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What is Optimism?

At its simplest, optimism is an expectation that good things will happen and that things will work out in the end.

Professor Jee Hyun Kim, The Florey Institute

"Optimism is the evidence for the dreams yet to be realised.”


Balys Stankunavicius

"In a dramatically changing world, optimism is a tonic to strengthen our challenge to contribute and construct."

Greg Hunt, Minister for Health, Government of Australia

"Optimism is the indispensable element to success. It may not guarantee success as hard work and planning also have to be involved.  But the absence of it will almost always prevent success"

Maureen Metcalf, Founder & CEO Metcalf & Associates, Author, Radio Host

“Optimism is the fuel that powers our vision and aspirations. The combination of worth vision, passion and optimism make almost anything possible. During challenging times, by surrounding ourselves with people who possess this combination we will find joy in the struggles and create a positive outcome, even if not what was originally planned.”

Murli Thadani, Kiroyan Partners, Jakarta, Indonesia

“Optimism and positive energy are the platforms by which our lives are fruitfully enriched when sensibly channelised.”

Paul Bayly, Chief Executive Officer. Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency

"Optimism is that special quality that gives clarity to some, comfort to others and hope to many. It is immeasurable but tangible, it is indefinable but self-evident; it is unfathomable but something we all want. It is essentially what defines us as human beings; it makes us just want to keep persevering, and it is what gets me get out of bed every morning"

Jose Raynal, Strategy Director, EPIC

"Optimism is a strong belief that the future will be better, because we are building it from our dreams."

Dr Tim Baker

“Optimism is a state of mind rather than a technique. I’m so grateful I woke up this morning. That’s something to be optimistic about. Many people didn’t wake up this morning.” 

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg 

"Optimism is a Lifestyle."


Akaash Maharaj, CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

“Optimism is a creed for the brave. Pessimists' and cynics' certainty that nothing can be done gives them a ready excuse to do nothing and to risk nothing. By contrast, the optimist knows that better is always possible, and so he is compelled to make the effort work towards happier ends, even at the risk of disappointment.”

Ambassador Jeff Bleich, Chair, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

"Optimism is knowing that, no matter what challenge we face, people acting with good will and effort can improve upon it. This isn't a dream or a wish; it is simply the story of all human progress."

Paul Bayly, Chief Executive Officer. Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency

"Optimism is that special quality that gives clarity to some, comfort to others and hope to many. It is immeasurable but tangible, it is indefinable but self-evident; it is unfathomable but something we all want. It is essentially what defines us as human beings; it makes us just want to keep persevering, and it is what gets me get out of bed every morning"

Tristan Russell, Adviser, City of Port Phillip

Optimism, enthusiasm and positivity are infectious, display it, and people will always want to work with you!”


Syed Saeed Alam

"Optimism is the powerful elixir of engagement."


Joanne Butterworth-Gray GAICD, Chair at Food and Fibre Gippsland

"Optimism if the exquisite taste of the first white peach of the season; it is the trust with which your grandson takes your hand; the acceptance of your destiny and your place in a world that is much bigger than you; and mostly, optimism is living and being the person you are meant to be."

Ridwan Kamil,  Governor of West Java

"Optimism is the reason to live, the reason to get up in the morning. Optimism is looking forward to a bright future, a better future for all."

General Colin Powell

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier"

Brad Coughlin, Founding Director at cBeyond Solutions

“Optimism is the connective tissue between your last No and your next Yes.

Martin Chesbrough

"Optimism is the hope that the future will be better than the past.  Our job is to harness optimism in order to ensure a positive future for ourselves, our families and our communities"


Anna-Marie Southern, IACCM

"Optimism is a gift; one which we are able to give to ourselves. I think it is the root of aspiration, and therefore movement and growth.”

Lynette Mayne AM, Owner + Executive ChairWork Wear World

Optimism is life itself – it inspires and helps us to be innovative and passionate. It creates the drive to do amazing things, to always raise the bar.  Quite frankly, what would we do without it?”

Ross Dawson, Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Author

"The ONLY way we can create a better future for ourselves, our community, our organisations and humanity is to be optimistic. Optimism is absolutely not believing blindly that things will get better on their own. Optimism is believing that it is possible to create a better tomorrow if we do the right things today. Unless we have that belief we will simply give up. Only with optimism do we have a real chance of creating an amazing future for humanity."


Janine Garner, Speaker and Author

"Optimism is an inner belief that the external challenges too will end. It is seeing the light of possibility and the spark of opportunity.  Optimism is seeing the best in humanity versus the worse and knowing that togetherness, is ultimately all we have to drive the change that is needed."

Professor Tony Cassidy, Professor of Child & Family Health PsychologyUlster University

"Optimism is about travelling hopefully towards your next goal."

Sisters May Make You More Optimistic!

David Gardner , Co-Chairman at The Motley Fool

Optimism is not just a state of mind. It’s a creative force. Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you cannot, you’re right.” 

I think you can.

Cheryl Batagol, Chair, Environment Protection Authority (Victoria, Australia)

The case for optimism centres around the human condition and the unconscious bias towards optimism of us humans but also because we have a driving need to make a difference to our bit of the world, to leave the world in a better place.”


Sally McArthur, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology

"Optimism is identifying a challenge and building a community to explore it with you, knowing that a diversity of ideas, know how and people will always create energy, insights and a whole range of solutions you could never envisage by yourself."

Heather MacArthur

“Optimism is the act of dreaming up what you want and believing in that possibility. It taps into the part of our brain that sees opportunities and conjures up ideas for creating that which doesn’t exist yet. Fear only serves the immediate need to protect our physical safety. So if you’re not being chased by a mugger or a hungry tiger, always choose optimism.”

Jeff Kerr-Bell

“Optimism is the only essential ingredient in all significant achievement. Apologies in advance for the auto references, but all things that are worthwhile have challenges, speed humps and barriers to overcome. It is the torque that helps drives leaders and others to overcome those barriers. Optimism, shared and well communicated, helps us believe that a vision for the future can be achieved, and compels us forward when negativity and pessimism apply the brakes.  Optimism I believe is the foundation of one of my favourite quotes from Calvin Coolidge "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."


Joseph Ghaly, Leadership Coach

“Optimism is that quiet voice in our head reminding us that we are on track toward our goals. It is a refreshing consciousness that everything is going to be alright. Optimism is a state of mind and a choice. It is my choice of mindset. Is it yours? Wherever you are enroute towards your goals, whichever stop or traffic light, take a moment to be conscious of your aim. This should be an enlightening experience, refreshing your optimism about your personal motivation and original game plan. It does take energy and effort to turn on the positive or optimistic switch in our brain. That effort is well rewarded with a happier and more motivated self. And greater attraction to the people and resources who are naturally aligned with our values. Have the guts to go for it and be optimistic!”


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