Continuing the discussion from Toxic and bargaining buyers:
No, positive thinking is a denial of reality, thus you can’t be a realist and a positive thinker.
An objective man, realist, measures the world around him and draws a conclusion. If a gig isn’t selling, all the positive thinking in the world is not going to make it sell. Nor will promotions or demotions happen because one thinks positively.
Positive thinking is dangerous. People buy real estate they can’t afford, thinking they will be making more money in the future. Web marketing in particular preys on positive thinkers, offering them riches beyond measure as long as they spend $100 to $1,000 on some dubious program.
That’s not always true. In the 1980s, the brand Benetton made a huge impact with an advertising campaign focused on social issues like AIDS, celibacy, war, etc. They could have done what every fashion advertiser does- show happy people wearing clothes. Instead, they decided to be controversial and became more famous than before.
Realism matter whether the issue is investing, selling on Fiverr, or finding someone to marry. Positive thinking only leads to disappointment as the high expectations aren’t met. Better to expect nothing and celebrate what you get than to expect everything and despair when you get nothing.