is the third, and often under-appreciated, leg in the formula to success – in addition to aptitude and drive. Those that display optimistic attitudes consistently out perform predictions based on aptitude testing (e.g., MCAT, SAT, etc.).
Optimism is a tool that can be used to improve health outcomes as studies have shown.
People often don’t have accurate insight into their preferred style of how they interpret life’s events: pessimistically or optimistically.