Positive thinking will let you do everything better better than negative thinking will.Remember, this is in reaction to criticism, not "general application", that the quoter basically threw the quote out, meaning "why are you so negative? think positive!"
|Live video feed of Zig Ziglar speaking at the Get Motivated Seminar at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. |
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I have a lot of respect for Zig Ziglar, which is why I need to point out that this is a total mangling of the original Zig Ziglar quote, and is taken out of context.
In other words, Zig Ziglar NEVER meant for this quote to be used in deflection of criticism. And to understand this, you need to read the ENTIRE quote by Zig Ziglar, which will prove it was taken out of context.
The quote originated from Zig Ziglar's book "Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World" (2002) (listed under religion and spirituality) . Here's a screenshot of the relevant page as shown on Google Books:
Do you see the complete meaning from the full quote? Positive thinking ONLY WORKS when you already have ability, training, education, and experience. If you don't have the ability, training, education, or experience to succeed, then no amount of positive thinking will be able to help you succeed.
Positive thinking helps you make the most of what you already have. It does not give you anything extra. Given all other factors are equal, then it's better to have positive thinking than negative thinking.
If people are telling you that you don't have the necessary ability, training, education, and experience to succeed, that is NOT negative thinking. That's reality. And your refusal to accept it is denial. And that is dangerous.
Positive thinking is not an additional factor that can compensate for lack of ability, training, education, and experience. Positive thinking will not allow you to overcome the lack of such. Thinking positive will not let you run a marathon without sufficient conditioning, or get a Ph.D without studying, and so on.
If your upline is teach you such attitude, that people telling you the truth are "negative thinking" to be ignored, that you should go "all in" no matter your ability, training, education, and experience, you may want to reconsider working under him or her, because s/he is teaching recklessness... and your neck is on the line, not his/hers.
Beware of people who teach positivity without telling you the nuances.