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 interests. Academics are a piece of that. It took me a few years, but I’ve come to embrace the idea that there are multiple intelligences.”

– Neil DeGrasse Tyson, on appreciating many kinds of talent (


2. Teamwork

“Certain norms have been destroyed, and individuals in society are now creating the norms-it’s not something that is dictated down to us. We are living in a science fiction world [with] this idea of diversity, of defining our strength by working together as a team.”

– George Takei, on the interest in his new project, ‘Allegiance‘ (


3. Fearless Leading

“We admire individuals who are willing to tell the truth and point out the elephant in the room. Often, when no one is else is willing to do it, the first person that is brave and confident enough to confront the situation gains the influence to become the leader.”

– Edgar Papke, “Three Essential Traits for Leaders Confronting Conflicts” (


4. Are You Happy?

“Questions about happiness generally assume that we know what a happy life looks like. Happiness is understood to be a matter of having a great many ducks lined up in a row — spouse, offspring, private property, erotic experiences — even though a millisecond of reflection will bring to mind countless people who have all those things and are still miserable.”

– Rebecca Solnit, “The Mother of All Questions” (Harper’s)


5. Get Outside

“In every city that we’ve studied…immersion in green spaces, even if it’s only really brief, just a couple of minutes of sitting on a bench, has a remarkable effect not only on your mood but also on how you pay attention. And your physiological stress levels, they just drop through the floor. It’s a really profound effect.”

– Colin Ellard, “How Science May Help Us Be Happier in Our Cities” (


6. Owning Success

“It’s kind of amazing how insidious imposter syndrome can be…Saying things like ‘luck and timing!’ are often excuses or justifications we make [to] explain away our successes.”
– Andrea Hangst, on her career as an NFL analyst (Rookie magazine)



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