Organized Optimism

Every week we can see the world fresh. Like a bud on a fruit tree, the fruit ripens more and more. This is seeing the world fresh every week. Do you have the patience to watch things change? The more you look at something, the more you see micro changes over time. Time is the greatest teacher because seeing change gives you history, and history is something most refuse to take the time to understand.

True optimism is to see the best of something surface over time, and this is not well understood. Too much motivational talk is focused on the wrong things. Instead of a proven history over time that can shed light on the optimum best ideas, they focus on the short-lived qualities of attitude and energy. Optimism is neither. The real truth about optimism is how it scales in people and not individuals?

In the business world we use the concept “scalable” to determine if a business is profitable. If you cannot make your costs work to produce a profit, the business is not scalable. For example, you may be able to produce a great broom, but if it takes five hours and two people to make that broom and if it takes over six different products from various suppliers, and if you can only make two brooms a day, this is not scalable, meaning you cannot make enough to live on because the costs are too much for only two sales.

Optimism must be looked at in the same way. Does it scale, meaning can it reach a larger market? Genuine Optimism is not what the pushers of motivation are telling us. For instance, too often we hear that optimism is for individuals and not whole groups. This is a big mistake.

Have you ever felt marginalized because your attitude was not appropriate but you still had great ideas or a hard work ethic? And were you made to feel less than optimistic because you would rather perfect your ideas or work longer hours rather than spend time in a cheerleader moment?

There may be a big market to reach individuals with political optimism, but when observed at over time, the optimism for individuals is seriously limited because it does not have a way to organize as a people. Real optimism is people organized.

Martin Luther King rallied many. Like Gandhi, Christ, and so many others, the voice of entire communities was suddenly heard. Modern ideas of optimism ignore this because they are seeking to lift individuals and not whole people. Lifting whole people is an entirely different kind of optimism. Compare the two quotes. Honestly, which one is more optimistic?

  • Keep your eye on the prize and push hard enough and you will win the day.
  • All men are created equal and they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.

Imagine being employed in a corporation controlled by one person and then compare that to King Author’s knights of the round table. Which one is more optimistic? Would you rather be subject to one person or would you rather be an equal at the table? The first does not guarantee that you will have more voice or more inclusion. More voice and more inclusion naturally equal more optimism. When voice and inclusion are constricted into a small group or into one person, this is not optimistic.

A renaissance is coming because a counter culture of genuine optimism is rising. This counter culture is choosing more voice, more inclusion, and more consent from the bottom up. This counter culture is starting to see democracy stripped from central planning and they want to give it back to smaller groups. Democracy works best in small groups where more discussion can take place. Genuine Optimism is about people organizing as one and in small bodies and not under one person over all.

Imagine a handful of carrot seeds put into one hole. If left to grow, the battle for controlling power eventually suffocates most of the seedlings. But when we thin them out and give each one ample room, we have more productivity. This new counter culture sees the ethics of freedom and it is starting to practice it by giving more voice and more involvement to more people.


Yes, a renaissance is coming, and it’s based entirely on how we organize more ethically to create more voice and more freedom. This is the true foundation for a great nation. The old model of central control is dying a violent and turbulent death, and believe it or not, it will not go gently into the night. Are you ready for a major paradigm shift? A war is raging, a soft civil war, and you are either on the side of genuine optimism or you are a political optimist on the side of central control of everything. Read The Political Optimist to know the difference.

Keith R Kelsch, The Genuine Optimist


  • Brandon Host

    I would much rather be an “equal at the table” rather than being controlled by a single person. History would tell you that groups that have a controlling leader that does not think of everyone as equal usually is less effective than a group of equals. This is why I agree that history is one of the greatest things to learn from because you learn a lot by observing how things change throughout time. It is important to move towards the culture of genuine optimism because the more voice, consent, and inclusion that everyone has, the more optimistic and efficient a group will be.

