Tag: Success


Science, Success and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include?appreciating a variety of talents, strength and bravery in teamwork, the challenge of looking for happiness, nature’s calming powers and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Countless Talents “Who am I to judge others for not doing this, if they are doing something else that is valued by society? Society and culture are the sum of everyone’s talents and......

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Wilderness, Joy and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include Helena Bonham Carter’s capacity for having fun, the lessons learned from failure, a childhood spent in the Mojave desert, our ever-changing sense of “self,” new understandings of what makes a place holy… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Here Comes the Sun “Once you’re through the suffering bit, you can see life with a sense of proportion......

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Science, Roadblocks and MTV: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Aug. 31-Sept. 4), we discussed the walls people put up to feel safe, the myth that failures are negative setbacks, the challenge of finding gun violence solutions, the pop culture spectacle distracting a generation, a religious freedom controversy… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Gift of Recognizing What’s In Your Way?- Rachel Barenblat As an MFA student at Bennington many years ago, I had a poetry mentor named Jason Shinder who used to say,......

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Failure Is, in Fact, Always an Option

The world of psychology was recently shaken to its core. Since science is based on testing and retesting hypotheses, several researchers sought to replicate some of the key findings from three prestigious journals, on topics like free will, emotional closeness and finding a romantic partner. Rather than finding that additional studies confirmed these hypotheses, these researchers found that less than half were replicated successfully. As reported in the New York Times: “The vetted studies were considered part of the core knowledge by which scientists understand the dynamics of personality, relationships, learning and......

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How 'Birdman' Proves Money Isn't Everything

You may already know that Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu’s film Birdman – named Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards – is the second-lowest-grossing movie to ever win that award. Meanwhile, as Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris mentioned, of the roughly $650 million in box office from all films nominated this year in that category, $320 million of that was earned by American Sniper. What can we learn about our relationship with Hollywood, its attitude toward moviegoers, and even about our own lives from all this? Quite a lot, actually. I suppose the......

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Some People Need to 'Stay Weird' to Stay Alive

When I was 16, I tried to kill myself.” As one who lost a beloved relative to suicide almost exactly one year ago to the day, I was moved more than I can say by those words, uttered so gently and so sincerely by The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore as he accepted his Academy Award. Moore’s words touched hearts and minds across the nation, and around the world. How could they not? Coupled with his advice, for anyone who feels so odd or out of place that life seems unlivable, to......

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Finding the Joy in Your Job

How excited are you about your job? Watch this recent clip of Boston weather reporter Jim Cantore experiencing repeated strikes of “thundersnow” and you’ll see an adult expressing childlike zeal about his job assignment in a way that can’t help but make you smile. How often does a Weather Channel segment go viral like this one has? I’d never even heard of “thundersnow,” and I know nothing about being a meteorologist, but I sure want to have whatever this man is having. While it’s possible that all the white powder falling around......

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Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg See the Future?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at the University of Michigan recently to give the 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. A U.S. Supreme Court justice of more than 20 years, Ginsburg talked about topics ranging from gender equality to campaign financing to family life, as well as her nickname, Notorious RBG (a play on the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.). In discussing her most memorable cases – impassioned dissents that helped pave the way for prohibiting racial discrimination in voting, and banning employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender and national origin – one......

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A Deep Dive into 'Shark Tank'

On Shark Tank, the ABC reality show, inventors pitch their ideas to multimillionaire venture capitalists, in hopes of striking a lucrative partnership. As with most “reality” TV, Shark Tank is problematic; as a series about new businesses, this particular iteration sacrifices serious investment and entrepreneurial lessons for entertainment. It also probably gives viewers a vicarious thrill: either winning a capitalist lottery, or deciding someone’s fate. This “emotionally rich” experience surely deflects (and diffuses) people’s anger at crony capitalism and an economic system rigged against them. But even a manipulative reality show sometime......

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On the Lookout for Harper Lee's Follow-up Novel

It’s been more than 50 years since the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee’s only novel, until now. In a surprise announcement, a “new” work by Lee (about Scout Finch as an adult, and her aging father, Atticus) will be published by HarperCollins this July. Lee hasn’t been suffering from a half-century long writer’s block; nor, apparently, was the 88-year-old author holding out on us. The novel, Go Set A Watchman, was only recently discovered by Lee’s lawyer. The author – living with the debilitating effects of a 2007......

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