HomeBusiness1 Business IdeaThe glass is half full, the glass is half empty, but ….

As I was thinking this morning, I began with just a short view of this issue. But as I begin to empty my mind with brainstorming ideas, the post took on a life of it’s own as I began to think of others. When you think of the familiar saying “The glass is either half full or half empty” describing either an optimist or a pessimist, when you pause and look at it more closely, you find that there are more opportunities than you originally saw:

  • Optimist – The glass is half full
  • Pessimist – The glass is half empty

  • Dreamer – We need to find a bigger glass, more glasses, and more water
  • Psychiatrist – Living stress free, how much does this half full glass weigh, if I hold it for an hour, day, week?
  • Business Owner – I own the glass
  • Supplier – We need to find more water.
  • Property Owner – I own the water (lake, stream, pond, or land that water is on)
  • Engineer – Someone didn’t design the glass to specifications
  • Jack Welch, former GE CEO – My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.
  • Environmentalist – how clean is the water?
  • Scientist – If we freeze the water it becomes ice, if we boil the water it becomes steam.
  • Jewish Rabbi – “A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.” Prov 20:5
  • Hollywood type – Can I have MY Evian bottled water…..
  • Survivalist – First thing is to find water because we can’t live without water, then find a glass (container) to put it in.
  • Manufacturer – how is the glass made?
  • Jesus Christ – “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 14:13-14
  • Pastor – Drink of the Living Water
  • Conservative Politician – the government is not in the business of finding water, let businesses do that.
  • Liberal Politician – a pitcher of water in every home and the government will get it for you.
  • Doctor – you need four eight ounces of water to drink daily.
  • Sahara desert dweller – how far until I get to the next water hole
  • Astronomer – where can we find water on other planets
  • Artist – what style or type of glass should hold the water
  • Waiter – would you like some more water?
  • W. C. Fields, comedian – You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.
  • Traveller – I started out with a full glass …
  • Desert Traveller – Water, I need water …..
  • Statistician – .5 * 0 = 0, while .5 * 50% = .25, so the glass is ….
  • Accountant – why did you spend money on too big a glass?
  • Manager – We need to budget (ration) this water out
  • Customer – Where can I get more water
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
  • Worker – I need more water to drink
  • Blue Collar Worker – I don’t need water, give me some beer!
  • Government worker – we need to tax more so I can get more water and glasses
  • Socialist – You need to give some of your water to others, you’re hoarding too much water for yourself.
  • Skeptic – We may not have any more water or glasses to go around
  • Burglar – I’m going to take your water
  • Terrorist – I’m not going to let you have any water or any glass
  • Cynic – There is no more water to fill the glass up and the glass is made of glass and it will break
  • World View – 1 in 5 people of the world is without adequate drinking water. So you see, it’s the glass, water, time, and the person viewing it that determine the viewpoint of the glass of water.

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The glass is half full, the glass is half empty, but …. — 2 Comments

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  2. My friend That was so clever. I love so many of them. Who knew we could have such an interesting conversation about water. Loved it. It was very funny. As you begin to read it you can imagine so many of them speaking at the same time about their view. Really Cool.

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