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Talent at work is just as overrated as talent in professional sports . The University of Pennsylvania usually assesses their freshmen according to their SATs, high school grades and achievement test. When they let Seligman segment the new students into optimists and pessimists, it turned out that the optimists exceeded expectations, where pessimists fell behind.


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Luckily, both styles are acquired and can be learned.

Until now your explanatory style has been shaped primarily by your parents and your teachers in school.

Have you ever heard a teacher yell at someone for chatting in class? That...


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Who would I recommend the Learned Optimism to?

The 23 year old soccer player whose coach always makes excuses why their team loses, the 19 year old graduate who’s worried that her resumé is not perfect and anyone who keeps complaining about what’s in the newspaper.


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1st Characteristic In Which Optimists Different From Pessimists

1. Optimists see problems as temporary, pessimists as permanent . Sticking with the example from Mindset , if optimists  spill their coffee they won’t say “I always spill my coffee and ruin my clothes.”, but rathe...


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Learned Optimism - Book Summary

Learned Optimism digs into why optimists are healthier, happier, and more successful people than pessimists, how both are learned attitudes and what you can do to become an optimist yourself.


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It works like this: When facing a crisis, you note 3 things about it.

What’s the A dversity?

For example you just got fired.

What is my B elief about this?


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Optimism is also a deciding factor in professional sports . Seligman looked at baseball teams in 1985 and determined the New York Mets were the most optimistic team , the St. Luis Cardinals the most pessimi...


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Learned Optimism - Book Review

Learned Optimism is so packed with actionable advice and great insights, it’s hard to condense it any further.

I’m a big fan of positive psychology and this book intersects a lot with


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He calls optimism and pessimism explanatory styles , they are the way in which we explain bad events in our lives.


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2nd Characteristic In Which Optimists Different From Pessimists

2. Optimists see problems as specific to a situation, pessimists make them a general case.  Being on a team assignment where one person doesn’t deliver their part, a pessimist is likely to say: “This team sucks.” and write off the entire team as lazy. An optimist would say: “One ...


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So what can you do to become an optimist as quickly as possible?

Use the ABC technique by Albert Ellis .


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Then you can start labeling your thoughts into two categories: useful and not useful . Whenever you notice a thought is not useful to you, then you should probably not pursue it any further.

Start thinking of negative events as temporary, specific and external, record your...


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Go through your recent, negative self-talk and try to record 3 ABCs.

Be sure to pick major challenges and differentiate between thoughts and feelings. Telling yourself you’re a bad golfer or that you have bad memory is a belief, crying or getting angry are the feelings th...


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Book Overview

Do you see some people in your life who just seem to have everything fall into their lap? Who master life as if in cruise control mode, where everything works on autopilot and is super easy?

I know I do.

Martin Seligman , th...


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What’s more, optimists are likely to take good care of their bodies, because they believe that their choices will make a difference. Pessimists are prone to junk food and no exercise, as they believe it won’t matter.

On the other hand, pessimism  can likely be a ca...


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3rd Characteristic In Which Optimists Different From Pessimists

3. Optimists see problems as externally caused, pessimists blame themselves.  When getting a divorce, both people will think one of them is the major cause. An optimist will always attribute the failure to an external source, in this case, their former spouse (“He never wanted ki...


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How you decide to deal with a negative event determines almost entirely how much it will affect you.  That’s why it’s important to start recording your ABCs and seeing where you can change your beliefs.

Once you’ve recorded a few negative believes, start challengin...


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That same optimism will also carry you through a successful career , as Seligman’s study with Metropolitan shows. He hired people for them who underperformed skill-wise, but showed great optimism....


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Author Quote

Author Quote

"I don't mind being wrong, and I don't mind changing my mind."

-Martin Seligman


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For example you believe you did a horrible job and that’s why you were let go.

What is the C onsequence of my belief?

For example you feel depressed and can’t get out of bed for 2 weeks.


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