A few years ago I attended an Ontario Library Association conference. One of the after lunch sessions was a talk by Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and two follow-up bestsellers and the originator of a delightful website – 1000 Awesome Things. Here’s a link to the TED Talk he did in 2010.

Now anyone who’s ever been to a conference knows that the post-carb-laden lunch time slot is the most challenging, especially in a dimly lit room of strangers.  But there was no lethargy, because Neil is a dynamic, engaging presenter.

I’d heard him speak before, at Word on the Street, before he became uber-famous. You know something? He is still the same honest, humble, humorous young man he was back then. Not a shred of artifice. And happily, after suffering from the unexpected suicide of a good friend and the breakup of his marriage, Neil has found happiness again.

One of the videos he showed us was this one, about the power of affirmations and positive thought. As they say, ‘Out of the mouths of babes.’ Great advice. Rock on, Jessica!