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Optimism Encourages Us to Initiate
By Galit Zamler

Optimism is essential for successful entrepreneurship

Winston Churchill: "Success is moving from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

Our thoughts have a lot to do with our right intentions of reaching achievements. Optimistic thoughts drive us to reach high achievements, to success and encourage us to initiate. While negative thoughts depress us and hold back our progress. Hence the importance of education for optimism.

Bill Gates: "I can do anything I set my mind to."

Positive Thinking

The importance of positive thinking is not a recent invention. In the book of Psalms, chapter 66, verse 13, it is written: the man who desires life loves to see good days

Lenny Ravitz, in his book, Eternal Optimism, explains positive thinking and how you can adopt this mindset:

Eternal optimism means knowing that every action we do, at any given moment, is a kind of choice, and what happened to us up to that given moment is part of our journey that is also required, to learn, to develop, to get where we are and become who we are.

The Entrepreneur

Optimism is a tool in the palm of the entrepreneur because, in the process of setting up the project, the entrepreneur encounters many problems. The entrepreneur's positive thinking helps him cope with the problems and find solutions to success. Sometimes these solutions are the result of creative thinking, fertilized from the entrepreneur's optimism.

The entrepreneur's positive thinking helps him cope with the problems and find solutions to success.

Project Example:

Dr. Rafi Yoeli - from Urban Aeronautics company, which is developing unmanned helicopters to evacuate the wounded and the transfer of ammunition and food supply to combat zones, said this in an article published in the magazine G in Globes on -18.10.2011 on the ambitious project: We will succeed. It is clear to me. There's no other way - this attitude of optimism is necessary for the success of the enterprise.

Optimists are people who are pleasant to be around; therefore, optimism also helps in making social connections.

There is a tendency to think that optimism is an inborn trait; Some say: I was not born an optimist, so can I be like this? A lot of things bother me, I see a lot of bad actions, and those don't make me think optimistically. But it turns out that you can learn to think positively. There are exercises designed to train us to think in a positive manner. We should preferably surround ourselves with optimistic people - because optimism is contagious.

The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is their approach to the difficulties and problems: We become pessimistic when we have problems we do not know how to solve, and we are optimistic as we find solutions to problems and even turn them into an opportunity.

For parents' attention: In Entrepreneurship for Kids Program within a meeting held that deals with humor and optimism, the children are asked to answer the question: Do they think they are optimistic or pessimistic? (This is of course after they already understand the meaning of the terms). Children indicate that they are generally optimistic, but in the same breath, they also say that one or both of their parents have a pessimistic attitude, particularly in relation to their children.

An Example of Positive Thinking Exercise:

Provide a piggy bank in which we'll put one penny - for each negative thought we have. The purpose of this exercise is to train us to consider our negative thoughts. The accumulated money can be used for another purpose (perhaps for charity). At the end of the given time we chose (day/week/month), we will get a vivid estimate for the number of negative thoughts that passed in our heads. This method trains us to avoid negative thoughts.

Educating Children to Optimism:

As with other issues, the example we used for children is the most meaningful learning method for them. Therefore, we as adults serve as an example of positive thinking as well.

And if adults among us find it difficult to be optimistic, it is recommended to view this video about a guy named Nick Vujicic, a man without arms and legs with relentless optimism.

The Benefit of the Process

The Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur who wants to implement an enterprise, directs his activities to success, but also wonders in advance: what would happen if the project fails? - As part of taking calculated risks.

This spirit of positive thinking and optimistic approach allows the entrepreneur to understand what benefits he will generate and the process even if the project ultimately fails.

This thinking encourages action and invites the entrepreneur a chance to succeed.

The fear of failure deters us from trying to fulfill our goals, but thinking about the benefits that will accrue to us the process of achieving goals encourages us to realize the goals and keeps away the fear of failure.

The understanding that the process itself has to contribute to us allows us to act and move forward.

Taking the initiative to encourage every area is recommended to register: what would happen if we succeed? What if we fail? What will we gain from the process, regardless of the outcome?

Often we will find that even if the result is a failure, then in the process we will learn a lot, enjoy the activity, we'll get exposed to new areas, expand the circle of our acquaintances, and acquire relevant experience - and these will be paramount to our success in the future.

Experience an Advantage:

As published in TheMarker IT in 2007, Dr. Eli Gimon performed a study that examines the personal resources that contribute to the success of entrepreneurial startups and he found among other things that: The prevailing belief among venture capitalists, is that there is no reason to fear an investment that has failed in the past- was found as true. Research shows that either failed or succeeded in the past, the fact that an entrepreneur has some experience is a significant component of its success.

Positive thinking exercises with kids:

When a child tells about a bad thing that happened to him in the kindergarten or school, we'll listen, and we will express our opinion on the matter. But in the end, we will ask the child to tell two other good things he had experienced or witnessed that day.

