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I'm Generally A Positive And Optimistic Person

So my glass is half full most of the time ...


We all see the world and our own lives differently. The same situation can be interpreted in an infinite variety of ways, depending on our perceptions, our mood and our take on the world ...

I say it's not about whether the glass is half full or half empty, it's about whose round it is!

I say it's not about whether the glass is half full or half empty, it's about whose round it is!

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How we relate to each other - as customers, service providers, employees, colleagues and employers – is also shaped by our attitudes, our beliefs and our world view.

"Don't worry, I'm not going to get into politics or religion!"

We all have built-in biases and prejudices as a result of our upbringing, education, life experience and many other influences. Perhaps we don’t need to be too defensive about that, so long as we understand them and accept them as part of who we are.

We can also seek to overcome them through learning about other people’s perspectives and points of view. It's always worth the effort, right?

As a starter, here are some glass half full or glass half empty stereotypes that made me smile and possibly even think a little bit:

  • The optimist says the glass is half full

  • The pessimist says the glass is half empty

  • The accountant says we can reduce the size of the glass and still retain the same margin

  • The engineer says the glass was designed that way and the other half is built in redundancy

  • The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be, so let’s use a smaller one

  • Marketing say this is the only glass anyone will ever need

  • The sales manager says whether the glass is half full or half empty, we can deliver it tomorrow

  • HR say both half empty and half full glasses are equally valued, and we shouldn’t take that into account when choosing one or the other

  • Energy managers say we need to switch off half the glass if we’re not using it

  • The professional trainer does not care if the glass is half full or half empty, they just know that starting the discussion will give them ten minutes to figure out why their powerpoint presentation isn’t working

  • The management consultant says let's ask the team and prepare a strategy based on what they say, and all for a daily rate of ...

  • The entrepreneur sees the empty half of the glass is full of potential

  • The physicist says that the glass is half full of water and half full of air so it was full all along

  • The economist says market forces will decide how much capacity the glass has and how full it needs to be

  • The job interviewee picks up the glass, drinks the water and proclaims, "I am a problem solver!"

  • The graduate (yet to leverage his or her degree) says, "Do you want fries with that?"

  • IT says you should try switching it off and on again

I say it’s not about whether the glass is half full or half empty, it's about whose round it is. Cheers!

Until next time ...



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More about Peter Williams ...

While working with Volvo in the late 70’s I realised the way forward in international component distribution was computing. I created a company distributing components for several international manufacturers using the 'new' computers of the day. I quickly realised we needed our own programs so started writing distribution software. I grew the company by developing the software until I eventually sold my shares 20 years later, but retaining the rights to the software. I continued developing the software and supplied it to several similar companies where the software is still used today.

During 1999, I was asked by a friend to develop a facility to video the live sea conditions on the south coast accessible on the internet. Working with a Linux software developer I created our first remote video application. The internet boom of 2000 allowed me to develop a commercial application forming the basis of our systems today.


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