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Hoping for the Best, but Planning for the Worst

I like to think of myself as an optimistic person, yet I know that people that work with me, might think that’s not true, because when planning for something I will come up with all sorts of crazy scenarios that might happen. And I plan for them.

I guess a more precise definition would be I am an Optimistic Realist. I have seen it over and over again, when we are excited about something, we tend to focus only on the good aspects of it, and don’t even want to consider that something might not go according to the plan. The concept of “don’t jinx it” by considering what can go wrong, has been instilled in most of us. And yet, ‘Murphy’ always shows up, in a small way or a big one.

I will never forget the face of my hairdresser, a couple of weeks before I got married when he saw me reading a book called DIVORCE. “Are you nuts?” He shouted at me, in his usual overdramatic way. Makes me smile just to think about it, 13 years later and still in a happy marriage. Why would I read a book about Divorce, after I’m already divorced? I read it before so that I could become aware of things I probably can’t consider because it is an experience I have never been through.

Learning from other people’s challenges and learned lessons provides a ‘fast track” to being able to identify the red flags and a different perspective on how to deal with them.

Somehow we believe that we are the exception to the rule. “That will never happen to me”. And we let that mindset set the course and do our planning. That, in my opinion, is a huge gamble.

When I use to read the PANDEMIC clause in a contract I would always skim through it, well, not anymore. A lot of businesses got into a lot of trouble for considering the scenario we are living today, a far-fetched situation.

Leticia Latinohttps://www.leticialatino.com/
With over 20 years of experience in the Telecom Industry Leticia Latino went from working for Merrill Lynch and Telecom Giant Nortel Networks to accepting the challenge of extending the legacy of establishing her family business in the US back in 2002. Neptuno Group was originally founded by her father in 1972 in South America where they helped deploy some of the first Cellular Networks in the region and where they have built over 10,000 Towers. Leticia is a recipient of the Women in IoT award by Connected Magazine, Revolutionary CEOs by Aspioneer, and one of the 30 most influential Leaders in Tech by Insight Success. She currently serves as a full member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Development Advisory Committee (BDAC) and as the Chair of the Job Skills and Training Working Group. ​In addition, Leticia is a published author and a contributor in a broad variety of blogs, and her book “Women in Business Leading the Way” became an Amazon #1 Best Seller. She’s also a public speaker, mentor to young women, and a big advocate of nurturing “Human Connections” through her Back2Basics Podcast.

1 COMMENT

  1. Dear Leticia,

    Super essay. Also ‘optimistic realist’. Just love that phrase! It takes no effort to plough on regardless, subconsciously discounting any negative points. With reality there is a balance, for ‘reality’ tends to give a negative impression. Adding ‘optimistic’ balances the concept. So an optimist will tend to be aware of reality, but won’t let t stand in the way of achieving a goal, even though being driven by the overwhelming power of positivity.

    Simon

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