Are you a Tigger, or an Eeyore?

“Are you a fun-loving Tigger or a sad-sack Eeyore? Pick a camp. I think it’s clear where I stand on the great Tigger/Eeyore debate!” -Randy Pausch


Sometimes, life doesn’t go your way. Things go wrong at work. A check bounces at the bank. Conflicts between friends arise. A family member gets sick. You find yourself in a rut.

That’s life.

The difference is how you deal with life– how you live your life.

Recently, I’ve had to deal with some not-so-fun-life-events. I could feel myself being pulled into a downward spiral, so I started searching for some motivation. I came across a bookmarked speech in my Youtube “favorites” reel, and found myself re-watching an inspirational speech by the late Randy Pausch. During his speech, which talks about achieving your childhood dreams, he asked the audience, “Do you want to live your life as a Tigger, or an Eeyore?”

It’s a fun and interesting, yet intriguing question.

Tigger is positive. His predominant personality trait is his bounciness. He’s fun-loving, cheerful, outgoing, optimistic, and confident. He tries his best, is always up for new adventures, doesn’t beat himself up when he fails, and always sees the glass as being half full. We all know Tiggers.


Eeyore’s glass, on the other hand, is always half empty. He is quite the opposite of Tigger in that he’s usually gloomy, pessimistic, sarcastic, and never looks on the bright side. He has no confidence in himself, and is usually more realistic or honest than most. We all know Eeyores.


Tigger finds the silver lining in every situation. Eeyore tends to wallow in self-pity.

People are going to let you down. Things aren’t always going to go your way. Sometimes the luck runs out. You have no control over the actions of people you let into your life– the people whom you have invested in. You have no control over the universe– over fate, karma, or science. But, you do have control over how you react to life’s day-to-day events. You can choose to approach each day as a Tigger or an Eeyore.

I admit, I sometimes lose sight of that.

Now, I realize it’s difficult (and perhaps not even realistic) to always be 100% Tigger all the time. But, as tempting as it can be to simply curl up into a ball and draw the curtains, it’s just not as fun.

I choose Tigger.  Who’s with me?



4 thoughts on “Are you a Tigger, or an Eeyore?

  1. Tigger-convert here! My wife divorced me last week, but I’m going to make the best of it. I see this as a chance to re-connect with my friends, family and take up interesting new hobbies and develop myself professionally. Good deal all round, right? Best thing is, my soon-to-be ex-wife is going to hate it! How’s that for motivation? Still need to work on the last bit, sounds a bit rough.

    1. It sounds like you are making the best of the situation, good for you!! Just do things to make you happy– forget about your ex-wife 😉

  2. Not sure I completely agree with this, especially calling poor Eeyore names like “sad-sack”! I get the intent Randy is trying to convey, but some of us are more naturally one or the other, or just smack-dab right in the middle. No matter how hard he tries, Eeyore is not Tigger and he never will be, but comparing himself and holding himself to that standard isn’t going to do him any good. I find for myself, I usually just have to let myself feel the way I feel. If I try to fake it or just smile through my problems, I find myself feeling completely insincere and self-aware, and that usually leeds to feeling more bummed out. We all deal with our problems differently, and sometimes we need to allow others and ourselves the time and space to just feel the way we feel. It’s not good to get stuck in a rut, and sometimes I find myself needing to nudge myself a little, but eventually I get there 🙂

    1. I totally get that! I actually think in many ways it’s better to be an Eeyore… he’s sometimes more realistic, a bit more thoughtful… Totally agree that it’s better to just be you and not a version of what you think you should be based on others’ opinions 🙂

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