How to Overcome Pessimists Even if it’s You

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News report: The economy only added 160,000 jobs last month.

Economist: Blah, blah. Doom and gloom. Blah, blah. End of the world. Obscure economic term, blah, blah. Blame someone, blah, blah.

That is pretty much how a recent segment went on the radio.

Overcoming Pessimists - Glass is Half Full or Empty?

The “economy” added 160,000 jobs?

No it didn’t. People did. People who run small businesses. People who run “evil” corporations. People who are employing others, driving the economy, and…changing the world.

Then some economist commentated on this “disappointing” news. In a matter of twenty seconds, he managed to explain why the numbers were actually bad, blame both political parties, depress 87% of the listeners, and tie-in the job numbers to an increase in dandruff. OK, I made that last one up…and the statistic about depression.