The Importance of Making Your Bed

A few years ago, retired Navy Seal and Admiral William McRaven offered grads at the University of Texas at Austin some advice on changing the world, including not underestimating the number of people whose lives will be affected by theirs……and the importance of starting every day by making your bed properly (no kidding).   Click here for the video and transcript of the […]

What to Unlearn After Graduation

Not everything learned in the warm cocoon of the academy is helpful and can even backfire in the real world.  In this two-minute video, Ms. Welch identifies five lessons graduating seniors must UNLEARN immediately after college to be successful. Helpful advice before the first day on the job! 

Will You be Lucky or Smart?

This 12 minute 2012 Commencement Address at Princeton is one of my favorites. Author Michael Lewis warns his audience not to overestimate their competence, or underestimate the role of luck, in their lives…and by way of illustration relates the chance encounter at a dinner party that launched his own remarkable career, and the moral obligation to share a little […]

The Gift of Grit

From the TED Site: “Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.”    Spend […]

Would You Hide Warren Buffett?

This video gem features legendary investor Warren Buffet’s advice for “Happiness and the Meaning of Life” including knowing the answer to the question, “would you hide me?” Also worth your time are Mr. Buffet’s thoughts about “The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others.”     You’re terminally unique. Be the best version of yourself that you can.

The Algebra of Wealth…and Life

The great American playwright Tennessee Williams once remarked that “You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it.” The great advantage of youth is you have time to build the wealth that provides for a comfortable old age. NYU professor and “No Mercy, No Malice” blog author, Dr. Scot Galloway has […]

The Two Types of Future Employees

I’m reposting what I consider to be a profoundly important article about the future of the workplace. It begins by warning “It’s time to face a tough truth: we might have emotionally healthier employees in the future, but they may not have a place to be employed.” This article from Chief Executive Magazine suggests that […]

“Handling Hard Better”

Sometimes people think that life is like the weather. If it’s bad, I just have to wait until the clouds part. Sadly, life is not like the weather. Duke Women’s Head Basketball Coach Kara Lawson knows this and offers a warning, and wisdom, to her players in this three minute video about the need to “handle hard […]

Fortune and Misfortune: A Two-Minute Lesson

I believe that much of the quality of our lives lies less in what happens to us, and more in how we choose to interpret and react to events. Dr. Scott Galloway of “No Mercy, No Malice” blog fame once remarked that his experience had taught him that “Nothing is as good or as bad as it […]

Want to make a difference? You already have!

Young people graduating and heading for the world want to make a difference. Congratulations!  They already have (and so have you). We tend to think of history in terms of its great moments: kings, queens, battles, great inventions, and discoveries. But important as these are, much of our lives and our collective history are dictated by […]