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Heroic Stories

Optimists live out and are inspired by heroic stories

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

USA World Cup Team Lives the Optimism Advantage

USA World Cup Team Lives the Optimism Advantage

As the recurring ad for the World Cup keeps saying, “It only takes a second!” Like all emerging and existing American soccer fans, I leaped for joy when Landon Donovan’s clutch goal settled into the net with just over...

Star in Your Own Positive Soap Opera!

Star in Your Own Positive Soap Opera!

When I wrote The Optimism Advantage, I observed how modern-day-living has a way of reinforcing how little you control, making it far too easy to become a victim. Victims feel that they can’t do anything to make a difference...

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...

Grace of Galarraga & Joyce More Amazing than Perfect Game

Grace of Galarraga & Joyce More Amazing than Perfect Game

Another perfect game would have created a day’s headline, a brief celebration and become but an obscure footnote in a record book. But the truly amazing grace shown by both Detroit’s Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce will provide...

Art Linkletter Used Optimism to Make a Difference Every Day

Art Linkletter Used Optimism to Make a Difference Every Day

Art Linkletter, the genial host who parlayed his talent for the ad-libbed interview into two of television’s longest-running shows, “People Are Funny” and “House Party,” in the 1950s and 1960s, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles...

Optimistic Cancer Patients Need to Be Patient-Active

After emceeing the recent gala fundraising event for The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura in Westlake Village, CA, I was reminded of the importance of being patient active in facing any disease. The Wellness Community celebrates life and the power of...

What Small Business Idea Can Be Your American Dream?

What Small Business Idea Can Be Your American Dream?

You’ve probably said to yourself, “I had that idea, but they were the ones who made a business out of it!” Every day, optimistic entrepreneurs are inventing the future. They do it in the good and the bad economic...

Jim Cathcart Brings His Music to Bogies

Jim Cathcart Brings His Music to Bogies

Sometimes you actually get to turn enduring memories into new dreams. Last night friends from far and wide came to share an evening at Bogie’s Bar & Lounge to hear Jim Cathcart rock out to songs we all know...

“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...

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