I’ve probably been asked hundreds of times what my ideal client is and typically my answer has always had something to do with professionalism, willingness to take edits, etc, etc. But the older I get the more I see something else that I really love in a client. Optimism.
I’m an optimist by nature. Even when things seem like they’re at their darkest, I tend to think they could always be worse and see a bright side to everything. A layoff can lead to an exciting and inspiring career change, a stitched head could have been a broken bone, a breakup gives you time to love yourself, and so on. It’s a trait that I know drives some people crazy and leads others to mistrust my judgement. I have no doubt that many think I don’t see the truth or that I’m just plain delusional when I tell them things are going to be just fine.
Over time though, I’ve learned that optimists tend to take charge and turn those bad times around. Pessimists, in my experience, like to moan and complain, but are slow to grab the bull by the horns and make a positive change. They feel frozen and angry. Of course this is a simplified definition of how optimists or pessimists might act in certain situations, but I think you get the gist of what I”m saying.
How a person reacts to bad news, or even good news, isn’t the only reason I prefer an optimist. I like to be surrounded by positive people. Good energy brings good things and I find that those who see the world with a negative eye tend to bring me down too. It’s hard to get excited about something when the person you’re talking to is busy telling you all the reasons you shouldn’t.
Do I require all of my clients to be optimists? Certainly not, but I also find surrounding myself with people who exude positive and optimistic energy is more fun for me.