Extreme optimism makes you do a lot of adventurous and fun activities, which will lead to success and failure, both of which are good outcomes eventually, with failure teaching you how to succeed faster.
We also stop doing useless activities, reducing our focus on things we cannot control. An optimist's life has hundreds of hours freed up due to less worrying and more positive action.
To minimize your life is choosing to live by design, not by default. You decide where to allocate your time, focus, and efforts. I read Essentialism months ago. But a quote in the book stayed on my mind: "You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything."― John Maxwell Days passed and I kept pondering this simple sentence.
Why taking a step back is as necessary as moving forward From everything that I recall about my life so far, I can say one thing with absolute certainty. I have been an extremely passionate person. Passionate about everything. Be it life in general, work, friendships, relationships.