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Episode 38: Enchantment with Chloe Valdary

What is the best way to navigate the world of diversity, equity and inclusion? Chloe Valdary’s point of view is different from the norm. The founder of the Theory of Enchantment believes the best way for us to come together is to first find love within ourselves. And the results are...enchanting. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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The Theory of Enchantment

Episode 37: The Value of Failing with Suneel Gupta

There are only a few people in the world who have made a success out of failing. Serial entrepreneur and author of Backable, Suneel Gupta is one of them. We talked about the importance of failing and the lessons we can learn. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Suneel's Book - Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You

Episode 36: The Awesome Responsibility with Kyle Carpenter

We’ve seen it in the movies, someone throws themselves onto a grenade to save their buddy, but how many of us could actually do it? Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, can answer that question. However, he sees what he did as the kind of responsibility we all have - to protect and take care of each other. His words are powerful and inspiring. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Episode 35: Raising Resilient Kids with Angela Duckworth

With unprecedented levels of stress and depression amongst young people, I wanted to know what we, as an older generation can do to help. So I talked to psychologist, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit , Angela Duckworth. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Episode 34: Learning to Love with Tim Shriver

Most people know him as a disability rights activist, chairman of Special Olympics or for his book The Call to Unite. But when we talked, our conversation took a turn. We ended up talking about what it means to learn to love. And it was wonderful. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Episode 33: Thinking Differently with Matthew Barzun


Every now and then, I get to meet someone who sees the world differently. Matthew Barzun is one of those people. He was early to see opportunities that others didn’t - in the internet, in political fundraising and even as US Ambassador. Put simply, Matthew helps us see the world differently. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

I’m so excited that Matthew’s new book The Power of Giving Away Power will be released through our Penguin Random House imprint, Optimism Press, on June 1st. Optimism Press’ WHY is to publish the ideas that inspire us and give us the tools we need to build a more optimistic world - and Matthew’s new book exemplifies that perfectly. Grab your copy here


Episode 32: Having a Laugh with Michael McIntyre


In high stress times it helps to laugh, which is why I called Michael McIntyre, one of the most successful comedians in the world. And that’s what we did…we laughed. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 31: Respect with Nicole Avant


In a world that’s increasingly polarized, it’s harder and harder to bridge the divide between ourselves and those we disagree with. Filmmaker and former US Ambassador, Nicole Avant and I chatted about the importance of reaching out beyond the divide and showing fellow humans a little respect. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 30: Designing the Future with Brian Collins


Spotify, Target and Twitch are just three of the brands whose identify has been significantly influenced by Brian Collins. He’s a legend in the design world and thinks about the future in ways completely different from everyone else. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 29: Confidence with Sara Blakely


Confidence is this thing we all need…this thing we all want. Some seem to find it easier than others. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, found it and it worked. This is… A Bit of Optimism.