Optimism and Pessimism – New World Encyclopedia
Optimalists tend to have more intrinsic, inward desires, with a motivation to learn, while perfectionists are highly motivated by a need to
consistently prove themselves “worthy “
Ben-Shahar speaks a whole word when he says :
Optimalism allows for failure in pursuit of a goal, and expects that while the trend of activity is towards the positive, it is not necessary to always succeed while striving towards goals. This (logically formed) basis in reality prevents the optimalist from being overwhelmed in the face of failure
Henri Bergson on maturity:
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
also researched ego and how it impacts the design world
He heeds designers/artists to:
be mindful of certain qualities that sustain these long-lasting brands, but also long-lasting careers, namely:
self awareness, principles, deliberateness, focus, adaptability.
& then again states that instead of empathy (which is commonly presented as the counterbalance for ego) practice/instill :
self-awareness, humbleness, emotional maturity and insight
He also mentions that being
considerate, attentive, inquisitive, adaptive, focused
allow for the long journey to be a far more satisfying and pleasurable one.