  • Rod Warr

    History does teach us the best lessons. It is far better to learn from others mistakes and successes rather than to have to discover our own. I also agree with the fact that worthwhile things take time, and if it comes too easy or too quickly, it does not carry the same value. We must each pay a price for every good thing of value. There is much greater success in life in groups rather than one person alone. If we can work together with those near to us and leave each thing we touch better, we can raise each other and live well.

  • Jon Allred

    The greatest leaders are able to inspire optimism into their followers to the point that they become naturally optimistic as a group. In order for a group to succeed and not fall apart like so many groups do. When an entire group looks for each individual to succeed move onto greater good

  • Abby Wynn

    I too agree that history is our greatest tool for learning all things. If we watch history and use it to make a brighter future everyone will get more motivation from simply living. I think if we observe history we can see the example of optimism being spread to groups being more valuable than when spread to just the individuals. think the American Revolution, Civil Rights movement, or think of the failures of dictatorships, arrogant battle leaders and it is clear to see how working as a whole versus working as an individual changes the long term outcomes of results.

  • kara stoddard

    I think patience is a virtue… and a very hard virtue to obtain. If anything, one of the most difficult qualities to hold. I like the idea that “time is the greatest teacher.” I think this idea can also correlate with the idea of learning patience as well. We can be taught sometime, but until we experience it at least once (or multiple times) to fully understand something. With that being said, with time, we can gain patience. I know that the older I have gotten the more patience I have obtained. If done wrongly, the opposite can happen too.

  • Karissa Young

    Spreading optimism to groups rather than individuals seems a lot more effective to promoting change. While I agree with the round table idea of leadership that was exercised in King Arthur’s time, I also wonder how the same principles can apply now. I want it to be able to exist but I feel that the road to get there is almost impossible with the way our world has evolved. I think the idea that changes happen little by little over time is a powerful thought to start the article off with and can answer my doubts a bit. Oftentimes I feel that I need to see how something can change right now, but I don’t take the time to wait to see the micro changes. I feel that it will take some time if we are ever going to get back to a form of leadership where more people have voice.

  • Richard Empey

    When individuals come together as a group to share and express ideas they become more powerful as a group with one voice. When groups become organized they have the power of a movement, each person within the group has their own voice but share a common idea. Like the carrots they have room to grow but in different directions but the main goal is to grow in size. This causes greater effect because there is no established leader or dictator within the group but a common voice among the group.

  • Kaitlyn A.

    Patience is a skill that is hard to attain, especially in today’s society. In my eyes, time and change correlate with experience. Books can teach us very little when comparing it to experiences. Experience alone can teach us all about the world and how communication affects everyday life. I feel optimism must first be met by the individual and then met by groups, in addition. Yes, it’s important for individuals, but it’s also important for ideas to be discussed with others. We need to remember that everyone’s voice matters. It’s part of freedom and equality in that sense. People are needed for genuine optimism to be reached.

  • Mikaylee Mohr

    We learn the most from our history and while most declines to listen, it is where most will find change. In my opinion, I feel that a lot of people aren’t fully educated on our political system and our history to understand what they believe. And to have the right to voice their opinion because some aren’t fully aware of what their opinion is. You mentioned that we would rather have equal voice at the round table than be dictated by one voice, but I feel a lot of people today want to be told what to do and have everything they need given to them; despite they have given up control of their own life.

  • Katie Griffeth

    I really like the idea of consent coming from the bottom up, not from the top down. I think the culture we live in now is very used to just being told what to do and how to do it, and they simply just follow instructions. I even believe I follow this for the most part. I have never been very political, because I felt like it didn’t matter what I thought or said because my voice would never be heard. I really like the idea organizing in small groups and being able to discuss and make decisions and have them actually matter. It makes sense that this is the way that more people would be heard and have a greater effect on the overall population. I think having a “spot at the table” is a much better situation to be in than being dictated over by one.

