The Counterintuitive Trait That Will Make You Significantly More Successful

One of my biggest pet peeves is when a pessimist says, “I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist.”

Truthfully, most of us think we’re “realists.” We see the world the way we see it. But how we actually behave is a different matter, and reveals the truth about our outlook. A “realist” who complains about how the country will be worse under President X is really a pessimist. A “realist” who thinks that because she’s won three hands in a row means she’s more likely to win the next hand is optimistic, but in a very bad way.

Optimism: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.


Pessimism: a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future.

Generally, pessimism is seen as a bad thing. It prevents us from going after our dreams. Yet, smart investors rely on pessimism to hedge bets and not lose money. And though glass-half-full optimism is typically praised by society and touted by successful entrepreneurs, Bernie Madoff went to prison because of his faith in his ability to beat the financial system without getting caught.

After spending the last few years studying and interviewing unconventional successes and the factors that lead to faster-than-usual progress (and even writing a book about it), I’ve found that something that’s commonly conflated with pessimism actually makes a crucial difference between moderately successful people and incredibly successful people. This trait is a key ingredient in the formula that leads to breakthrough innovation, and goes often unrecognized.

Fact is, Optimism vs. Pessimism—one’s measure of faith in the future—is an incomplete yardstick for future success. But when we add second dimension to that yardstick, we reveal a combination that makes optimism much more powerful. That dimension is credulity.

The differences between Optimism and Credulity, Skepticism and Pessimism, are subtle. But they’re crucial. On their face, credulity seems to be a marker of good faith, a noble value, and skepticism is thought of as grouchy or stubborn. However, here’s how the dictionary defines them:

Credulous: having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.
Skeptical: not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations.

When charted by these two dimensions, it’s clear that some measure of success and failure can be found in every category:

A compulsive gambler, is both optimistic and credulous, believing she can and will win. And yet, entrepreneurs are often both optimistic and credulous.

Someone with a persecution complex is both skeptical and pessimistic, believing people have ill intentions and things won’t get better. And yet, some hoarders and hermits leave their kin valuable property in their wills.

A conspiracy nut is perhaps worst of all: he is both eager to believe and pessimistic about the future. And yet conspiracy websites make money from advertisements. (Not to mention, some investors make—or avoid losing—lots of money using this attitude.)

Though people can find success with any of these combinations, the most counter-intuitive quadrant is the one where the most breakthrough success can be found: Optimistic, but Skeptical. This is where the innovators reside, where inventors who dare to doubt the status quo ask the questions that need to be asked in order for the world to change. They need a healthy amount of optimism to believe that the world can change for the better, and that drives them to make transformative things happen:

*(Note: I don’t intend to downplay the hardship that is clinical depression, re: Quadrant 3. Depression comes with, by definition, an inability to see a better future. You’re skeptical of the value of basic things in life including life itself, and that’s an incredibly difficult obstacle.)

As you can see, credulous optimists can be quite successful, and do a lot of good. But there’s something special about optimists’ skeptical counterparts.
While credulous optimists rely on good winds to push their sails (and often find them), skeptical optimists ask questions like, “Do we need sails?”

Once you recognize the trait, it’s easy to see why the world’s great change-makers fit in this category, and why skeptical optimism is under-appreciated. Steve Jobs was one of the world’s greatest optimists, and that’s what people remember him for. But he was also incredibly demanding and skeptical. He was constantly unsatisfied, consistently pushing back against what was shown him or what was conventional. He continually said, “That’s not good enough.”

Jobs was not easily convinced. But he believed in an incredible future. And that combination helped him unlock it.

Harriet Tubman, one of my favorite historical characters, was clearly an optimist when she had many reasons not to be. She was born a slave, lived a hard life, suffered a head injury that caused her seizures; her husband remarried another woman and declined to flee north with her. And yet, after she escaped from her captors, Tubman ventured back into slave territory to rescue people. She clearly had faith in a better future for her and them, and that’s what people remember.

But Tubman wasn’t credulous. She was extremely careful, carried a pistol with her (and had occasion to pull it out). She was wary of circumstances and people’s loyalty and intentions until proven otherwise—and that allowed her to rescue dozens of people from slavery and inspire millions more.

The skeptical optimist believes things can be better, but doubts conventional wisdom. Sure, madmen also fall under this definition. But as I’ve written before, crazy is one of genius’s main ingredients.

For those of us who have faith in a better future, personally or professionally, cultivating a skeptical eye can transform how we operate—for the better. For those that lack confidence, let’s harness that doubt into healthy solutions and big ideas.

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty if you think you can make a better glass.

Latest ASUS smartwatch teasers include sketches of the hardware

Originally posted on Cash Now Phones :


Latest ASUS smartwatch teasers include sketches of the hardware.

