Courage is the quality which guarantees all others.
— Winston Churchill
I'm not funny. What I am is brave!
― Lucille Ball
These quotes have transcended everyday inspirational sayings to become professional and personal mantras for how I live life. There are so many qualities and characteristics we all strive to embody in our lives, but our ability to succeed depends on how brave we are willing to be, how much courage we can muster in the face of fear and uncertainty, to grow through challenges, to trust our instincts and to practice kindness with ourselves when we inevitably fall down, so we can get back up and continue to be the person we know ourselves to be.
Zach Ward, speaker and Chief Optimist of YesAndLife, has consulted and delivered programs internationally for clients including Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Comcast, Fidelity, AdWerx, Biogen, GSK, Scynexis, Citrix, Old Navy, YMCA and Habitat for Humanity. Zach has developed a deeply-rooted passion for applied improvisation over the last 20 years, and, for more than a decade, an obsession with compassion, empathy, organizational psychology and business. In addition to speaking, corporate training, and team building, Zach provides professional event support for customers all across the country. He practices “Yes, And” with his clients, his partner Emily and with their 5 year-old son, every day.