Don’t fall off your chair…
… But this morning Sue forwarded me a comment online that wasn’t calling me a sexist, this movement a cult or my opinion chauvinistic.
The feedback in question?
“Charlie, I love your videos. Your optimism and outlook are contagious. Thank you and keep up the great work. Pete”
Now, as much as I love the fan mail let me clear something up.
It’s about the word “Optimism.”
… and more importantly the difference between an optimist and a REAL fucking optimist.
It’s a small shift, but one that carries BIG consequences.
… Especially for self-made men like you and I.
Because here’s the thing…
Real optimists don’t believe in just sunshine and rainbows.
That my friend is COMPLACENCY.
And if history has taught me anything it’s that blind optimism and complacency are the Achilles heel of even the smartest men that walk this planet.
… Despite what the pumped up puppets that preach endless positivity will tell you.
See, for me, REAL optimism is an understanding that over time good things WILL happen – IF you do the fucking work.
… BUT an understanding that even IF you do the work – shit will still hit the fan.
It’s not a matter of if.
It’s a matter of when.
Truth is, it’s how you optimistically look forward while ruthlessly priming, practising and preparing for a tornado of shit that separates the men from the boys.
It’s why the men here and behind these closed doors, relentlessly prioritise and execute in areas that offer CONTINGENCY over complacency.
Contingency gives confidence, confidence gives consistency and consistency is the catalyst for results.
More on that here:
That all said, I’ll leave you with the words from the late statistician Hans Rosling:
“I am not an optimist. I am a very serious possibilist”
Make More. Provide More. Be More.