Optimistic because of the  Fantastic People Around Us: Khurram Khan

"I feel optimistic because there are still fantastic people around us who are resilient, positive and optimistic. These individuals are the community's spine and play a dynamic role in mentoring youth like me in the right direction. They are the same individuals who volunteer their time and efforts to give back to their local communities and future generations."

Khurram Khan is a Senior Associate, Risk Execution at NAB; Assistant Governor (Calder Cluster) Past President of the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Khurram nails it!

Surround yourself with Optimists

Optimism, like pessimism, is infectious. So make a point to maximise your time spent with optimistic people.

Pessimistic people sap your energy. There will be times when you have to spend time with them - they may be family, old friends and work colleagues. However, try to spend the rest of your time with optimistic people.

Generally, optimists attract other optimists. Positive and optimistic people and their conversations will boost your optimism, joy and happiness. It can become a virtuous circle, but you first need to seek it out or set it up.

Choose your company wisely and limit your time with people who do not fill your glass of optimism and self-confidence.

Lead the conversation with positive questions.

Prepare for gatherings by bringing to mind positive stories you have heard or read recently.

Asked by me what makes him optimistic, “True North” Professor Bill George, Harvard Business School, said “I am optimistic because I believe in the inherent goodness of people and I am surrounded with positive optimistic people. What a blessing!”

Paul Wheelton AM KSG told me, "My success in business has come about by only associating with positive people. Avoid the glass half empty people - they drain your energy and turn your imagination off. Make a decision at the start of every day to be the glass half full person and before too long you are hard wired for success."

Gordon Tredgold said, "Surround yourself with positive people and see their optimism give you the strength to try new things."

The sometimes controversial Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, says, "it's so important to surround yourself with people who are grounded and really optimistic."

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