Exercise for Children:

We will ask the children to write anonymity notes with their challenging target in the near future. First, gather the notes, pull the notes randomly one by one. Then discuss with them: How can we achieve this goal? What are the chances of success? How will the process of the goal benefit the achiever either reaches the goal or not?.

Participants in the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program, who are setting up an enterprise, are experiencing setting challenging goals and doing the actions required to achieve them. So are entrepreneur kids who have built their own projects.

Focusing on Strengths

Focusing on strengths

The Entrepreneur

The decision to become an entrepreneur is the result of seeing the glass as half full. Anyone who sees only the difficulties would prefer not to try and make an effort, but focusing on the success drives to action.

For a person to succeed, he must focus on his strengths and what he has because no one is perfect. Successful people do not complain about what they do not have; they use what they do have to achieve success.

Illustrative Example:

The State of Israel as a state is itself an enterprise, the people who built the country could continue to complain about the swamp, the Jewish minority, Arabs attacks, etc., but instead they used every means at their disposal to establish the country.

And long before the establishment of Israel in the book Bamidbar YD' we distinguish two different approaches in relation to Israel: one who chose to see the glass half empty said: mighty the nation in Israel and the fortified cities are gigantic, and born giant saw there (Unclear), the other who chose to see the glass half full said: very, very good land, if God desires us, and brought us to this land and gave us a land that is flowing with milk and honey.

When it Comes to Kids:

To encourage children to succeed, we must state their strengths, and tell them that we believe in their ability to succeed. This is how we'll nurture them to have high self-esteem, and encourage them to think positive.

Difficulty as an Opportunity

Difficulty as an opportunity

The Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur means dealing with challenges. And when the entrepreneur's spirit falls due to these difficulties, the entrepreneur finds either independently, with the help of business consulting or by a supportive environment, the ability to see those difficulties as an opportunity to grow.

Entrepreneurs are often the right people to deal with difficulties; difficulty does not deter them. On the contrary, they see challenges as a chance. The difficulty is kind of an entry barrier, and as many and higher the barriers are, the fewer the people competing in the same niche. And here lies the opportunity for an entrepreneur who expresses willingness to confront those entry barriers.

An example of an enterprise that turned the difficulty into an opportunity:

Factory Office Textile took part in a complex and important project:

The Difficulty:

In the Hiriyah mountain, waste has been buried for over 50 years, and its natural decomposition process, the biogas was created. Until that project, biogas, discharged from the mountain and polluted the environment.

The opportunity: Utilization of landfill gas from the waste mountain Hiriyah, and the conversion of fuel oil consumption of green energy.

All through the process of realization of the project, both bureaucratic and infrastructure construction and laying of pipeline from Hiriyah to a factory located in Azur adjacent to and across the road No. 1, was accompanied by many difficulties. But eventually, the project was a success and even received a 2007 Globes Award on behalf of the society.

The success of the project expresses that the biogas used as an alternative energy source, which provides a significant portion of the power consumption of the company Office Textile and by that contributes significantly to the environment.

An example of an entrepreneur who saw difficulty as an opportunity:

Efi Arazi RIP, Founder of Scitex, who was a pioneer in high- tech and world leaders of color printing, lost a critical project in the Defense Ministry to a company that provided a better response. This loss prompted him to look for another growth engine, and has reached the field of digital printing, which made the company a success.

When it Comes to Kids:

The messages the children receive mainly through the media are that success can be achieved very quickly and effortlessly. Fame Tales of successful people rarely mention the difficulties of success.

In reality, children realize that it is not easy to achieve success.

The contradiction between the messages given to children and reality creates a feeling there's something wrong with me.

Therefore, it is important to talk with your kids and let them understand that success is achieved through effort, consistency, focusing on the target, competitive advantage, expertise and more.

In everyday life, we will encourage the children to cope with difficulties. This dealing is a chance to practice methods and ways to overcome obstacles so that in the future they will be able to deal successfully with more complex problems and see them as opportunities for growth.

It should be noted that many conversations with entrepreneurs show that entrepreneurs consider themselves able to cope with almost any difficulty, but bureaucratic difficulties, these are the most frustrating for them. However, many entrepreneurs are dealing with bureaucratic difficulties and succeed in their fields.

Another example of an entrepreneur who sees the opportunity in difficulty

Dave Waiser, the founder and CEO of Gett

Dave Waiser, the founder and CEO of Gett, an Israeli company with international on-demand ride-sharing services by professional drivers, told Gett's story at "Birthright" event on 9.2019.

For those who do not know Gett, we will explain that if everyone uses Gett services or similar collaborative ride services, then many drivers would prefer not to own a private car.

Dave asked the crowd: "Who has a private car?" And most of the crowd raised their hands.

Dave's optimistic response was: "We still have a lot of work to do. There's great market potential here."

Dave's optimistic approach also helped the company at the beginning, when they had to raise money from investors, and he said he had reached all investors in Israel, but no venture capital fund wanted to invest in the company. Only later things changed.