Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking

Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking

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by David Mezzapelle, Marshall Goldsmith
     
 

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David Mezzapelle was inspired to write this uplifting book based on his life's experiences and his own contagious optimism. He has influenced many people with his outlook and this book offers optimism to others around the globe. Contagious Optimism includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide. A compendium of

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David Mezzapelle was inspired to write this uplifting book based on his life's experiences and his own contagious optimism. He has influenced many people with his outlook and this book offers optimism to others around the globe. Contagious Optimism includes stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide. A compendium of encouragement, Contagious Optimism also includes advice and guidance from business leaders, visionaries and professionals. Nowadays, many people have lost confidence in themselves and the world around them due to personal hardship along with economic and political uncertainty worldwide. Contagious Optimism shows readers that it’s possible to FIND the silver lining in every cloud. Developed by the team that brought you Random Acts of Kindness, this book is like Chicken Soup for the Soul meets Pay It Forward, on steroids! Contagious Optimism is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on hope and happiness.

Featured stories and endorsements from "contagious optimists" such as:
Michael Beckwith - Founder of the single largest interfaith church in America: LA's Agape.
Nancy Ferrari - The "Oprah of AM Radio"
Daniel Tully - Chairman Emeritus of Merrill Lynch and one of the top executives to ever grace Wall Street.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Through short essays solicited from diverse contributors, including motivational speakers, business leaders, a gospel singer, and ordinary people, Mezzapelle espouses the powers of "contagious optimism" and "positive forward thinking." The resulting mix of success stories and quick-fix methods is targeted at lifting the spirits of everyone from discouraged middle managers, to those in the midst of midlife crises, victims of the recession, and individuals struggling with depression or stress. The material retreads well-trod territory, and there's precious little original advice. Readers are encouraged to pay it forward, never give up, do your best, and so on. Yet the fact that these aphorisms are couched in personal anecdotes saves the book. Nearly every story is excellently composed and straightforward; readers are sure to find something to connect with. Frequent bits of encouraging advice, insights, and practical exercises make Mezzapelle's message digestible and relevant, and perfect for daily perusals. Agent: Sharon Donovan. (June)
From the Publisher
"Filled with TRIUMPHANT and fascinating stories from people all over the world, as well as life coaches and other authors, Contagious Optimism offers you encouragement to trust yourself and forge ahead in the midst of confusion and fear. This book has a contagious vibration that sparks courage, self-love, and personal empowerment. Be prepared to open yourself to new perspectives that place you outside the box and into a place of trust and love!"
-Laurie Martin, author of Smile Across Your Heart: The Process of Building Self-Love

No matter how difficult or easy your life may be at any given moment, it is possible to experience meaning and happiness. Read Contagious Optimism for yourself. Read it for your teams at work. Read it for your family. It will help you improve your life, your outlook, and your behavior.
-Marshall Goldsmith

"Reading Contagious Optimism will allow you to appreciate and understand the principles that people of all races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds live by and have exhibited during their life’s adventures."
-Daniel P. Tully

"I consider myself a very positive person. Still, I learned a lot from the various authors in this book about
“Positive Forward Thinking.” I’m sure you will get a lot out of this book too. Why? Because it’s infectious. So buy this book and catch some optimism now!"
-Allen Klein, author of The Art of Living Joyfully

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936740413
Publisher:
Viva Editions
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
460,151
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


David Mezzapelle has been motivating others to be positive since his childhood. In most aspects of life he has been living his vocation of making others feel good about themselves, the world around them, and what lies ahead. David is a major proponent of optimism. He has served a variety of roles to mentor others and assist people, of all demographics, in appreciating their current life as well as in building a foundation for the future. David was inspired to write this book series based on his life's experiences and his contagious optimism. Throughout David’s life he has encountered great peaks and valleys, all of which he is thankful for. He never lost sight along the way and has kept his positive attitude and confidence at 110 percent. He has influenced many people with his outlook and these books are his way of offering optimism to others that have never met him. David has been a guest on various radio and Television programs. He is also a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and various other publications around the globe. David resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife, Courtney. Learn more about David at contagiousoptimism.net.

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Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Book_Lover_Bob More than 1 year ago
I did not find the stories in this book uplifting or motivational but rather weird and freaky.
SuperReaderBK More than 1 year ago
This book will show you how to power your life with the positive! This book totally inspires me- there are a couple of stories that I read and loved and tell people about all the time now. One is a brave lady named Myrtle who was down and out with bad health and living in a homeless shelter. She stayed optimistic through it all and is a shining example of a total life turnaround. RIcky Wade's story "B' ing the Best is amazing, as well. He arrived in America a penniless youth and is now a huge success who only hires at-risk youth at his restaurants to give back. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently I was feeling a bit down in the dirt because I had to say goodbye to some great people. A friend recommended Contagious Optimism. What a book! The lessons I learned from the stories really put a smile on my face. I particularly like the chapter on relationships. Contagious Optimism taught me you can always be happy again even in the saddest of circumstances. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel and that's the book's main message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is beautifully organized and completely inspiring! Defiitely a must have in your collection for a positive and happy life!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! So inspiring and motivational, without being dry or boring at all. Was really enjoyable to read and I find myself coming back to reread my favorite chapters. I like the mix of the stories from everyday people and professionals. I would highly recommend this to anyone, whether you're looking for a little extra inspiration or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. Contagious Optimism is a book containing, as the subtitle advertises, little anecdotes, essays, and tips that are selected to help the reader towards a better and happier life. The whole idea is essentially given in the book title “Contagious Optimism”. What I mean to say is that sometimes we need some form of motivation. Now unfortunately not all of us have life coaches on speed dial who will kick us into gear whenever we falter, but luckily for the rest of us, there are cheaper alternatives. Sometimes when you read something motivational, you are motivated yourself, and that is where this book comes in. I don’t recommend reading this all in one sitting, or even reading it in order. This is the kind of book you read and reread sections at a time. Let the advice ruminate in your mind, sleep on it, really think about how you can incorporate the messages into your life. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago