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Syed Saeed Alam

"Optimism is the powerful elixir of engagement."

Quoted in "Optimists on their Optimism"

"As we are going through the pandemic crisis, the imperative need of the times is unbridled optimism. Optimism is a fundamental attitude. It is not an opinion about reality. Instead, it's a starting point for dealing with reality.

"You can decide that you are in the best situation to handle a given challenge at every moment. That is optimism. Optimism is searching for the yes, in every situation and finding it."


"What makes me optimistic? 2020 has been a steep learning curve for many of us. Reliance on long-established processes, global supply chains, and manual labour has all been reimagined during the pandemic. The knowledge built and new ways of working tested in 2020 will serve as a solid foundation for us all to build back better in 2021. Sometimes when you're in a dark place, you think you've been buried, but you've actually been planted. Green shoots of recovery have already begun, and these give hope to continued recovery for all markets. What we need to focus on now isn't a return to what was once considered normal but come together to create a better way to build, manufacture, and communicate in a global market. Behind the masks, you will find smiles and new hopes. Resilient people possess three characteristics a staunch acceptance of reality, a deep belief often buttressed by strongly held values, that life is meaningful, and an uncanny ability to improvise. You can bounce back from hardship with just one or two of these qualities, but you will only be truly resilient with all three. These three characteristics hold true for resilient organisations as well. Life is not what it's supposed to be; it's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not."

"Gratitude is a powerful trait. It softens trials, changes perspectives, elevates attitudes, focuses attention, redirects negativity, empowers us to see more clearly, and expands, widens, lifts, ennobles and deepens the sense of meaning and purpose we discover in life".

"Grant that I might have enough suffering to awaken in the deepest possible compassion and wisdom.”

"Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” 

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