“The pessimist looks down and hits his head. The optimist looks up and loses his footing. The realist looks forward and adjusts his path accordingly.”
This quote didn’t come from any noteworthy philosopher but I would not say that it is not a noteworthy philosophy. As a realist, your peripheral vision allows you to see both life’s opportunities and its challenges. Look too far either way, be it up or down, and you will miss what the opposite has to offer. Focus on what is in front of you, seeing that which can come with it and you will succeed.
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