Do you know what an inverted pessimist is?
I first heard the phrase “inverted pessimist” over 15 years ago when I first became interested in personal development.
As far as I know, the phrase was first coined by W. Clement Stone.
W Clement Stone was a self-made multimillionaire.
He was born in 1902 and his father died when he was three years old.
He started his first business at the age of six selling newspapers, and by the time he was 13 had his own newsstand.
At age 16, he was making over $100 a week, and to put that into perspective, the current equivalent of that would be $1023.
Stone had not had much formal education, having dropped out of high school to focus on personal injury insurance sales.
In 1919 W Clement Stone Stone founded the Combined Insurance Company of America, by 1930 he had over 1000 agents selling insurance for him all over the United States.
In his autobiography “The Success System That Never Fails” he first mentions the expression inverted pessimist.
Stone states that he is an inverted pessimist because he assumes that every person he met in his life was put here on Earth to help him become more successful.
I don’t know about you, but personally I think that’s a fantastic way to go through life.
What difference do you think it would make in your life if you thought everyone you met was placed on Earth to help you be more successful?
After reading Stone’s autobiography, I decide to experiment with the concept of being an inverted pessimist.
I can truthfully say it has enabled me to put a positive spin on some pretty traumatic experiences, after all it’s not about what happens to you it’s about how you deal with what happens to you .
Being an inverted pessimist has allowed me to see things from different perspectives that I normally wouldn’t
It has also enabled me to constantly see the good in people, even when they do things that I personally disagree with.
Some might say it looks at life through rose colored glasses and they might be right.
Personally I think the world could use a little color here and there and if it has to come from my rose colored glasses then so be it.
That’s why I’m proud to be an inverted pessimist and why I think you should be too.