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The Benefits of Pessimism

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  1. Reaver

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    This video highlights the benefits of pessimism. I don't think this video is meant to be taken 100% seriously, but it does raise some valid points.

    I laughed so hard when I watched it. I'm a pessimist through and through. People always tell me I'm too negative. I always counter with, "If I keep my expectations low I am never disappointed."

    It's true. I watch everyone around me get disappointed on a daily basis because they expect way too much out of people and life. But people are going to be people, and life shits on everyone, even the best of us. I'm a realist, and if that makes me a pessimist I am 100% fine with this label.

    That doesn't mean I don't have happy moments or that I'm not happy with my life. I think I'm happier because I don't expect much. I just take whatever comes my way. If I can change something I will. If I can't I just don't worry about it.

    I never did understand optimistic people. Fortunately for me, everyone in my life views the glass as half-empty. And we're all OK with that.
     
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    Just take one look at the ratio of journey threads with "earn $1000 a day" vs "earn $10 a day" and you'll see more people need to watch this video.
     
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    Optimist all the way. Half ass attitude equals half ass results, your mind is a powerful tool and a little positivity can go a long way.
     
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    Pure Optimist myself - one day i will get that tit wank off pamela anderson.......
     
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    If you checkout some of the girls on facebook called pamela anderson, i very much take pity on your soul :D
     
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    It does take a lot of optimism indeed to expect that you're going to wank off Pamela with your tits. :eek:
     
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    In business you just pick what you want/need to do and do it. Optimism or pessimism both aren't necessary
    to logically make a decision and know you will make it work.

    It may happen in a day or 500 days. Doesn't matter if you truly want it in your life.

    Maybe that's what optimism is? Sure doesn't sound like the self help books lol...
     
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    This is just pure nonsense though. Pessimists are pessimistic because they are always disappointed.
     
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    The last time I was disappointed I found out Ste Hughes wasn't using real baby seals for his Seals.

    That doesn't mean I'm always disappointed. It just means I look at things from a negative perspective, while other people look at things positively.

    Now ask me if I'm dysfunctional or suicidal.
     
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    Comedians everywhere i go....... :D

     
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    You're showing your age. lol At least you won't get the hiv if it's a nice wank.
     
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    There's a Charlie Sheen joke in there somewhere.
     
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    I need to read more about the Charlie Sheen AIDS, so I can joke about it. Wow, a junkie with plenty of money and mental issues got the hiv. No one saw that coming. You just know he's got the herp too.
     
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    Yeah, when he first announced it, I said "No one is shocked by this." Who didn't see that coming?
     
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    The big debate.. Did he get it from a dirty needle or a dirty hooker?
     
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    I'm going with needle. Such a high chance of getting something from needles. More so than sex.

    And going back to Pam Anderson, I see she's still drawing her eyebrows. She looks like a chola. That went out in the 90s thank god.
     
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    I never understood why people draw their eyebrows on their face. If you genuinely have no eyebrows for a good reason I get that. But when I see someone with drawn eyebrows I always think it's because they shaved them so they can make them look the way they want them to. And that makes zero sense to me.

    Then again, Whoopi Goldberg has no eyebrows at all. That also makes no sense to me.
     
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    Pessimists are such draining people to be around. I find them generally un-enjoyable company... just doom and gloom.
    I prefer people who are at least balanced - no need to be 'bright' or 'happy', just don't be a miserable bastard.
    See things for what they are, not worse than they are.
     
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    I don't think you wanna identify as a pessimist. As I've found that true pessimists make horrible business decisions and same for true optimists.

    If anything I'm just a realist. I try to be pessimistic and optimistic about everything. Like if I'm having the best month of my life I'll naturally feel optimistic. But I'll artificially amp up the pessimism to prepare for the next month. Then when that month isn't as good I'll naturally feel pessimistic, so I'll amp up the optimism.

    Real pessimists are the noobs coming on here saying IM doesn't work, they've tried everything (nothing), it's all failed, it's a scam..... most those people wind up broke.

    I try to look at savvy businessmen like Sean Parker. To outsiders he might look like a pessimist. As he doesn't smile much like Mark Cuban. He's a super intense person the way he speaks. But that's the type of attitude you need to have with business. It's an attitude of complete realism.

    One interesting thing I've noticed. When you get really good at neutralizing emotions that could sway you to make bad business decisions.... you're basically teaching yourself to be a psychopath. So a better thread might be "The Benefits of Psychopathy". I remember a study that was done on 6-7 investors who got into accidents and all damaged the region of the brain that controls empathy and emotion. These guys were studied and shown to make better business investments after their accidents. They were shown to make better business investments than the avg investor who didn't damage that region of the brain. Then all the studies that were done on high paid wall street brokers / investors. They showed all the guys in top positions had abnormally high scores on the psychopathy scale.

    That's something I've always been interested in. I really do think psychopaths make great businessmen. Not raging psychopaths that trigger economic collapse. But "learned" psychopathy if that makes sense. The type that's tempered with just the right level of empathy. Essentially people who score 25-30 on the psychopathy scale. You can't diagnose them as psychopaths, but they have strong psychopathic tendencies, with just enough empathy to stop them from destroying everything. I really think these guys make great salesman, investors, marketers, etc.
     
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    Hi, breaknbrix, do you have a link to this article or study.?