One of the definitions of optimism from Webster’s dictionary is:
A disposition to expect the best possible outcome or to emphasize the most positive aspects of a situation;
One of the definitions of pessimism from Webster’s dictionary is:
A tendency to take the least hopeful view of a situation;
There are other definitions that go even deeper into philosophies, but these will do.
“Murphy’s Law”: Simply states, if something can go wrong most likely it will go wrong;
Goldfarb’s thinking: He thought Murphy was an OPTIMIST;
Webster’s definition of an optimist:
One who habitually or in a particular case expects a favorable outcome.
I am writing this article both in jest, as well as historical factual truisms!
We have been reading all the media, trade, pundits’ observations of the economic situations of the global economy, and most is “DOOM AND GLOOM”.
The messages are mixed and many times at opposite ends of the spectrum of thoughts and ideas… Remember what you read in most of these areas of media, is posted their hoping you will read, but ultimately to sell advertising, or to justify a political or cultural position.
WE NEED LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP!
I am now speaking directly to you, the entrepreneurs, whether you are running a large or small mill, dyeing facility, cut & sew assembly operation, designing and manufacturing a line, or a retailer, this is the time to get PROACTIVE, and give your expertise to move our soft goods apparel industry ahead with EXCITEMENT.
Yes! EXCITEMENT and positive attitudes.
This is not the time “to fold up your tent and go home”. This is the time to LEAD, LEAD, LEAD, by gathering together with ideas, to move our industry out of the doldrums of doom and gloom.
Whether it is FASHION, New FABRIC, QUICK RESPONSE, CUSTOMER SERVICE, HELPING OTHERS, A PAT ON THE BACK, SAYING THANK YOU, OR JUST SAYING I WILL TRY!
This type of global attitude will ultimately, give us all the incentive to make us feel better, perform better, and show that we will move our industry forward in an optimistic methodical consistent growth pattern. You all know what makes you feel better, like going shopping, or whatever, gives you a good feeling!
We need industry leaders to focus on all the wonderful benefits our industry does for all of us at all levels of society… Let’s start pushing the right creative buttons, and move our industry and our products into the hands of the consumers, so they will enjoy, and feel good.
Our industry is better than other major commodity industries can do it, as purchasing an item of apparel, is easier than purchasing an automobile or a house.
You who work so hard to create a business, should not let these pundits drive your business, you are the leader, and you drive your own business… We as an industry have survived since the beginning of recorded time, and do not let outsiders tell us we are not an influence on the world marketplace.
Take that step, true it might be of some risk, but if you are a business professional you will make a success, or a profitable learning experience.
Therefore, I will take OPTIMISM EVERY TIME, and if I do not win, at least I can say I was HAPPY in trying to succeed at trying to be the best.