Do You Need a Reason to be Optimistic?

We’re bombarded daily with negative news headlines. The next time you need a break from all the negativity, watch these two videos. They communicate that there’s a lot to be optimistic about.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats charts the world’s progress to health and wealth over the course of 200 years. It’s clear by the end that we’re living in an entirely new, converging world where it’s possible for everyone to aspire to the healthy, wealthy corner. We can only imagine the progress the next decade will bring!

I also like this YouTube video, The Best Time to Invest, that shows how $1 invested in 1927 in the total U.S. market grew to $2,996.06 in 2012. Illustrating the market’s power to overcome specific negative events, the video ends with a powerful quote from the most successful investor of all time, Warren Buffett, that really ties both of these videos together.

Mr. Buffett is quoted as saying “We have a system that unleashes human potential…We will have interruptions. We will overshoot and undershoot sometime, but your kids and grandkids will live betters than you.”

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