Opportunity Cost , the real cost of lost time, lost credibility, lost career, lost love, lost life which are brought into one’s life by our seeming friends – Laziness and procrastination are very high. In long run, these seeming friends bring more pain to life than pleasure.
More than any other losses, these seeming friends brought pessimism into me; against which I am fought every day. There are many theories out there about pessimism – it feels good to read about it, but it is very hard to spend a few months / years with it. I have been there, felt that and know what it means. Pessimism : I call it a strange disease; puts a filter on to your vision and the result, you see negativity in all sorts of life. The more pain of this strange disease is- you don’t know you have it. I thought I was more optimistic and realistic, but the reality is I had that filter on my vision without me knowing about it.
I tried many things to get out of it – To Do lists, Not To do lists, doing three important things a day and so many other suggestions out there on web. Nothing worked. Thank God : I read this post of Reg Braithwaite . The techniques in the book – Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life has helped me a lot in taking my pessimism out. It took a lot of time and pain for me to come out of it, I am now out of it. I have re-read the book many many times. A Great book.
Yesterday, when I logged into my blog to make my first blog of the year, my heart felt bad to learn that the last post I made was in April last year. So many opportunities lost in last one year , but it is OK. As the saying goes ” Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending”
As with regards to my career, I have two certification goals for this year. One is planned by end of July and the other by end of Oct-2010. I now feel very optimistic that the opportunity cost of my decision, the choices I make now will make me better in times to come.