President's Puck Drop
BYH President, Ryan O'Connell
You may have caught news that we lost a great American on October 18th. I’m referring to Colin Powell and his story is truly a remarkable one. Born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrants (a shipping clerk and a seamstress), he rose from humble beginnings to become a four-star general and Secretary of State! I don’t have space here to list all of his achievements (nor all of the challenges and obstacles he overcame), but consider that his resume includes a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and two (count them TWO) Presidential Medals of Freedom! I can’t help but wonder how important a role his positive mindset played …
Powell is credited with saying that “perpetual optimism is a force multiplier”. General Powell wasn’t ignorant of adverse situations, he just believed that with the right approach and the right action, he could improve things. There’s a fascinating combination of hopefulness and incessant positive self-talk there that we could all use a little more of.
Harvard Health suggests these four practices to help you build more optimism:
Look for opportunities
Focus on your strengths
Create a mental image of your best possible self
You can read more about it here: Thoughts on optimism - Harvard Health. And as you think about our Org, our teams, and the season before us, remember these words from Anne Frank - “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
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