  • Sharon Rosenbaum

    I was intrigued reading “time is the greatest teacher.” When I think about people not carrying about history I mainly think about the millennial generation. Yeah, that is including myself. We are so focused about the today word and all the new updates, that we do not even want to care about history now days. My mind stopped and really started thinking when I came across the question “have you ever felt marginalized because your attitude was not appropriate but you still had great ideas or a hard work ethic?” At times I feel like I need to focus more time then needed in order to perfect my ideas and goals. After reading this I grasped the idea of being more optimistic and have more cheerleader moments, including when I complete an important task.

  • Joshua Barney

    Organization is truly the key to genuine optimism. Not an organized group under the direction of a single leader, but rather an organization of multiple individuals where everyone is providing their voice and contributing to the greater good. It’s sad knowing that there are many people out there who don’t even want to share their opinions because of fear. Fear of what those with power can do to them. Many people also don’t have the desire to get involved. Organizing the right people with the right motivation can create amazing opportunities and growth.

  • Tori Abbott

    I really like the point made about having patience to watch things change over-time and in that process, noting the small micro-details you’re likely to observe. I also really like following point that time is greatest teacher. Both points resonated with me for a couple of reasons. First, I believe we are living in a generation that thrives off of instant satisfaction. Patience is a lost skill, in my opinion. Some may credit that to the fast growth of technology, which is some aspects is probably very true. However, I do not believe the development and growth of technology should be accredited with all the blame. Second, I believe teaching history to younger generations is crucial. I remember once a history teacher saying, “we learn history, so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.” That has always stuck with me, and if there is ever something within politics or the public eye I often refer to a comparison of the past, before developing my stance. There is so much to be learned from history, but we cannot be ignorant.

  • Sydney Wathen

    I am currently enrolled in a communication class and assigned a specific group. I have seen first hand of how powerful group work can be. I am very self driven and most times prefer working alone because I have my own level of success that I know I can reach. But this group I have been placed in has really opened my eyes. It is a very open environment and new ideas are very welcome. We each want to do well and still have our own set of ideas. Our research has become more in depth, we are able to address more questions, see different perspectives and learn more all together. It does make me want to work more with groups to feel that sense of unity. And that unity can be seen as more powerful than the ideas that are being discussed.

  • Linzi Hansen

    The idea of organizing in small groups, having a discussion, and being a part of making something happen is the epitome of freedom and equality. These days it seems that there are huge groups of people yelling loudly, but not exactly sure what they are yelling about. Consent from the bottom up is how it should be, and yet we have become accustomed to getting consent from the top down. The top dictates our lives and we have let it go on this way for too long. If organization happened from the bottom, and we could really feel as though our voice would be heard, that would be the definition of optimism for me. Taking a stand, discussing issues and how they affect my life, and truly feeling like I was an integral part of creating change is exciting.

    • Mikaylee Mohr

      Linzi I can agree with you when you say that “there are huge groups of people yelling loudly, but not exactly sure what they are yelling about”. I think we can all preach that a couple times. I mentioned in my comment that a lot of people aren’t fully educated on our political system and even our countries history to know what they are fighting for. Many people want to be told what to do but then when that happens they fight back and throw tantrums. It is a crazy time that we are living in and our society today needs this renaissance we keep discussing about.

      • Colette Smith

        There is so much change going on in the world and it is easy to see. I grew up in different time, my kids often remind me, and things were so different in every aspect of life. I feel sad for the kids growing up in this world because even though, so many good things are coming about, such as in technology. There is so much good with the technology that is being invented but there are also so many that use it for evil. It is real scary. Yes we need to look at history to see what was good and where we need to make changes. The round table theory would be great and it gives everybody a voice but do you think that there wouldn’t always be, at least one in the group who has greedy intentions or who would do their best to make things difficult. It is hard to trust people because so many people are about themselves these days. I would love to see some great changes take place. I feel like there are a lot of scary things in the future and I hope I am wrong but it would be great to see some great things come about with the genuine optimist ideas and plans.