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Can people have too much enthusiasm?

English Lesson 87

Let’s get some clarification. Here is the essay prompt for this essay topic:

“When people are very enthusiastic–always willing and eager to meet new challenges or give undivided support to ideas or projects–they are likely to be rewarded. They often work harder and enjoy their work more than do those who are more restrained. But there are limits to how enthusiastic people should be. People should always question and doubt, since too much enthusiasm can prevent people from considering better ideas, goals, or courses of action.”

So the question is, “If having enthusiasm might prevent people from considering better ways to do things, then can one have too much enthusiasm?”

My personal response is the affirmative. Enthusiasm is nice, contagious, and it can help to motivate you. However, if you get sold on something too easily, there is no bringing back the damage after you’ve pulled the trigger. This means that there is a possibility for disappointment in more ways than one.

Here is what Earlytorise says about this,

“My friend Kim Wood, an NFL strength coach for 27 years, points out: “An animal on the attack is cautious almost to the point of cowardice…Picture a cheetah running 70 mph after a deer or antelope. He doesn’t appear to be cautious at all. Yet prior to that 70-mph burst, the cheetah had very carefully stalked his prey and scoped out the terrain. He does not simply take off on a sprint as soon as he’s hungry.”

This is a good example. Especially as we picture the cheetah’s “enthusiasm” being controlled. The cheetah had no more or less “enthusiasm” before or after it started the sprint; and yet, it got the job done in the end (quickly if I might add). This is relative to the original question because yes, the cheetah had “enthusiasm,” but before the release of the “enthusiasm” it looked at how the prey would respond to the “enthusiasm;” it was cautious.

Sometimes people will hear something that satisfies their itching ears. Because it satisfies them, they do no further research. The get excited and enthused. This clouds their discretion and they may end up not considering other options. This is enthusiasm gone wrong. To prevent this, one must be on their guard and, like the cheetah, cautious.

Some, may say that in relation to the canopy of sales, one shows enthusiasm for a certain ware in hopes of arousing similar enthusiasm in the other person so that, hopefully, they will buy your product. If people think your enthusiasm is a little over the top or that your cuckoo or something because of your enthusiasm, then you have lost a potential customer. Though this is potentially dealing with the realm of artificial enthusiasm, it shows that if as a salesperson, one can have too much enthusiasm.

In conclusion, I think that it is fine to have genuine enthusiasm, but that when enthusiasm clouds discretion or causes people to walk away, that is too much enthusiasm and it should be tapered.