“….a realist is simply a pessimist who doesn’t want to admit it. I’ve never heard a ‘realist’ take an optimistic posture on any topic. They always say, ‘Let’s be realistic,’ and then go on to explain why your idea can’t be done. Imagine a realist saying, ‘Realistically, we don’t yet know what the possibilities are. This could be easier than we think!’ Better, eh?”
When Jim uses the term, “realist” he’s talking about a self-proclaimed realist who is actually a pessimist. A true realist would be the person who actually does see things as Jim describes it after that. It doesn’t even mean they necessarily see the positive side of something; it does mean that they need to be “realistic” enough to know that…they really don’t know.
What about you? Do you consider yourself to be a realist or a…”realist”? 🙂