The Truth About Positive Thinking


I like to share positive and uplifting articles. It can also be fun to indulge in sarcasm and cynicism from time to time, truly it can, but it’s not productive.

At the same time, I’m not a fan of “anyone can do anything if you just believe it” mentality. Anyone with a bit of experience, whose lived in the world for longer than a minute, can see right through that.

I recently read an article that listed a large number of reasons (25? 32?) why dreaming big dreams leads to success. Dreaming! Leads to success! I didn’t share that article. Because it’s bullshit.

Everyone has big dreams. Everyone. It’s part of being human. Even though the scale of “big” may be relative.

A big dream in America might be to have great wealth, live in a large house, and own several cars. A big dream in Syria may be to live freely, without fear, and have enough food to feed your family.

In either case, dreaming big takes you exactly 0 steps forwarding in achieving those things.

But too many people confuse dreams and wishes with positivity.

Positive thinking isn’t simply believing in what can be; it’s persevering in the face of what is.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~ Thomas A. Edison


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