From The Washington Post: Without talking about politics or policy, without getting into race or class, red or blue, the Obamas set a remarkable standard for personal decency and civility during their years as our first family.
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.
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.”
“As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.” — Eckhart Tolle
From Skeptic.com: 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.”
From Fast Company: Self-help and personal development are big business, but lasting change doesn’t come as quickly and easily as we’ve been led to believe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From ADDitude: Six artists, thinkers, and entrepreneurs with attention deficit share their personal stories of taking the road less traveled to find their niche — and success.
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.
From Marc Hemeon on medium.com: 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.
From Inc: Nope, vulnerability isn’t a sign of weakness, says researcher Brené Brown. Instead, vulnerability is the absolute prerequisite for ‘badassery.’ Yes, badassery.