This is from a discussion that I started a while ago on a social network site. The answers were so good I thought I would share them!

What are some differences between how the 2 types of people act? I'll start... an optimist sees a setback as temporary, while the pessimist sees it as permanent. The optimist sees an unfortunate event, such as an order that falls through or a sales call that fails, as a temporary event, something that is limited in time and that has no real impact on the future. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees negative events as permanent, as part of life and destiny.

Reply by Craig on September 17, 2010 at 9:39am

Well Paul you know I am big on what I see as the FACT that we tend to get what we focus on. Pessimist walks into the best steak house in the world and gets a lousy steak, bad service and a mistake on the bill...NOT to his or her favor!
Optimist drives into the mall and gets the only parking spot left....30 feet from the front door.

It's like that one quote we read in our training about the two shoe salemen in the Australian outback selling shoes to the aboriginis. First "salesman

[pessimist] calls home office "No business here, these people don't wear shoes" Second SALESPERSON calls home office "GREAT opportunity here,none of these people have shoes yet"

I would be more of an Optimist!....Not Polyanna, because we need to focus on the end game, optimism, faith without work....doesn't work!

Reply by Bob on September 17, 2010 at 10:09am

I'm a pragmatist. If looking at a glass that is half way, I will see a glass that is half way. 50% full - 50% empty. I used to be an optimist, thinking the best of people, until I moved to Florida. Now I see people for who they are. No words, just deeds. And I optimistically believe, people's hearts are getting harder. A little less caring. I wonder if this had anything to do with our last election?

Reply by Tony on September 17, 2010 at 10:16am

I will admit this one got me thinking so I decided to contribute! The way I see it...

The optimist sees a set back as "reality" and uses it as motivation to move forward... The pessimist sees a set back as "reality" and uses it as justification to withdraw.

The optimist sells a car today and is motivated to sell another one - today. The pessimist sells a car today and "hopes" he sells one tomorrow.

The optimist attributes their success to skill. The pessimist attributes their success to luck.

Reply by Lane on September 17, 2010 at 11:36am

I'm with Craig's sentiment. I see it like this: There is no glass or water, there is only what you want to see. Luckily for me, I was wired from the factory for seeing the opportunity in everything. (Ok, maybe too many things!)

Reply by Mike on September 17, 2010 at 11:57am

a optimist focuses on the solution, the pessimist only the problem. Smile and the world smiles with you

Reply by David on September 17, 2010 at 10:35pm

I'm an optimist that agrees with what Lane said, "There is no glass or water, there is only what you want to see."

While I look on the bright side of everything I also know that if you want an opportunity you have to either create it or go looking for it. Hard work and a dedication to being the best is what I believe in, it helps though, that along the way, I allow NOTHING to get me down because I know that no matter how bad things are or get that I can either feel sorry for myself or see the bright side in the things that are going on around me by turning them into a positive. I much prefer to look at the brighter side, I'm much happier that way... funny how that works.

Reply by Nancy on September 21, 2010 at 2:51pm

David, I am going to be 50 in November and the day I stop learning is the day I get out of the business! My grandmother just died recently at 102 years old and she was so inquisitive right up until the day she died, asking the hospice nurse what she was doing and why... She knew she was dying at any moment, and when I asked her why she asked so many questions, she said she just wanted to learn! Gotta love it!

Lets continue this discussion below, in the comment section. Do you see the glass half full or half empty?