Optimism

May 12, 2020

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I love this article on Admiral Jim Stockdale.

Full disclosure: I’ve never been much of an optimist. As an accountant, part of my job is to be skeptical, which requires a dose of pessimism I suppose. But even before that I was never a silver lining guy, I always tended to weigh the good and bad equally.

So the quote by Admiral Stockdale at the end of the article was interesting to read. On one hand he had confidence he would prevail, but on the other hand he had no use for false hope, in the form of optimism. Like a true Stoic he focused on what he could control.