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New Years — Blank Pages in a Book Called Opportunity

New Years — Blank Pages in a Book Called Opportunity

On this day of new beginnings, I’m reminded of the words of Edith Lovejoy Pierce: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and...

“Stand By Me” Speaks to a World in Need of Community

As I discussed in The Optimism Advantage, music and community are critical to maintaining your own optimism advantage. No song communicates that better than the classic standard “Stand By Me,” originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers and...

Inspiring Optimism of Holocaust Survivor Alice Summer

To many North London where she lives, Alice Summer is known as the lady in number apartment six. Here attitude and her music have blessed all who know her. Alice is the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. This...

Faith, Hope and Rescues

This week in Chile, hope became resolve, and resolve led to success. After 68 days beneath the earth, the last of the 33 miners trapped were brought to the surface. Buried after a collapse of the San Jose gold...

Luther and Beck Inspire by Taking a Stand for Faith

Luther and Beck Inspire by Taking a Stand for Faith

As I write in The Optimism Advantage, “One of the best ways to inspire others is to share heroic stories from the past and the present. Stories turn experiences into narratives, people into heroes and earned successes into renewed...

A Negotiation Opportunity on the Way to Optimism

Optimism isn’t just a positive attitude; it involves constructive skills put into action to achieve results. One critical skill for your personal and professional life is the art and skill of effective negotiation. As I share in The Optimism...

Don’t Settle for Excuses!

There’s no question that life is difficult, but the way that you respond to those difficulties will determine whether you’re a victim or a resilient survivor. That continuing choice has little to do with what happens to you, and...

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

For centuries people have struggled with a vexing question: “If there is a just and all-powerful God, why do bad things happen to good people?” Books have been written to explore this difficult question. Some reject faith, because no...

Get Busy Focusing on YOUR Economy!

Get Busy Focusing on YOUR Economy!

The media seems obsessed with talking about when THE economy will improve. As a result, too many people are watching instead of actively making the best of their own opportunities. They forget that free enterprise all but ensures expansion...

New Americans Teach Lesson in Optimism & Gratitude

New Americans Teach Lesson in Optimism & Gratitude

There is nothing like a fresh dose of new American citizens to remind you how fortunate you are and how easy it is to take this country for granted. On our trip to the

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