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Victim Thinking

Optimists avoid victim thinking and become survivors who find a way to thrive

Resilience After Defeat Is Critical for Best NFL Pros

As fans settle in to watch their favorite NFL teams vie to reach the Super Bowl, there are lessons to be learned in victory and in defeat. As a speaker and author on optimism, one such lesson on resilience...

True Optimists Are Realists

A recent article by Alina Tugend in the New York Times, Lean Toward the Sunny Side, but Don’t Overdo It, prompted a Linked In discussion on whether “moderate optimism” is better than “extreme optimism.” You don’t need to moderate...

MaryEllen Salamone Focuses on Unity of 9/12 Not Terror of 9/11

MaryEllen Salamone Focuses on Unity of 9/12 Not Terror of 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, so much was covered on the deadly terrorist attacks and in remembering the loss of so many lives on that horrific day. MaryEllen Salamone lost her husband John on that day in 2001....

Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews Lives the Optimism Advantage

Watching this year’s Super Bowl was not too difficult for me; I have been a fan of both teams at times in my life. Although I knew it would be a close game, I had picked the Green Bay...

Ted Williams Turns Faith and Optimism into a Second Chance

Ted Williams Turns Faith and Optimism into a Second Chance

Watching the prodigal return of Ted Williams to his mother on Good Morning America today was a great way to start the day. The rags-to-riches story of Ted Williams, the down-and-out homeless man and ex-con with the golden voice,...

“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...

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...

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...

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