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A Bit of Optimism

Author: Simon Sinek

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During these times, we are all having to find new ways to connect.  Join me every week as I talk with people that inspire me, about love, life, leadership, and silver linings. The hope is that we all leave with something I think we need these days… A Bit of Optimism.
27 Episodes
Occasionally I get to meet someone whose story absolutely inspires me. Quilen Blackwell is that person. He was on the path set for him - good grades, good college, good job - but he decided to follow his own path and his journey was filled with far more difficulty than he imagined. Only through faith, conviction and the generosity of strangers was he able to rise up and become the successful social entrepreneur he is today - serving the community that took care of him. This is… A Bit of OptimismYouTube:
Where do we find the truth? As the business of news has become, well, a business…it seems to have become more and more difficult to actually find the truth. Even search engines are no help. So I called James Harding, former Director of BBC News and the founder and editor-in-chief of Tortoise, a new news service, to uncover the truth about the truth. This is …A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Many people have theories, but what philosopher, Dr. James Carse, figured out is more profound. He articulated a basic truth about how the world actually works. His work has had a profound impact on me and my work. So much so, I wrote a book to pick up where he left off. Sadly, Dr. Carse died in September 2020. Fortunately I had a chance to sit down with him a few months before, to chat with him about belief, fulfillment and the Infinite Game. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
What happens when someone who is obsessed with human behavior, instead of becoming a psychologist, chooses a career in entertainment? Mentalist and illusionist, Derren Brown, has mastered the ability to tap into our motivations and biases to uncover some remarkable things. These days, he’s interested in how we can all be just a little bit happier.  This is… A Bit of OptimismYouTube:
Conversion with Ric Elias

Conversion with Ric Elias


On January 15th 2009, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, against all odds, landed his US Airways Airbus safely on the Hudson River. How would you have reacted to the sound of the engines shutting down in mid-flight and the captain announcing “brace for impact”? CEO and venture capitalist, Ric Elias, was on that flight. He shared how that near-death experience transformed his views on his business and his life. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
In life we learn different things from different people. From my friend, retail executive Ann Marie Scichili, I learned about generosity. So, in the spirit of generosity I wanted to share her with you. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Joy with Marco Bizzarri

Joy with Marco Bizzarri


Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri, finds joy in the little things. This is his secret. His secret to a happy life, also his secret to leadership. And it works. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube:
We are living in a polarized world filled with fear and uncertainty. There is, however, a way we can overcome all of it - Love.  Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Aloe Blacc and I, talked about how we must Fight with Love and Fight for Love. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
We all want to feel like we belong. We feel safe surrounded by people who see the world the way we see it. This is why we all have to find our tribe. Social psychologist and award winning Harvard professor, Amy Cuddy, certainly found hers - The Grateful Dead.  So I sat down with this lifelong Deadhead to talk about the value of finding your tribe. This is … A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
What would you talk to organizational psychologist and author of Give and Take, Adam Grant, about? Everything! This was one of those conversations that went in so many directions…and I learned so much. This is … A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Twenty years ago my sister and our family suffered a tragedy that we don’t talk about very often. She wanted to talk about it with the hope that it helps someone. I think it will help a lot of people. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Where does optimism come from? I think it comes from an innate sense that the future is bright. Andy Grammer, an incurable optimist, thinks it starts with pain. I love his point of view. This is not a Bit of Optimism. This is… A Lot of Optimism.YouTube:
Are you honest? Let me ask the question a different way: have you ever told a lie? You can see the problem. Dr. Lenny Wong has spent years studying this and we talked about how pervasive this “ethical fading” is in so many aspects of modern life and what we can do about it. This is… A Bit of OptimismYouTube:
It’s often easier to learn lessons when we look at extreme cases. I turned to the military to understand trust. To learn about compassion, I turned to Bruce Deel. He’s an extraordinary man and the second chances his organization, City of Refuge, gives people can teach the rest of us how we can do the same. This is… A Bit of OptimismYouTube:
Two things - money and the internet - influence and impact almost everything in our lives. Which is a problem when both are run by just a few companies. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, co-founders of Facebook and early investors in Bitcoin, have an idea how to give the people back their power. This is … A Bit of Optimism. YouTube:
Extreme listening are two words that don’t usually go together. But there is no other way to describe what Deeyah Khan does. A Muslim woman, she made a documentary, White Right: Meeting the Enemy, about spending time with white supremacists. Her results were so profound, it raises the question, what if we all had the capacity for extreme listening? This is…A  Bit of Optimism. YouTube:
General Stan McChrystal was the Commander of The Joint Special Operations Command under President Obama and is the author of Team of Teams. He has had a colorful and distinguished career, but what I wanted to talk to him about is how he has lived a life of Quiet Service. This… is A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Courage with Guy Raz

Courage with Guy Raz


We all need courage these days. The courage to speak out, the courage to be optimistic, the courage to take care of our loved ones when we’re hurting. Guy Raz and I talked about where courage comes from and how to find it. Guy is the podcast king. He was also a war correspondent. So he knows a lot about courage. His ideas are absolutely inspiring. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Carolyn Adams is an extraordinary woman. A world-renown dancer, pioneer, and teacher - she is a light that shines bright. I wanted to discover what she’s learned in her purposeful life and get her perspective on what’s going on right now. I loved our chat – I hope you do too. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
We live in a world that is increasingly polarized. Reality, however, is a lot more grey than that, which can make us feel uncomfortable. That’s why I wanted to talk to author, entrepreneur, and activist Jenna Arnold about how we can learn to accept and manage the grey. This is... A Bit of Optimism.YouTube:
Comments (13)

Matías Andrés Jiménez Vera

Thanks for the podcasts, i very appreciated that

Jan 31st

Alireza Iranmanesh

I believe one the most pushy concept which steals joy and happiness is TIME. when we set deadlines we focus about the result and performance rater than the process when we set KPIs they should be met in a specific time frame so we lose the joy. on the other hand when we focus on process rather than result, targets disappears and then focusing in each finishing moment comes. therefore there is not such a time frame meaning in reality if we agree each moment finishes. so we will be time less and that is the moment of joy. when we are happy and joyful we dont realise time passes why? because at that moment we are time less and enjoying the content rather than outcome

Dec 18th

Pam Orphanides

I loved this session. deeply powerful, meaningful, genuinely and insightful. It helped me challenge my own thinking and really analyse my way of operating . I have learnt so much which I will take away and practice with patience. thank you to you both

Nov 18th

Shubham Kabra

Very few podcast feels relaxing, this just seemed like conversation with friends :)

Sep 17th

Ensieh Meydanchi


Sep 8th
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Kosar Samie

I am from Iran and I enjoyed this podcast!

Sep 2nd

mehdi mofid

"Love is giving someone the power to destroy you and you thrusting they won't use it" thats very true.

Aug 19th

Nicola Cockroft

I thoroughly enjoyed this and learned so much. What brilliant insights about how much we need belonging and how you can learn to love instead of hate. Thank you.

Aug 11th

Mike Ward

Really enjoyed that. thank you all.

Jul 20th

Fergus Brennan


Jul 9th

navid ghahremani

It's the best conversation I've ever heard. thanks guys

Jun 18th

nam myoho renge kyō

nam myoho renge kyō

Jun 17th
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