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Purpose

Optimists who know their why can handle any how

MITRE’s Nano Kids Have a Real-World Impact

MITRE’s Nano Kids Have a Real-World Impact

Sometimes, you find best practices in action that give you hope for the future in the midst of the negative economic and political realities we face daily in the mainstream media. One such best practice comes to us from...

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....

Risk Becoming the Architect of Your Own Future

Risk Becoming the Architect of Your Own Future

As I discussed in my newest book, The Optimism Advantage, changing jobs or careers in difficult economic times may seem easier said than done, but, in the long run, life is too short to stay in a job that...

“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...

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...

UCLA’s John Wooden Leaves a Legacy of Love and Faith

UCLA’s John Wooden Leaves a Legacy of Love and Faith

On June 4th, John Wooden, arguably the greatest college basketball coach of all time, went to be with his maker at the age of 99. In Jim Tunney’s Chicken Soup for the Sportsman’s Soul, I wrote about the Wizard...

Karli Padilla Dancing at Saddleback Church Provides Inspiration for Mothers

Taking an evening to drive down to see my niece bring her dancing skills to a Mothers’ Day Service at Saddleback Church reminds me of the power of faith and music to inspire hope and joy. Karli Padilla has...

“The Compton Initiative” Puts Faith into Action

“The Compton Initiative” Puts Faith into Action

I’ve always said that the biggest difference between a vision and a hallucination are the number of people who can see it. Today a cast of over a thousand got the vision and delivered on the mission. Started by...

Jaime Escalante Inspired Optimism to Change Young Lives

Jaime Escalante Inspired Optimism to Change Young Lives

One of my favorite inspirational movies remains Stand and Deliver. Edward James Olmos played Jaime Escalante, a man some have called “the best teacher in America.” From humble origins in Bolivia, Jaime came to America to pursue a dream....

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