For an entrepreneur, being optimistic seems to be a fundamental, basic value. If an entrepreneur isn’t positive, then he/she would likely never be an entrepreneur in the first place. That “can do” spirit is a lot of what drives anyone to start their own business and believe they can do it. It’s usually good and makes people try new things, move forward and keep their eye on the rewards.
However, there is a concept called “unrealistic optimism.” This idea says that people may be overly optimistic and that instead of seeing the struggle it will take for them to reach their goals, they only see the desired end result. This accounts for many stops and starts in a project because the person never saw any problems coming and was unable to plan for them. They may be knocked on their behind when an issue arises and unable to cope.
This viewpoint often occurs when planning a new venture too. The “idea person” sees all the great things that will occur but doesn’t see any red flags or challenges. If they forge ahead with the project they will likely turn away at the first roadblock and see it as time to abandon all their work. This can be prevented by doing your homework and due diligence. If you research your idea enough and look at every aspect – finances, labor, equipment, investment, profitability, life cycle and on and on, then you can anticipate any problems that may occur and you have a much more viable enterprise. With an optimistic, yet realistic attitude, you will be much better prepared to achieve success.