We’ve all heard the old axiom. “Is the glass half full; or half empty?”

Pessimists and optimists have argued this question for centuries. But what about other points of view?

Let’s not be too quick to define this glass situation without more facts.

Here are some views that might bring clarity to the question from the fun folks at Business Balls.

Fun Facts About The Half Full Or Half Empty Glass

  • The physicist says that the glass is not empty at all - it is half-filled with water and half-filled with air - hence, fully filled on the whole!
  • The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
  • Attitude is not about whether the glass is half full or half empty, it's about who is paying for the next round.
  • The professional trainer does not care if the glass is half full or half empty, he just knows that starting the discussion will give him ten minutes to figure out why his PowerPoint presentation is not working.
  • The ground-down mother of a persistently demanding five-year-old says, “Sweetheart it's whatever you want it to be, just please let mummy have five minutes peace and quiet.”
  • The consultant says, “Let's examine the question, and prepare a strategy for an answer, and all for a daily rate of...”
  • The worrier frets that the remaining half will evaporate by next morning.
  • The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.
  • The grammarian says that while the terms half-full and half-empty are colloquially acceptable the glass can technically be neither since both full and empty are absolute states and therefore are incapable of being halved or modified in any way. Case closed.
  • The auditor first checks whether the empty half is material and then designs the audit procedures to obtain sufficient evidence to conclude that the glass is indeed empty.
  • The magician will show you the glass with the full half at the top.
  • The algebraic simultaneous equation theorist says that if the glass is equally half full and half empty, then half full = half empty; therefore ½ x F = ½ x E; therefore (by multiplying both sides of the equation by 2) we show that F = E; i.e. Full equals Empty!
  • The psychiatrist would ask you, "Is the half-empty/half-full glass really that important? I mean... really? Think about it. If fact, let's not. Let's set that particular issue aside for a few moments and talk about what's really bothering you..."

Some Final Thoughts

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? I guess the volume of the glass is in the eye of the beholder. But I think we can all agree there are many ways to look at a problem.

So don’t get bogged down with one point of view.

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