When I first came across this quote in John Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership I had an immediate "ah ha" moment...it was as if Maxwell had taken the words right out of my mouth. The entire quote is as follows: "I have sometimes been criticized for being too positive. But it’s a weakness I’m willing to live with because the usual benefits are so high. Besides, I’d rather live as a positive person and occasionally get burned then be constantly skeptical and negative."
For as long as I can remember I have been overly positive and optimistic about all aspects of life. At times, I can recall being questioned and even ridiculed by others because of this mindset. This discouragement I experienced for having an optimistic outlook has made me question if viewing the world through rose-colored glasses is the correct approach. I happened to stumble upon this quote at just the right time, giving me the confidence to reinforce this habit of mind. Similar concepts include assuming positive intent and most respectful interpretation.