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The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results by Terry L. Paulson

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Chapter 14. Build an Optimistic Network that Works

"Thank you Lord for the success of my friends and the fewness of my enemies! May all my friends achieve their fondest dreams."

Ben Franklin's Morning Prayer

There is one final—and very important—wild card that needs to be played. If you want to be optimistic, spend more time with other optimistic people willing to encourage and support you.

"One's attitude is a lot about the people you hang around with. When you lie with dogs, you get fleas. Some people bring you down; others bring you up. I've learned to spend more time with people who bring me up."

Gary McGinnis

In the words of legendary American author Mark Twain: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

The company you keep can pull you up or bring you down, so pick your friends, mentors, and colleagues wisely. You know the difference people can make in your life. Spend more time with those who do.

Truth #42: Thank the People Who Have Helped and Encouraged You

Let Your Life Speak author Parker Palmer reminds us: "Some teachers shine a light that allows growth to flourish, while others cast a shadow under which seedlings die." You know the bosses and teachers you're glad you no longer have to deal with. You also know which ones made you better.

Fred Rogers, former host of the children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was a frequent and popular speaker. Every ...

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