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“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities.
An optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”-Harry S. Truman


Welcome to Minute with Maxwell. My statement of strength today comes from Harry Truman, who said, ‘A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities. An optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.’ What was President Harry Truman really saying? Well, he was saying what I've been teaching about perspective.How we view things determines how we do things. So if you see things in a negative light, well, you're right. You'll find negative things. If you see things in a positive light, well, you're right. You will see and receive positive things.

There's a corny, old story but it's about the two shoe salesmen who went to a developing country. And when they got there, they realized that nobody wore shoes. And one of the salesmen telegraphed home. He said, ‘Coming home tomorrow. Don't send shoes; no one wears them here.’ The other salesman said, ‘Oh, my, send me as many shoes as fast as you can; no one wears them here.’ Same place, same people, different perspective. Harry Truman was right.

Thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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