The Cynical Optimists

A fly on the wall insight into the wild and weird minds of both Brian and Owen!

This much awaited book is an unapologetically candid exploration of how both Brian Colbert and Owen Fitzpatrick, two highly accomplished and successful Self-Help Authors, Therapists and Master Trainers of NLP handle their everyday frustrations.

This is both hard hitting and Humorous!

The notion of Cynical Optimism came from the frustration that Brian and Owen felt about what they perceive to be a lack of authenticity in the world of personal improvement. Glib anecdotes and quotes on how to be happy posted through Social Media may grab your attention and lift your spirit momentarily but they do little else.

Behavioural Change and improvement requires a lot more attention and some more depth, not as much as you might think, but a little more than what is propagated through Social Media at the moment.

‘’We have learned a few things on the way which we would love to share with you!’’

This book does not claim to have all the answers to life’s woes but instead Brian & Owen offer their knowledge and their experience of working on themselves in times of challenge from what they know.

Both Brian and Owen claim that if you bring your sense of humour to the table and if you refuse to take everything at face value and remain a little cynical but also open enough to remain positive and optimistic you will most always find a way.

The talk therapies can be useful but there is no replacement for action. Action is king!

The Cynical Optimists

‘’Come join us and become part of The Cynical Optimists Cult!’’

Cynical Optimism calls for the reader to challenge accepted norms and not to rest until you find solutions that fit you as the unique person you are.
Brian and Owen suggest is that you listen as much as you question and to refuse to take things at face value but not in a negative way. To do it in a healthy way, to remain open, positive and optimistic and you will find your own brand of self-help, self-recovery and mental fortitude.

‘’As recovering Neurotics and part-time Narcissists YOU need to hear our story!’’

In this book you are invited to walk through the darker and more vulnerable corridors of Brian and Owens experience with the aim of demonstrating that it is their humanity that allows them to get through.

Life is S##t you know it and we know it but…

Brian and Owen also acknowledge that life can be tough, but it is your capacity to handle the challenges head on—with cynicism and a healthy sense of humour—that allows you to reach deep within and unleash a powerful energy with which can turn things around.

This is no ordinary Self Help Book!

The Book itself is divided into 10 chapters (excluding the Pre-Chapter).

Pre-Chapter: We are your Gurus
Chapter 1: Feeling Vulnerable
Chapter 2: Feeling Anxious
Chapter 3: Feeling Sad
Chapter 4: Feeling Guilty
Chapter 5: Feeling Lonely
Chapter 6: Feeling Overwhelmed
Chapter 7: Feeling Not Good Enough
Chapter 8: Feeling Uncertain
Chapter 9: Feeling Stuck
Chapter 10: Feeling Angry
Finale: Your Outcome is our Income

The Cynical Optimists best rules for living ever!

Each topic is introduced and covered at first to a larger degree by either Brian or Owen in a relatively formal manner. In it the reader is offered unique insights, tools, tips and strategies for use.
Following that each chapter is closed off with transcripts of recorded discussions/debates by both Brian and Owen as to how they apply what they know to their own personal circumstances.
The book acts as a fly on the wall approach to very deep personal conversations of two experts in the field of Self Help.

Buy the book and convince us that we are your Gurus!
This is our last chance to convince ourselves that our life is meaningful please feel free to buy the book out of sympathy for us. Are you ready to have some Fun!

In case you haven’t heard …we’re awesome!

Brian Colbert
Brian Colbert is regarded as one of the leading consultants in the area of Personal Growth and Corporate Development in Europe today. He is a Licensed Master Trainer of NLP, a qualified Social Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Hypno-Analyst and best-selling author. Brian has produced substantial results for some of giants of the business sector, such as Pepsi, Google, Salesforce, O2 and CRH. He has extensive experience in the media, providing interviews, programs & segments on RTE, TV3, Today FM and countless other broadcasters at home and abroad.

He has trained executives from Dell, Microsoft, Vodafone, Oracle, German Ministry of Defence, Maribor University, Red Cross and many more.
Brian has released two best-selling books - “The Happiness Habit” and “From Ordinary to Extraordinary”, both of which have been translated into a number of different languages worldwide.

His ground-breaking hypnotic app ‘Digipill’ has surpassed 2 million downloads worldwide, winning many awards and topping Apple’s Health & Fitness Chart in several countries across the world.

Brian is founder of The International Association of Mind Coaches which advocates and promotes the regulation of Mind Coaching to the highest ethical and professional standards.

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Books published to date include
The Happiness Habit, Gill Books 2010
From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Gill Books 2012

Owen Fitzpatrick
Owen Fitzpatrick is a Globetrotting Psychologist, International Bestselling author and one of the most sought after thought leaders in the area of Leadership and Influence. Owen has shared the stage with speakers Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Jean Claude Van Damme and Dr Richard Bandler (co-creator of NLP) and has been hired by Billionaires, Olympic athletes as well as the big names in the Corporate sector. Owen has authored 6 books which have been translated into more than 15 languages. Having co-founded the Irish Institute of NLP in 2001 with Brian Colbert, Owen combines his expertise in a multitude of disciplines to speak and train people to communicate with impact.

Having studied Strategic Negotiation in HBS and Communication and Influence in MIT and having been coached by the media coach for Bill Clinton: Michael Sheehan, Owen understands influence, charisma and the power of language and storytelling to persuade and motivate others like very few people on the planet. His travels have taken him to visiting off-the-beaten-track countries such as North Korea and Afghanistan in his studies on propaganda and beliefs and he has met Indian gurus, South American Shaman and thought leaders across the world in understanding how we think, make decisions and motivate ourselves and others.

Owen’s TEDx talk has been viewed by more than 600K people and his YouTube videos have been seen by more than 400K. Owen has created a number of online training courses such as the Online Charisma Training Academy and Online Time Mastery as well as e-learning courses for a number of high profile companies. Also, an award-winning actor and filmmaker, Owen has had a play produced around Ireland and his short films have been screened in festivals in Europe and America. He has presented his own primetime television show for more than two years on RTE ONE, Irelands national television channel. He has a unique insight into what brings about world class performance and influential leadership.

Owen brings together the cutting-edge research in Psychology, work in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Behavioural Economics, to share the keys to brilliant influence in an engaging, entertaining and highly enjoyable way leaving his audience educated, enhanced and inspired.

Books published to date include
Not Enough Hours, Poolbeg Press Ltd 2009
The Charismatic Edge, Gill Books 2013
Richard Bandler, Owen Fitzpatrick
Conversations, Health Communications 2009
Memories, Mysterious Publications 2014
Richard Bandler, Owen Fitzpatrick, Alessio Roberti
The Ultimate Introduction to NLP, HarperCollins 2013
How to Take Charge of Your Life, HarperCollins 2014