Pessimism and Optimism in Small Business
A group of anthropoligists at Cambridge were conducting research on the concepts of pessimism and optimism. Their subjects were two young boys: one a pessimist and the other an optimist. The pessimistic boy was put in a room full of wonderful toys. The optimistic boy was put in a room with nothing but a barrel of manure.
When the scientist looked in on the pessimistic boy one hour later they found him complaining about this toy that didn't work, that one needed fresh batteries, the next one wasn't the rights color, etc., etc. Recofding their findings, they moved on.
As they opened the door to the room where the optimistic boy was, they had to duck to avoid being hit by flying manure. Indeed, manure was splattered everywhere. They found the young lad head-first in the barrel, where he was heard to say, "I know there's a pony in here somewhere."
Be sure to look for your pony this year. It's in there somewhere.