 of income a month. You’re actually doing better as a startup than most brick and mortar shops!
If you stay positive, and keep going, then the next month that $5.00 may double, and then triple and continue going up!
If you stay positive, you will see any set backs as a lesson that helps you improve in the future. It’s just another way to learn how to succeed!
Staying positive can be the difference between success and failure.
This is a lesson for my child as well as for bloggers.
We need to relearn that joy of discovery and living that we all had as children and hold on to that feeling!