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Look on the Bright Side

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This story appears in the September 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

I have often been accused of being a Pollyanna, because I tend to look on the positive side of things. And I find myself often reminding people, "It's not that bad," "It's going to get better," "Put a smile on your face" and other such bromides. Lately I feel like Annie, with the refrain "the sun will come out tomorrow" constantly on my lips. Let me tell you, it's exhausting to be so "on," but I consider it part of my job (both professionally and personally).

My optimism is built-in; I came wired that way. I believe most of us are somehow programmed to be optimistic or pessimistic, and it's tough to take on the persona of the other. While I can't imagine being a negative person, I also know that my frequent sunniness gets on people's nerves sometimes.

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