A Little Optimism Can Go a Long Way

A Little Optimism Can Go a Long Way

Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner

As I sat down to write this week’s blog post, all I could think about was how negative the country seems to be right now – the tragedy in Orlando, the tone of the presidential election, and the constant stories of how America is going down the tubes. Poor millennials can’t even catch a break. They keep being reminded about how much student debt they owe and the need to start settling down.

At times like this, we need to listen to Jay Leno. Jay rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on June 14 to promote the next season of his show Jay Leno’s Garage (which my husband has been looking forward to for months). In an interview with Jim Cramer, Jay said “I don’t understand why we don’t celebrate entrepreneurship more and success in this country.” I don’t know why either, Jay.

For me, the future is where it’s at. I never wanted to live in the past. Perhaps that’s why I never was able to accept the concept of tenure and left the academic profession. What happened 25 years ago should serve as a lesson for us today, but I don’t want to go back there. That’s depressing. What’s going to happen tomorrow is much more exciting.

So this week all I’m going to say is let’s show a little more optimism about the future. Use the present to examine the past and learn from your mistakes, but don’t dwell on them. Prepare yourself today as best you can for the future. Things can only get better. Oh, the possibilities!

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