ASUS will officially reveal a new wearable device on Sept. 3, but since we’ve still got a little over a week before then, the company has decided to pass the time by posting more teaser images.

A couple of new images posted to ASUS’s official Facebook give us a peek at what to expect from the upcoming wearable device. The sketches show a watch-like product with a square face, rounded corners and what may be a curved body.

Rumors have suggested that ASUS’s smartwatch may feature an AMOLED display and a price tag ranging from $99 to $149. What features would this ASUS wearable need to have to get you to open up your wallet?

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How to Earn Your Master’s Degree in Europe…for FREE!

Originally posted on LONGING TO TRAVEL:

A lifelong dream of mine was to live and study in Europe. I was only 19 when this dream came true and little did I know that it would change the course of my life forever. After that summer of learning French in the south of France, I was hooked on living abroad and was determined to do everything and anything possible to get myself back to Europe.

In my pursuit of happiness (and another awesome adventure abroad), I discovered that you could earn a degree from a European university for less than you’d pay in the USA. If this sounds awesome to you, keep reading…

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1. You can study (almost) any subject in English.

That’s right. There are thousands of programs in all disciplines offered at the bachelors, master’s and doctorate levels.

Click here to learn more about Master’s…

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Horrible History: Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

Originally posted on Excavating the Past:

A sip of unpasteurized sheep or goat’s milk may have spelled doom for a medieval Italian man.

A new genetic analysis of bony nodules found in a 700-year-old skeleton from Italy reveal that the man had brucellosis, a bacterial infection caught from livestock, when he died. It’s not clear if the disease killed the man, but he likely would have suffered from symptoms such as chronic fatigue and recurring fevers, according to the researchers who analyzed the bones.

This medieval Italian man joins many other long-dead people in getting a postmortem diagnosis of brucellosis. Signs of the disease have been found in skeletons from the Bronze Age and earlier. In fact, the disease predates modern humans: In 2009, researchers reported possible signs of brucellosis in a specimen of the human ancestor Australopithecus africanus, who lived more than 2 million years ago. (10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species

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Originally posted on Mastering Flânerie:

B U D A P E S T   even the name resonates individuality and quirk – this is a city that has captured my heart. it has the most special charm to it, with such a unique culture and history. Although it is clearly less developed than Western Europe it is by no means third world. Budapest has such a strong identity that is confident enough to stand alone and has a magical power of drawing people into its way of life. If every you have an opportunity to visit this hidden gem grab it up and stay for a year! 

From the get-go my experience in this capital city was perfect. I stayed at Maverick City Lodge on Kazinczy Utca, just outside of the tourist district but clearly the area for local cuisine at affordable rates. Every morning I was able to get my caffeine fix at Goamama

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How to have fun in Amsterdam: Day 1

Originally posted on Traveling in your Twenties:

Directly following our birthright adventure in Israel, me and my travel compadre headed to The Netherlands to kickstart our two week tour across Europe. We had always heard stories about the fascinating legalities that exist in Amsterdam, and before arriving, were sure to gather as much useful advise and as many recommendations as possible. Amsterdam for us was the beginning of the next level of our travel experience abroad. Because of the liabilities placed on the organization sponsoring the birthright trip, our ability to roam and indulge in the nightlife was very limited–if not completely restricted at times, so Amsterdam in our minds would be the perfect place to temporarily place responsibility on the back burner and take full advantage of our new unbridled freedom. Practically from the moment we awoke in our newly-made hostel beds we set off to hit the city. The first thing we did after we got breakfast was…

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So wow, much social

Originally posted on Visible to the Naked Eye:

Apparently the recent Samsung update comes with a pre-installed Line app, because suddenly there’s one on my phone that I can’t get rid of. I also can’t use it, somehow: tapping the icon just brings up Line’s Google Play page, and tapping “Open” on that page brings up…nothing. There were no post-update error messages, so I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that Samsung installed this empty shell of an app just to fuck with me.

This has been “Good Times with Tech” with your usual grumping. You may now resume your glitch-free lives.

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Orbs’ Money-Making Secrets From 9 Wizards

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. Tizor the Grand Mage

In his latest brochure, Tizor the Grand Mage details a plan to play financial chicken with the New York Stock Exchange. His left-field approach stems from his historical encounters with stock bubbles, which have long since left him enormously wealthy. For example, Tizor still owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, which cost about $1500 at the time (at the time of this writing, BRK.A was priced at $192,441.00 a share). According to Tizor, the spells he was taught by his father, the luminous Gruefuis the Wild, helped tremendously with his financial acumen. “I thought about investing in real estate, but my father — bless his spirit — warned me that it would be suicide,” Tizor the Grand Mage said. “Why invest in something that people can physically ruin, when you can invest in something that people need, but is intangible? So I invested a…

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