Curb Your Cynicism

Creative Inspirational Mindset

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge.  – Stephen Colbert

I work with clients in New York City frequently. I love New York, but people there can be rather cynical. On my last visit I saw someone wearing a T-shirt displaying the phrases:

Yada Yada Yada,
Blah Blah Blah,
Whatever,
F*#^ You!

(And it was worn by the concierge at my hotel!)

I lead many seminars for people who are cynical (and fatigued). They don’t come to my class with a creative mindset. They’re pretty sure it’s going to be a waste of time. A few weeks ago I had a group of very busy engineers. Their boss sent them an email telling them that attendance was MANDATORY. You can imagine how enthusiastic they weren’t when they arrived. I’ve entered many rooms to teach where I’m lucky if I get cold stares, instead of just people who refuse to look at me altogether. I love it. And I love them. I look through the hard faces to the image of the first grade class photo. I empathize. If I was that busy in such a demanding job where I wasn’t encouraged or rewarded for creativity, well I might be cynical too. The cynic believes that pessimism is realism and that positive thinking is just self-delusion. But I know that cynics are broken-hearted idealists. My goal is first to get them to shift to becoming skeptics, and then eventually, enthusiasts for their own creative evolution.

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