Optimism and Action
Gary W. Moore, Author of ‘Playing with the Enemy’
“Remain hopeful. Be optimistic. Believe in your dreams and act, not stopping until victory is at hand.”
The Honourable Jonathan O’Dea, Speaker of the NSW Parliament
“An attitude of optimism should involve more than just wishful thinking and prompt positive action. It can recognise that current reality is not ideal, while anticipating better things to come. True optimism creates confidence to push for change and confront inevitable difficulties in that journey. Remaining optimistic in these uncertain times is not naïve; rather, it is a reasonable expression of expectation and faith in a world that contains many signs of hope for the future.”
"Contributing is optimism in action. It translates hope into reality."
Erik Solheim, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
"You cannot defeat hate with more hate, only with love.
"You cannot defeat hopelessness with pessimism, only with hope.
"We need the optimism of our will to inspire bold action!"
Richard G. Tedeschi, Ph.D., Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth
"Optimism is empty if not accompanied by effort."
Tim Diamond , General Manager, The Cotton On Foundation
“Optimism is a way of life; it not only helps determine & create your own pathway but it projects its qualities to others around you. I owe my success and learnings through failure to optimism - and the work we do, is driven by an eternal optimism, one that hopes and expects that the world can be a better place. Always. That optimism demands action and drives an ever-better mentality.”
Glenn Buesnel-May, Leadership Expert
“In geo-strategic terms, staying optimistic about the future is getting tough. I think the answer to pessimism is local, even private action. Putting your hands and heart into meaningful, social pursuits can give focus and a sense of purpose that enriches personal optimism and community capital. There's a tonne of studies that show how social pursuit and volunteering supports emotional health. No doubt a focus on helping and leading others can build optimism and enlighten any dark prognosis of the future.”
Francesc Badia i Dalmases
"Our duty is to be optimistic as a way to shape a better future for all."
Rosanna Iacono, Co-Founder, The Growth Activists
"Optimism is what fuels our hope, our resilience, our ability to pick ourselves and forge on in the face of failure, and most importantly our ability to create an exciting future vision to strive towards. But optimism is not fully potentialised until it is combined with thoughtful collective activism - only then are great things achieved."
Professor Maggie Cusack
"Optimism is less attitude and more action. It is believing with every cell of your body that positive results are ALWAYS possible no matter what the circumstance."
Jack Berckemeyer and Debbie Silver
Optimism is active. An optimistic leader isn’t paralyzed by despair. Nor does the leader sit still and think positive thoughts. This leader learns everything possible about a situation, identifies options for response, makes a plan, and takes action.
Robert Cox, President of RCarlen Advisory Partners
"Being optimistic energizes me to Act, which often gets me involved in new and diverse Activities, which invariably turns me into We."
John Maynard Keynes
"Even apart from the instability due to speculation, there is the instability due to the characteristic of human nature that a large proportion of our positive activities depend on spontaneous optimism rather than mathematical expectations, whether moral or hedonistic or economic. Most, probably, of our decisions to do something positive, the full consequences of which will be drawn out over many days to come, can only be taken as the result of animal spirits—a spontaneous urge to action rather than inaction, and not as the outcome of a weighted average of quantitative benefits multiplied by quantitative probabilities."
Optimism for me isn't a passive expectation that things will get better; it's a conviction that we can make things better – that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don't lose hope and we don't look away.
Dean Burnett, neuroscientist
"We need optimism to keep us motivated, to compel us to perform actions, and reassure us that we have control over our own lives."
Ramez Naam, Futurist
"I am, in the words of the Extropian philosopher Max More, a “Dynamic Optimist”. That means I believe that things will get better. But not because they just magically get better on their own. I believe they’re going to get better because we’re going to make them better. It takes action. Or perhaps it’s better to think of it the way that Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates have talked about – as being “Impatient #Optimists” who believe that the world is getting better, but that we have so much more that we could do to make it get better faster. It’s up to us. We can’t just be bystanders. If we want a better world, we need to act."