Personal Leadership Development Often Comes Disguised As Heart Ache And Wasted Effort More than half the population are pessimists, thanks largely to print & TV news The only difference between a pessimist and an optimist is what they learn from each life encounter. Ultimately, our encounters are the same. Our perception and hope is not. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.