This is a book to inspire and strengthen your optimism. Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme says, “Good things happen when good people get together in common cause. More than 200 people have shared their wisdom and insights in this book ‘The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices.’ Their views are fresh and sparkle off the pages.”
In “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices” , 200 leaders share new and inspiring quotes, comments and affirmations to bring optimism to life and help guide you to greater optimism.
At its simplest, optimism is a general expectation that good things will happen. According to recent Harvard health research, optimism may help you live longer. Optimism may also help you function better as a leader.
Most of us are sick of turning on the news or opening a newspaper and being assailed with stories of disaster, mayhem and 24/7 criticism of our leaders. Victor Perton has written the “The Case for Optimism: The Optimists’ Voices” to give voice to our yearning for a positive approach to leadership and life.
Some quotes from the book:
Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company: “In many cases, globalization and capitalism has been a force for good. At the same time, a substantial part of humanity has been left behind by growth that has been uneven and inequitable, creating a global environment marked by anger, violence, inequality, and divisiveness. Despite all of this, I remain as optimistic as ever. Today’s world is abundant with opportunity to collaborate in new ways, creating positive change and solutions that protect the planet and provide hope to millions of people who feel that the world has forgotten them.”
Mick Farrell, CEO of Resmed: “Optimism is the triumph of hope over fear, of truth over deception, but it must be grounded in reality. Optimism without realism is just a dream; hope alone is not a strategy. Detailed planning of scenarios, laying out of plans towards an ambitious goal, and then inspiring a team to climb that hill together with passion and a mission greater than oneself – that combination is a sure path to success.”
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever: “The future lies in the hands of the younger generation and that gives me huge cause for optimism. Wherever I go in the world, the young people I meet are engaged with the issues and challenges we face and focussed on finding solutions. Above all, they are driven by a deep sense of purpose. They may only represent 50% of today, but fortunately young people are 100% of tomorrow, and that is reason to celebrate”.
Chairman of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Denis Henry: “Optimism about the future and about the essential goodness in the majority of your community and workforce is the fuel for the certainty and commitment a leader needs.”
Professor Jane Burns: “People talk about tenacity and resilience and strength of character but it is optimism that drives behavior when on some days it would be easier to say “stop - I give up, it’s too hard. Optimism is believing in the impossible and then taking the steps to make it possible.”
World Economic Forum’s Bertrand Badré: “Leadership must appropriately combine a harsh sense of reality with a dose of contagious optimism. It is about looking forward past the obstacles. Yes we can!”
Steve Wozniak aka "The Woz”, Co-founder, Apple Computer: “H = S - F. Happiness = Smiles - Frowns. Find ways to smile and enjoy life, but don’t frown. Don’t argue. Don’t let small things get to you. Just figure out the best path to move forward constructively. When you see pessimists, be glad that you are better with your optimism. Spread this thinking about optimism to young people. After about age 23 your personality is settled and you can’t change it just with logical reasoning.”