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by Vidya Sury December 15, 2010 0 comment
Yeah, Optimism.
Being optimistic is always a great state of mind to be in. But this one is just too good –  I loved it when I read it today. See if you enjoy it, too:

Here’s a story of  the gentleman who was being given a tour of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv. The tour guide was pointing out the features of the incredible structure. 

The stonework was unbelievably beautiful. The wall tapestries, paintings, gold inlays, etc., were absolutely gorgeous. 
Finally, the tourist said, “I assume you named the facility for Horace Mann, the famous author.” 
The tour guide answered with a smile, “No, we named it after Frederick Mann from Philadelphia.” The tourist remarked, “Frederick Mann? What did he write?” 
The tour guide said, “A check.” 
Now, that’s pragmatic optimism! 
Did you know that the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary identifies the optimist in complimentary terms, but says nothing about the pessimist?  The word “pessimist” was not in our vocabulary at that time. It’s a modern “invention” which we should “dis-invent.”  Become an optimist – a pragmatic one!
Source: Zig Ziglar – who’s a fabulous motivator. His work is amazing and I owe much of my enthusiasm in my career to reading his work.
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