Who Is More Productive? Pessimists or Optimists

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Check this out, according to this research from New York University’s Gabriele Oettingen, pessimists might actually be more productive than their colleagues. Oettingen, who spent 20 years researching and testing her theory, discovered that optimism and positive fantasies didn’t help people reach their goals but instead got in the way because they tend to daydream about the benefits of their goals without putting in the necessary work to be successful.

A pessimist is a person who habitually sees or anticipates the worst or is disposed to be gloomy. He/she feels that bad things are more likely to happen than good things. However an optimist is the opposite, an optimist is someone who feels that bad things are more likely to happen than good things:

 Gabriele Oettingen uses a strategy known as W.O.O.P to harness the benefits of negative thinking for maximum productivity:

  • W: Think about your wish.
  • O: Think about your ideal outcome.
  • O: Think about the obstacles in your way.
  • P: Plan for those obstacles.

In her approach (W.O.O.P), you need to think negatively about your goal, which then helps you plan for the obstacles that lie ahead.

 What do you think about her research? In your experience, are pessimists more productive than optimists?

Your comments are welcome.

Emem Ita

Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

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Emem Ita
About Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

Learn how to turn your knowledge & expertise into income by building online influence. Interested? Simply send an SMS now with your name & email to 08061683126

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