Here's a very timely article in yesterday's New York Times. It's called "The Power of Negative Thinking" and it really resonated with me. Yes, I tend to be overly pessimistic about certain matters but I think the article's author, Barbara Ehrenreich, is spot on with her observations.
What in the world does this have to do with publishing? You'll see it refers to all the bestselling self-help books that promise "if you believe in it, you'll get it." The reining champion of this genre is, of course, The Secret.
As Ehrenreich says later in the article, "consistent pessimism can be just as baseless and deluded as its opposite." The most important statement she makes is towards the end where she says, "The alternative to both is realism — seeing the risks, having the courage to bear bad news and being prepared for famine as well as plenty." Amen.