Albert Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” There is an amazing power that comes from encouraging the fish to climb the tree. To inspire their passion to climb that tree when the odds say otherwise.
My friend, American music legend Buffy Ford Stewart, wrote me: “I love how you mention your mom as an inspiration for you. My mother was a creative force in my life. Just as your mother still is in yours. And just as Ethel Kennedy has been In the lives of all of her children. I can’t think of a better birthday gift than Optimistic Vibe, to present to Ethel. She will be over the moon!!!!!”
Buffy’s inspiring words elevated me, empowered me, supporting my dreams with encouragement: Inspiration for me to climb my tree.
I was given a boost to climb my tree from my friend, Max Kennedy, he wrote me, “Robert John Cook lives the values of true Cape Cod–He is committed to his community–offering all of us a shared hand to improve our streets, our culture, our senses and our lives. His ancestors arrived here four hundred years ago searching for a particular salvation–and he has presented now a program which will shine a light across the Cape.”
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” inspiring words from Max’s father, Robert F. Kennedy.
Why not believe I can climb my tree with a group of creative artists and make the world a better place with a new type of business model called a Public Duty. Why not?
“I Have a Dream”, an inspiring speech from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why not climb my tree with a dream to make the world a better place with you, our 810,000 like-minded enthusiasts through intelligent change in the workplace, our environment, and community, a Public Duty.
The tree I decided to climb: In his initial victory speech, President Obama placed a call to action to every citizen of America, he said, “When our children live to see the next century, what change will they see? What progress will come from you and me? We are standing on our hill, it’s time to gather hands.”
Perhaps it’s from my Native America blood, as the tree I would climb I took our president’s words as a call to action to help our country and do my part. On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 I took my first step up in climbing my tree. Inspired by passion I went to Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 for President Obama’s inauguration. The incredibly powerful energy from the 2+ million like-mined people on that day gave me what I needed to believe I could be a fish a climb a tree. The energy that day on The Mall was one plus one equals three, it was this day that Optimistic Vibe was born.
For the next twenty four months, from January 2009 to January 2011 as an artist I asked Why Not?, I Dreamed, I Believed. I bought a small tape recorder and when an idea came I took note and added it to my journal. The journal slowly grew and after twenty four months my journal turned into a fifty four page business plan.
In January 2001 I entered President Obama’s federally funded program ‘Small Business Development Network’. And with Dr Cliff Robbins of the University of Massachusetts, for the next three and half years, on a forty hour+ weekly basis, unpaid week in and unpaid week out, I would do my ‘homework’, inspired by passion to contribute to our nation’s progress, just as the President requested of me.
I have built Optimistic Vibe with little more than inspired passion, because I believe in the President’s words: ”What progress will come from you and me?” In his victory speech President Obama referenced the Greatest Generation and the progress they delivered to get themselves through the Depression and World War II. I found tremendous inspiration to climb my tree from believing that as a nation we can stand on the shoulders of the Greatest Generation, add today’s technology, and establish the progress our President asked of us.
I have endured and climbed my tree, the view from the top of the tree is clear: I believe Optimistic Vibe is a healthy initiative to enhance progress in America. As an artist, musician, and writer I am a member of our national creative community, this is where I belong. And there are 810,000 brothers and sisters that support the arts in America that belong. It is We that belong, and it is We that can make a difference in enhancing our national progress.
I belong to Optimistic Vibe with you with you by making the first step toward progress being our positive attitude. Our pro-positive mission is simple: Optimistic Vibe inspires the fish to do the things that ignite their passion by bringing their dream to life in the workplace.
I Believe, I Dream, and I Belong to the ideals in you that say, ”Yes, let’s gather hands and make a difference in the world.” Together we can ask Why Not, Dream, and inspire Progress. Together we are going to stand on the shoulders of America’s Greatest Generation and inspire America’s creative fish to climb their tree with passion.