Category Archive: Optimism

How to Never Let Anything Bother You Again

They told me a lot of things bothered grandfather Morrison. He had a terrible temper when he was young. But I never saw it. I think it’s a good thing because he was… Continue reading

How Fools and Novices Gain Wisdom

Teams crash when fools lead. Wisdom is: Useful, not theoretical. Connected, not isolated. Self-distancing, not self-absorbed. Wisdom is perspective-taking. Wisdom is gained by practicing wisdom. 2 ways fools and novices gain wisdom: #1.… Continue reading

How to Escape Toxic Dissatisfaction

Dissatisfaction grows in the gap between aspiration and reality. Dissatisfaction that lingers in the gap between aspiration and reality defeats aspiration. You begin to think, “Why try?” Dissatisfaction is boredom with sameness. Dissatisfaction… Continue reading

6 Things I Learned (or relearned) in 2020

6 things I learned (or relearned) in 2020 #1. Contribute: Tom Rath answered my long-nagging concerns about self-indulgent-passion-following by focusing on contributing. The question is how to use your talent to make the… Continue reading

Why I Admire Frosty and You Should Too

Frosty the snowmanKnew the sun was hot that day,So he said, “Let’s runAnd we’ll have some funNow before I melt away.”* 3 reasons to admire Frosty the Snowman: #1. Optimism. I admire Frosty.… Continue reading

Why Leaders Don’t Think Straight

Ruminating on what’s wrong exaggerates the importance of wrong. “Nothing is as important as you think it is, while you’re thinking about it.” Daniel Kahneman Unmanaged thinking distorts reality. In a world filled… Continue reading