Google Alerts, and On Being A Successful Optimist (YES, I'm B-A-A-C-K)

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Google Alerts, and On Being A Successful Optimist

Gotta love Google Analytics, and the alerts you set up to skim tidbits out of cyber-space on your behalf...I have several: most to make sure my intellectual property stays mine, but a few to see who else is talking about the same concepts and directions I do.

Last few weeks when my computer was in and out of ICU-what saved me-what connected me-were the accumulated alerts that I had left for that proverbial rainy day, and was able to access through my handy-dandy smart phone.

One gem is a recent WSJ article by Mark Stevenson: Eight Principles of Successful Optimists. Adapted from his new book, An Optimist's Tour of the Future-what is there not to be enthused about in either title?? The article did not disappoint, I especially liked his first principle:

Have an unashamed optimism of ambition. Don’t feel embarrassed to say that things can be better. Have no qualms about imagining an improved world and advocating for it, no matter how much derision you may receive at the hands of the cynical.

I believe we have the power to attract what we want in our lives; and I am also an optimist...not sure which came first, but no matter. How empowering is it to voice your best dreams and hope, and give them legs?

This book has been chosen by Atlantic Magazine as one of the 10 Most Essential Books for Thought-Provoking Summer Reading. Follow the link above to read, enjoy the rest of them on your own, and may your own best force be with you!


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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Marie - Never apologize for being optimistic, for being ambitious, for working hard, or for being yourself.  Be the best person, you can be!

May 18, 2012 06:44 AM #1
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Marie, remember optimists are pioneers. They thrive on no excuses for going forward. And like Laura #1 said - no apology necessary when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Glad to learn your IT is out of ICU!

May 18, 2012 01:01 PM #2
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Marie, first of all I'm glad you're finally back...I was about ready to come looking for you. I followed the link to the "eight principals" read every one of them...perfect.
May 18, 2012 02:00 PM #3
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

GLAD to be back...and so nice to have been missed!

Laura-I never feel bad about being an optimist-just felt so invigorated reading someone elses' words about it. And notice-he's talking about SUCCESSFUL optimists!!

Emily-what is it with us and this word PIONEER? It is such a strong, and wonderful word, thank you for keeping it on my radar!

NICK!  Being away felt like forever! Glad you liked his points too. May be adding the book to my check it out list...


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