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A Million Voices of Optimism

We ask people "What makes you Optimistic?"   One of our strategic goals is to stimulate and collect one million voices of optimism.

In this blog collection of optimism on the way to "A Million Voices of Optimism," members and subscribers of The Centre for Optimism can post what makes them optimistic and the answers from people they have asked. 

If you want to contribute to this valuable global resource, please email our COO Victor Perton for a free subscription or support our work by joining as a member.

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 7:29 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

     "optimism is associated with a longer life span"
    Anant Mandawat, doctor of internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    See full article

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 7:30 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Alma Besserdin, Wimmigrants Founder  

    “Optimism has been a key to humans helping them develop, progress and learn.  Optimism and empathy is what we are looking for in our leaders.”

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 3:07 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "If you make God's will and plan as part of your life, you should have a clear and  optimistic direction and growth mindset".
    Dr. Patrick Loh
    Chief Leadership Coach, Knowledgeworks Consultants
    in an email to me (January 2020)

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 3:02 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Professor Erwin Loh, Chief Medical Officer, Monash Health

    Be an optimist, and be relentless in pursuing the beacon of hope, so that you are always moving towards the light that will guide you, shine on you, and keep the shadows of darkness and despair behind you. You will also make it easier for others to find you, follow you, and be inspired by you. And by moving together in the same positive direction of hope, instead of fear, you can change the world.”

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 2:55 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Great leaders never underestimate the power of hope.  Optimism is the fuel of positive change."Mark Bilton of Thought Patrol generously shared his case for optimism with me.  

    Read Mark's insights into the qualities of Australian Leadership

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 1:26 PM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Ian Saines, member of the Centre for Optimism, shared what makes him optimistic:  "Humankind has, through the ages, demonstrated a remarkable ability to solve the many challenges and threats that inevitably arise. This continues to be the case, and as a result, our world is safer, healthier, more peaceful and prosperous than at any time in history.

    "Optimism is a critical ingredient for effective leadership, combined with a strong sense for the risk/return trade-off and the ability to mitigate against risks. I have known few effective leaders who were pessimists!"

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 10:18 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

     Kaye Farrow : "When the team is all on the same track there can only be light at the end of the tunnel. That's why I am an optimist."

    Read more of Kaye Farrow on Optimism

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 10:13 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO SingularityU Australia

    "Optimism leaves you open-minded. An open mind listens, learns and strategises for the best outcomes for the greatest number."

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 6:50 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "a diplomat is an optimist. I am optimistic that Indonesians will be more inclusive and more willing to accept differences. I am also optimistic that the global community of nations will be able to develop more inclusive cooperation."
    Teuku Faizasyah
    Adviser to the Indonesian foreign minister for political and security affairs 

    in The Jakarta Post

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 5:44 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Asked what makes her optimistic for 2020, Jaya Jaya Myra told us she's "super optimistic" about the release of her upcoming book The Soul of Purpose!

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