Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Sage Wisdom, Practical Advice, Proven Principles, and Tremendous ToolsJim Stovall’s
“The Art of Optimism – Your Competitive Edge” is timely and relative. Stovall’s insights never cease to amaze me.
Although I consider myself an optimist by nature; those pesky, nagging negative traits of pessimism sometimes creep in and try to take over. While doing a quick scan of the contents, I was drawn to the chapter, titled The Pessimism Prescription. I recognized my symptoms and was ready to find the first step to a cure. I quickly learned the detriments of pessimism as stress and anxiety; and the concept that optimism acts as immunization to protect me from the influence of these negative emotion.
Stovall’s stories, studies, personal experiences, and challenging, enlightening examples from the lives of well known, successful leaders in business, the entertainment industry, and motivational speakers inspire and motivate me to reflect on, analyze, and examine my motives, attitudes, and self-value as I adapt optimism as my worldview.
The bestselling author of over 40 books, Jim Stovall was honored with the International Humanitarian of the Year award in 2000.
In “The Art of Optimism” Jim Stovall continues to set the standard for books in this genre. I can highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with consistently maintaining an optimistic attitude in their everyday challenges and opportunities.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 97816950214, $21.95, 2018, 160 pages