Can do or can't do? That is the question.
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"Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be." George Carlin.
This old-school hippie comic expounded a humorous and practical view of a common adage. In this brief missive, I explore the basic idea in a simple and cursory manner.
I propose that many human beings can be categorized into two polar opposites: the optimists and the pessimists, or if you will:
Adjectives that categorize people by this fundamental outlook on life include:
In a similar binary vein, there are diametrically-opposed views regarding mankind's future on Earth:
I can carry this argument to other general attitudes toward life. People can be divided into:
I submit that one's underlying philosophical bent (e.g., positive or negative, yes or no, 1 or 0, go or stop) has much to do with success or failure in education, career, competition, and personal relationships.
As an independent, mercenary geologist and analyst for three-plus decades, I strive to be a can-do yes-man. Although I have turned down scores of potential jobs over the years, only a handful were declined because of limited knowledge in some discipline of geology.
I figure that my first college degree enabled me to teach myself what was required and my second degree developed an ability to conduct original research independently.
First and foremost, success follows from a can-do attitude that relishes new challenges, embraces learning, and employs problem solving, goal-oriented approaches.
And of course I expect those who provide services, work, assistance, or help on my behalf or for mutual interests bring a similar mindset to all opportunities.
So it comes down to this: Can do or can't do?
That is the question.
What is your answer?
Ciao for now,