I’m thinking about writing a book someday on the concept of Blind Optimism. It’s been one of the fundamental pillars of my life and is largely responsible for any successes I’ve had. The concept is simple and I’d like to help more people use it to find a life of unconventional happiness.
Freedom, Respect and Financial Control
I’m defining ‘Blind Optimism’ as the practice of suppressing your risk aversion while maximizing the advantages you were born with.
In my experience, there are three requirements for happiness: freedom, respect and financial control.
Let’s pick those three things apart …
Freedom simply means that you’re free to do what you think is best. It could be anything really, but is usually manifested in things like …
- Choosing where to live
- Expressing your opinion
- Having time to pursue your interests
This is the simple desire to have other people value your opinion, in your chosen field (motherhood, web design, politics, etc).
3. Financial Control
Money is simply an enabler. As you know, it doesn’t bring happiness. It allows you to buy the above two things. For example, you may want to move to a better city, but if you don’t have the money to do it, you don’t have the freedom to move.
You also need to be able to affect your finances. If you can’t afford something, you need the ability to increase your wealth.
So what exactly is Blind Optimism and how does it give you freedom, respect and financial control?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m defining Blind Optimism as the practice of suppressing your risk aversion while maximizing the advantages you were born with.
So the question is, how to you suppress your aversion to risk? The answer is simple: If the following four things are true of you, then there isn’t any real risk in your life. You can afford to be blindly optimistic.
Do you …
- Have a high school education? A basic understanding of how the world works helps give you credibility in the eyes of others. This is essential in gaining respect.
- Own or have access to a computer? This is your primary tool. It will allow you to build and launch the ‘engine’ that will provide the freedom, respect and financial control you need.
- Speak English? This will help with networking and marketing your ideas to a global audience. This might shift to Mandarin in the future, but English is tremendously valuable right now.
- Have time and willpower? You need to be willing to put in the time and effort to find happiness. It might take a year or more of insane hard work that pays zero short term dividends. There isn’t any shortcut.
If the above four things are true in your life, then you have no real risk to worry about. If you suffer any setbacks, you have the tools to fix them.
You can use these four advantages to find a life of unconventional happiness. It’s definitely possible to be blindly optimistic without these things, but it is significantly easier with them.
There’s one simple thing that has made this possible: The Internet. It’s the global platform that was needed to give anyone the chance to create a life of happiness.
I’m not saying that you can will anything in to existence (I’ve always wanted to be President of the United States, but I can’t make that happen) but if you desire freedom, respect and financial control (which I believe are all precursors to happiness) then there is nothing stopping you, except your own fear.
That may sound like an excerpt from a self-improvement book, but it doesn’t mean it’s not true.
I believe Blind Optimism is a path to happiness, and I’m hoping more people can leverage it. I’m only speaking from my personal experience, and I can confirm that Blind Optimism yields a lot of happiness 🙂
I’d love to hear your comments!
[I’d like to thank Willie Jackson for helping me stumble upon the word ‘Blind Optimism’ during an email exchange.]