What Optimism Brings to Your Life
An article that I read today on the recovering national job outlook made me reflect back to a beloved childhood book. Who hasn’t read, The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper?
The mantra throughout the story is, “I think I can, I think I can.” The story teaches the values of optimism, hard work, and determination. The story is about a long train that must be pulled over a very high mountain. After a number of larger engines declined to pull the train over the mountain, the “little engine” agreed to try.
In the drunken greed of the 1990s and 2000s, it looked as if customer service and servant leadership might take a nosedive and stay down in popularity. Most political and business pundits are now saying that we will not – any time soon- return to the spending and thinking habits of the last few decades. The economy has taken a severe beating and will likely require a long recovery. Many economists are saying the economy may never recover to the levels we have known in the past.
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
–Max De Pree