Here Is Your Recipe for Optimistic Resilience

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readFeb 1, 2024

“…it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.”

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Lucille Ball was a legendary American actress, comedian, and producer, known for her groundbreaking role as Lucy Ricardo in the TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.”

Ball began her career as a model before transitioning to acting in the 1930s. Her comedic talent and charisma led to a successful film career, but she cemented her legacy with the launch of “I Love Lucy” in 1951. The show, co-starring her real-life husband Desi Arnaz, became a cultural phenomenon and set new standards for television comedy. Ball’s contributions to the entertainment industry extended beyond acting; she was also a trailblazing businesswoman, becoming the first woman to head a major television production company, Desilu Productions.

Lucille Ball remains an enduring symbol of wit, humor, and trailblazing success in the entertainment world. Her quote -

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

-provides a recipe that highlights the importance of resilience, optimism, and staying busy in the face of challenges. Let’s reverse-engineer its main ingredients.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Setbacks and failures are a natural part of life. Allowing yourself to be disheartened by difficulties is counterproductive. Maintaining an upbeat outlook is crucial even during challenging times.

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Keep Busy

Staying active and engaged in productive activities can be a homemade remedy for discouragement. Idle time may lead to negative thoughts or feelings, whereas keeping busy can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Make Optimism a Way of Life



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·