Idealism can get in the way of living an exceptional life. It has struck me that the most disillusioned people I have met were the ones who based their choices on a romantic and idealistic view of the world. Each decision was approached with such good intentions and great hopes. This was going to be the best marriage, the best friend, the best job, the best child and the best experience ever. The idealist starts out so high and then falls so far.
The MORE Philosophy is a way of living that creates movement, utilizes opportunities and pays attention to the reality checks so that a truly exceptional life can be lived. Although I encourage a positive outlook on life, there are reality checks that need to be accepted if you are interested in living a truly exceptional life. In order to deal with reality and live by the MORE philosophy we need to be disillusioned from our idealistic dreams and superficial desires so that we can sink our teeth into the real world where we can experience real satisfaction. Reality checks ground us in our life, but we do not want to become hardened, pessimistic and disillusioned. It is only within the real world that we can experience real satisfaction. There will be things we need to compromise on, but rather than suffer from guilt and disappointment the best compromise it to let the idealism go with as much grace as possible and move towards “realistic optimism”.