Tag Archives: Optimism

Do you make excellent mistakes?


Daniel Pink’s book “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko” is probably the most nonconformist book on career development I’ve come across.  Although it looks from the outside to be a normal paperback book, it’s actually in the form of a manga comic book and tells the story of Johnny Bunko, some magic chopsticks and Johnny’s quest to find a way out of his dead-end job.   Johnny ends up learning six important lessons about obtaining a satisfying and successful […]

Which side of the bed did you get up on?

smashing alarm clock with hammer

Has anyone ever asked you this question?  This query is normally aimed at people who are behaving particularly grouchy on the day in question.  It can also sometimes be used by people trying to explaining away their own bad day – “I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and everything that could go wrong has.”  Now of course, which physical side of the bed you get out of isn’t actually going to […]

Are you feeling lucky?

Business woman throwing dice

Would you consider yourself lucky?  Would you like to be luckier than you feel you are?  Then read on. In his book, “The Luck Factor”, Richard Wiseman, Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, looks at the experimental evidence for some people being luckier than others and concludes that people make their own luck.  In one of his own experiments he gave participants a newspaper and asked them to count […]

Having a positive attitude – Is it just wishful thinking?

Businessman with crossed fingers - wishful thinking

The idea that positive thinking is a good thing can sometimes get bad press.  Now I’d be the first to say that simply having a positive attitude will not solve all your problems.  It’s not a silver bullet; not a panacea.  We won’t solve all the world’s ills just through positive thinking.  However, is it beneficial?  Should we try to have a positive attitude? In the model of Emotional Intelligence I work with, Positive Mood […]