An inspiring case for optimism

I was passed a wonderful link to an inspiring video clip by my friend and colleague Jane Bromley. The clip shows an inspiring man named Peter Diamandis giving us a powerful case for being optimistic.

He does not dispute that there is bad stuff happening in the world. The media does seem to concentrate on the bad stuff, and I believe that we need to remind ourselves of the good stuff too. I also believe that we need to keep both the good and the bad things in a balanced context.

Ted reminds us of the progress we have made in the last 100 years … without ever allowing us to be complacent about what still needs to be done. The rate of progress has followed Moore’s Law where growth becomes exponential – I do not propose to repeat all the examples he gives – you can veiw the whole clip yourself (which is about 16 minutes long) here:

I would like to just share a few of my own thoughts before you view it. Let me start off by sharing a few stimulating facts

* A group of students can now quickly touch the lives of a billion people – in a way that could not be done just 10 years ago.
* We now have the ability to access abundant and safe energy through solar, wave and wind power. That now allows us to produce abundant water. Slingshot technology enables us to speedily produce drinking water from any water source (sea, polluted, sewerage etc) for just 2 cents a litre.
* A new medical device can now diagnose many medical conditions quicker than a team of doctors – valuable in third world situations as well as in progressive nations.
* The world’s population has reached 7 billion people; yet education and health is still the best answer to population growth. The 3 billion extra people now on our planet can connect with new and amazing technology … and this wave of rising educated people can make contributions to our world that we cannot even yet predict.

Ted has tremendous confidence in the future, and so do I. We are now more empowered than ever before as individuals to take on the grand challenges of our planet and our personal lives.
As a Professional Coach I too celebrate that extraordinary view. I want to inspire my friends, colleagues and clients. So whilst Ted inspires us on a macro level, may I try to inspire you on an micro level. Let us feel the faith we each have in our own abilities to make a difference. Perhaps we can discuss how we do that in a future discussion.

I hope you have been left inspired!

Please let me know your views.

Copyright Gerard Jakimavicius 2012


  1. Andy Harris

    Good stuff Gerard – I think we all need to be reminded that inspiration is good for us. I tend to like those little inspirational quotes that get emailed each day. I think that the challenge for most people is getting bogged down in the daily ‘stuff to do’ and they need something inspirational to spark them back into life (but not feel guilty for taking the time out!).

    1. admin

      Hello Andy,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. You are so right about getting bogged down with the daily “stuff to do”. In nearly all my client coaching I have asked or suggested “What would happen if you stood back from the daily routine and saw what was really happening (big picture stuff)?”
      Almost invariably the client may initially struggle to do that – extracting oneself from the daily routine and pressure of the intray etc. can be like pulling a boot from deep sticky mud!. However when it is done – there is usually a sigh followed by an “aha” moment.
      Thank you for your contribution Andy.


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