Category Archive: Optimism

Six Limiting Beliefs That Hold You Back

“Shut up Nate. You’re never going to be any good… We’re not good at wrestling and we never will be.” Nate Zinsser’s classmate By the time Nate became a junior in high school,… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Feel Burn-Out Because Administration Promotes Unqualified People

Dear Dan, First, I really enjoy your leadership tweets. Second, I’m currently at a job, where the administration seems to be promoting ‘yes men’ and not qualified people to supervisors. Not leaders. This… Continue reading

3 Unexpected Interventions that Changed the World

Ted Geisel crossed the Atlantic on stormy seas in the Fall of 1935. It was eight days of agonizing monotony. He sat at the bar for hours, the rhythmic thumping of the ship’s… Continue reading

7 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Optimism

There’s a dark side to Oz. The wizard is a fraud. Optimism doesn’t cure every ailment. It causes some. An optimistic novice is like an idiot with a box of fireworks standing by… Continue reading

10 Sure Signs There’s Trouble Ahead

Optimism is a surprising disappointment when you imagine a hungry lion wants to play. Skillful leaders anticipate trouble. Short-sighted leaders press forward and suffer. Anticipating potential problems isn’t pessimism until it’s an excuse… Continue reading

3 Steps to Face Daily Challenges with Fresh Enthusiasm

Rituals bring control in the storm. The storm won’t change, but how you respond does. During a recent coaching call, a client relayed a ritual he uses before showing up at work. How… Continue reading