The Wills, the Won’ts and the Can’ts

This quote from Disney’s “The Black Hole” has been stuck in my mind since I first heard it years ago. We won’t always fall into one of these categories, but by and large we default to one of them. And our reasons, whether we are aware of them or no, are very different from each other and they’re deeply rooted in our experiences growing up.

We respond differently when it comes to different situations in our day to day life. I may be an I will person when it comes to work, but remain an I can’t when it comes to losing weight. Or maybe I am an I won’t person when it comes to helping others at work but I am very enthusiastic and an I will person when I see an opportunity to help the less-fortunate or someone in need. There are some who start off with I won’t or I can’t but eventually land up taking it up or completing the task.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every Opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

Optimism is very attractive as a person’s ability to see the bright side of things definitely bring a lot of happiness to all those around us. Some may call an eternal optimist naive and foolish. However balancing optimism with being realistic is probably needed. We could probably term this being a realistic optimist! This will help us be realistic in what we can’t do and what is not possible!

This reminds me of the story titled “Who’s job is it anyway?”

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.

The story may be confusing but the message is clear: no one took responsibility so nothing got accomplished.

To sum it up, don’t let Anybody (or Everybody, Somebody or Nobody) stop you from giving your best! 🙂

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