After Donald Trump was elected president, Aaron Sorkin wrote this letter to his daughter

From Vanity Fair: The Oscar-winning screen­writer of The Social Network and master­mind behind The West Wing reacts to Donald Trump being elected the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States in a moving letter written to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy and her mother Julia Sorkin. · Go to After Donald Trump was elected pres­i­dent, Aaron Sorkin wrote this letter to his daughter →

A new territory of maturity: Updating our stories to enhance our lives

From Change This: In those endless years it took you to grow out of child­hood and stand on your own two feet, you learned about the world in doses. Some of what you learned (and thought you under­stood) has evolved over time with added expe­ri­ence, but some of the discov­eries you made and the stories you constructed around them as a child, even as young as three, have stayed the same, child-like and unchanged, no matter how many years have passed.


That’s living life in the past, seeing the world around you through a child’s eyes in a child’s story. You’ve been walking around in kid’s sneakers and they’re much too small for you. Here’s how to fit your­self out with good pair of hiking boots to go the distance.” · Go to A new terri­tory of matu­rity: Updating our stories to enhance our lives →

Sam Harris on “free will”

From Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times best­sellers, The Moral Land­scape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Chris­tian Nation. His new book is short (96 pages), to the point, and will change the way we all view free will, as Oliver Sacks wrote: “Bril­liant and witty—and never less than incisive—Free Will shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000.” UCSD neuro­sci­en­tist V.S. Ramachan­dran notes: “In this elegant and provoca­tive book, Sam Harris demonstrates—with great intel­lec­tual ferocity and panache—that free will is an inher­ently flawed and inco­herent concept, even in subjec­tive terms. If he is right, the book will radi­cally change the way we view ourselves as human beings.” · Go to Sam Harris on “free will” →

Future you: The owner’s manual

From Change This: Over the next few years, you will expe­ri­ence up to 100 trans­for­ma­tive moments every year. 100 moments yearly that may or may not deter­mine the future, but will most certainly reveal your future. Your future reveals itself only after you choose how you will face every disrup­tion and oppor­tu­nity that comes your way.

What goes into your choices — your beliefs, uncon­scious biases, values and emotions — drives every situ­a­tion as much as any disrup­tion that is thrown at you. The future is personal. · Go to Future you: The owner’s manual →

BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a pallia­tive care physi­cian at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a digni­fied, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big ques­tions about how we think on death and honor life. · Go to BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life →

Daniel Pink’s required reading

From strategy+business: For the better part of two decades, Daniel Pink has been skew­ering conven­tional busi­ness wisdom and trans­forming complex ideas into prac­tical approaches that his readers can put to work imme­di­ately. A best-selling author, popular speaker, and one of the world’s leading manage­ment thinkers, Pink is a prac­ti­tioner of what has become — in no small part through the skill with which he plies his trade — a familiar format on the busi­ness book­shelf: the appli­ca­tion of behav­ioral research to the world of work. · Go to Daniel Pink’s required reading →

17 rules for controlling ADHD emotions

From Edward Hallowell: ADHDers find it hard to control their emotions and moods. If we don’t under­stand how our emotions affect our lives, and we don’t have ways to rein them in, our days can turn into a roller-coaster ride. We all need to be aware of our emotional trig­gers — and develop strate­gies to avoid pulling them — so that we can stay on an even keel. · Go to 17 rules for control­ling ADHD emotions →

Brian Williams and the state of public shaming

From Vulture: As Brian Williams now knows, the scale and speed of public shaming has changed. As jour­nalist Jon Ronson knows, Williams is just the latest to suffer a highly visible flog­ging. In his upcoming book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Ronson explores stories of indi­vid­uals (e.g., Bob Dylan–quote fabu­list Jonah Lehrer, scan­dalous tweeter Justine Sacco) who trans­gressed, were widely scolded, and then punished — quickly and severely. · Go to Brian Williams and the state of public shaming →

How to be nice

From Marc Hemeon on I was standing in line, buying some roma toma­toes and serrano peppers to make Hemeon Famous Salsa, when out of nowhere the person in front me allowed me to check-out ahead of them. I was surprised and impressed. Polite gestures are easy to do and make a real differ­ence in the happi­ness of others. · Go to How to be nice →