"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."
— Lucille Ball
1911 - 1989
It is very easy for creative leaders to become discouraged and depressed when their ideas don't work out. Yet what good does it do to wallow in self-pity and discouragement? We become less productive and might even stop creating all together. The challenge is to find ways to keep our chin up and to keep moving forward. Having spent the first 35 years of my life as a pessimist, I know it takes work to become an optimist. And it is easy to backslide. Being down on ourselves does us no good. We need to keep the faith. We need to believe in ourselves.
Here's part one of a documentary of Lucille Ball's life.