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Does a positive outlook really make a difference to our success?

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Do you have a more positive orientation to life or do things get you down easily? And how quickly do you bounce back? Do you believe that being more positive means you are more likely to achieve your goals?

Some fascinating new research has been looking at these questions and in particular if having a positive mind-set makes a difference to whether entrepreneurs are successful or not.

Looking at the most successful entrepreneurs of the modern day, a number of stereotypes emerge about their character and the acclaimed role of positive thinking. The late Steve Jobs of Apple was a driven man always seeking to break new ground and then dominate it. He drove his staff just as hard as he did himself and expected nothing short of perfection from himself and his core team. His relentlessly positive outlook (or so the story goes) took his business through some huge highs and lows. This in turn led Apple from his parents’ garage in California to being one of the biggest companies in the world today.

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