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Taking Action

Optimists live the action imperative

Share and Discuss the Life Lessons Your Teens Want to Learn

A country can only be as good as the citizens it develops, Calvin Coolidge alluded to that truth when he wrote On a Great Government: “If in a free republic a great government is the product of a great...

Control What You Can & Accept and Use What You Can’t

Cultivating optimistic attitudes and actions is not only the focus of many of my programs and books. It is important to me in handling all aspects of my life. One of its guiding truths that has served me well...

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...

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...

Optimistic Wisdom I Wish I’d Learned as a Teenager

So many times, adults tell me, “I wish I had learned this as a teenager!” As a gift to today’s young adults, I want to share with you some wisdom worth learning. We all know that you hold our...

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...

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...

“Flash Foresight” by Daniel Burrus Will Help You Invent Your Future

The new economy is a dangerous and tremendously exciting place. But it’s unforgiving, and it measures human life in dog years. Three years wasted on the wrong pursuits, or, just as bad, in avoiding the right ones, leaves you...

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,...

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...

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