Sunday, 12 February 2012

The good, The bad, The weird

I first saw this quote was on Facebook. My very first thought was that it was clever and quite humorous. After a while I actually started to think about it and realized it was probably one of the most amazing things I have ever read. If you break this quote down to its very core, you can see that this quote basically describes everyone in this world.

For example, we all know at least one person in our life who is the optimist, who looks at the glass half full all the time. They are the ones who find the good in the worst situation. They are the ones who always have a smile on their face even if their heart is filled with pain and sadness.

Then we have our pessimists, we all know at least ten because let’s be honest, it is much easier to be a pessimist than an optimist. The pessimist is the friend you have that always thinks of the “worst-case scenario” and then acts like it has already happened. They are the ones who have a frown on their face even if their life is filled with joy and pleasures. I honestly highly dislike those people because they are always the ones that bring you down even if it is not their goal because just being around them drains your happiness slowly.

Then we have the realists who are actually my personal favourite because they are what I believe to be the “middle ground” between optimists and pessimists. The best way I can explain a realist would be if an optimist says that the glass is half full and the pessimist says that the glass is half empty then the realist would say the glass contained water and nothing else. If he was to make a decision about whether the glass was half full or empty with water, he would make the transition into either being an optimist or pessimist. 

Now we finally come to the opportunist who I believe are the ones that succeed in this world because they do not waste time arguing but rather act and get things done. Opportunists illuminate the phrase “actions speak louder than words” because unlike the other types of personalities, opportunists waste no time with words but rather decided to take action which ultimately makes them the victor.

It is important to remember that discussing things is the first step to making things happen but it is also important to remember that discussing things is meaningless if there is no plan to take action. There have been times when people say things like “that person is bad because he is such an opportunist and they just take advantage of a situation”. In my opinion people only say that because they wish they had done it first.

I believe if a person has an opportunity to do something and it does not bring harm to others then they should jump at the chance to take action. Those are the types of people who make a name for themselves in the world. They are the types of people who advance far ahead of the rest. The only reason people may dislike opportunists is because they believe that opportunists are selfish and only look out for themselves. 

I disagree because I think they are just people who have a better grasp of how to survive in our world. They have realized sooner than the rest that in order to be someone in the world, in order to make a name for yourself, and most important in order to secure your future, you must jump at every opportunity presented to you. 

In the end I believe that we all have all four of those personalities inside us because there are times when we see the glass half full and empty. There are times when our common sense tells us that the glass is merely an instrument that carries the water and there are times that we are thirsty so we simply drink the water before we lose the opportunity to do so. 

Are you a person that tries to see the good in everything or the bad? Are you someone who sees things how they are and nothing more? Or are you someone who acts rather than only think because in the end it is for you to decide. In the end your answer to those questions are what you an individual, they are what make you unique, they are what make you “you”

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”- George Bernard Shaw

Note: An Accountant wants to know why you're wasting money on a glass that's obviously too large.

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