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Optimist's Creed - an affirmation

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June 15, 2009 – Comments (5)

I found this and printed it out.  I put it on my office wall and read it daily.

I promise myself -

-To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind

-To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet

-To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them

-To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true

-To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best

-To be just as enthusiastic of the success of others as I am about my own

-To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future

-To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet

-To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others

-To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble

-To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds

-To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me   

Christian D Larson - 1912

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#1) On June 15, 2009 at 2:24 AM, checklist34 (99.72) wrote:

this is my optimists creed, written by me, in my life.

the events in my life that have led me to believe that i can make a creed include:

-getting slapped in the face many times before I got a girl to kis me, but eventually kissing more Ms. Rights than I had any right to.  ;)

-going broke several times before making my first dollar in business...  but eventually paying EVERY SINGLE dollar I lost back and defaulting on no debt (although I'm sure alot of banks had to write my debt off for a while)

-losing money on every single stock I ever bought except RRGB, but eventually making money on at least 95% of them

and on and on.  My life is a cascading series of epic failures and epic successes, and the interesting irony is once you win, you're kind of a winner, and its pretty tough to give that back.

I grew up poorer, more sheltered, more secluded, and more miserable than any of you.  And I have done better than all but a very few. 

My optimists creed:

1.  the only form of optimism is realism.  you think Tony Robbins is optimistic?  Think you should look in the mirror every morning and say "i think i can"?  think thats optimism?  I don't hink it is.  I think optimism is realism, and if realistically you "can't" then the only form of optimism is to accept hat you can't.  And if you can, do.  Do do do do do, fail, cry, bleed, and try again, and do.  And try.  This world doesn't belong to the talented or the handsome or the pretty.  Or those with great singing voices.  It belongs to the kid at day care who tries to build a lego castle and it flals down, and he tries again, and again, and again, until eventually he's built a greater castle than has ever been seen.  Write that down.

2.  life isn't that complex.  Its not.  Want to know which boy at the local college got hte most dates?  the one that asked the most girls out.  Want to make money at stocks?  take truly time-tested things to heart.  Like market crashes lead to profits, so buy into them, like Dreman, like Buffet, like Graham.  Any of these would have made you profitable today.  It is what it is, the winners seperate the noise (the propaganda, made far far more intense by the information age) from reality.  Don't guess at reality, just assume history repeats.

3.  you can't be taught how to make it big.  you can't.  the only things you can be taught are things that have already been done.  you can only learn in school what people already know, and whats boring enough to be in the public domain.  to make it big you have to do something new, somethign nobody has done before.  Don't believe that you can't, and don't believe to strongly in what you were taught, because all that is (what you were taught) is "in the box".  The money is outside of the box, write that down.

4.  the world belongs to those who fail.  and try.  and fail.  and try.  Micheal Jordan got cut from his 9th grade basketball team, how many billionaires went broke?

5.  you're only as good as how many times you've gtried.  And the more you try the more you fail, so in a way, you're only as good as how much, and how broad the scope is, of your failures.

With respect to the list above.  Fear is human, failure is education, sometimes there is no sunny side, improvement requires failure, sometimes smiling is too much work, and if you have faith make sure to have some in yourself.  Nobody but you is going to cry for you when you're in the gutter, and nobody but you is ever going to really appreciate what you went through to maek it.  So don't stop one day, sit down, and assume everybody else is more important thanyou.  There is no altruism, and the best hting you can do for your fellow humans may very well seem selfish today.

And that, my friends, is a few thoughts from my experiences as a human.  I've been poorer, richer, more acne, cooler, thrown more good parties, wrecked more cars, been a bigger loser and a cooler cat than most anybody who may read this.  I've won and i've lost.  Ican't be arrogant, because I remember the losses, and I can't be down, because I know I can win.  That, my friends, is experience, and that is optimism, and that is, ultimately, realism, whcih is optimism.

Dime.

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#2) On June 15, 2009 at 2:36 AM, checklist34 (99.72) wrote:

and learn.  and this is where the bears have fallen down lately, why I, as a bull-only in real life, have almost certainly made more $$$ than the bears here.  They haven't learned or adapted.  They thought :the sky if alling" and then it started falling and they got ahead...  but they seem to have failed to stop and think "ok, whoa, thats enough, lets change teams".

Doug Kass changed teams, most bears on CAPs never did. 

learn, adapt, stop to think how you lost, and try your best to think out of the box about it.  Because listening to common wisdom about why you lost isn't likely to cause you to win. 

double dime

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#3) On June 15, 2009 at 4:16 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Driver. Great post man! Excellent! I strive for these myself (emphasize strive more than achieve for me personally) ... :) Thanks man.

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#4) On June 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM, timetodrive (< 20) wrote:

checklist34 - you said:

" I've been poorer, richer, more acne, cooler, thrown more good parties, wrecked more cars, been a bigger loser and a cooler cat than most anybody who may read this.  I've won and i've lost.  Ican't be arrogant, because I remember the losses, and I can't be down, because I know I can win.  That, my friends, is experience, and that is optimism, and that is, ultimately, realism, whcih is optimism."

I find it interesting that you call this optimism.  I also find it interesting that you compare yourself to people you know nothing about.  Don't assume anything without getting all the information.  If you did that with your stock picks you would surely lose money.  I strive for optimism, but live in reality with the rest of us.  Please, don't judge my character (or anyone's for that matter) by a CAPS score, or a blog post.

Binve:  I love ya man!  Same here.  Always good to have something to strive for!  Enjoy freedom for the next couple months, before that baby girl shows up!  ;-)

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#5) On June 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM, anchak (99.85) wrote:

Recd!

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