Solidarity, Rivalry 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 extending solidarity and compassion beyond the victims of terrorism in France, elevating with collaboration, rivalry driving motivation, the power of humility and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.


1. Solidarity for all victims

“Westerners are finally being given just a small taste of the constant fear that people from other nations have endured for generations. So solidarity with, and compassion for, the French is a good thing. But solidarity and compassion for the victims of terrorism everywhere is even better.”

– Chris Graham, “Our Vulnerability, and Our Selective Outrage” (


2. Success with collaboration

“The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter, that’s proven… We elevate each other. And two, it’s enormously gratifying because you can build things so much bigger than yourself.”

– Lin Manuel Miranda, on creating his Broadway hit Hamilton (Smithsonian magazine)


3. Motivating rivalry

“Rivalry [is] a relationship characterized by repeated competitive encounters… Rivalries provide the opportunity for the competitors to develop an ongoing narrative, making each side’s rival an integral part of their own history and so, inevitably, part of their future.”

– Alex Fradera, “Rivalries Can Make You Reckless” (BPS Research Digest)


4. The power of humility

“Humble people shift their focus from taking to giving, from talking about themselves to listening to others, from hoarding the credit to deflecting the praise, and from being a ‘know-it-all’ to knowing there’s so much more in life worth learning.”

– Frank Sonnenberg, “The Hidden Power of Humility” (


5. Religion in China

“For a generation of only children, this camaraderie can act as a strong draw, particularly when students are thrust into a new city with little family support. This was the case for Zhang, who joined a Christian congregation as an undergraduate. She was so overwhelmed by the ‘immense kindness’ of fellow believers that it made her feel like she had a new family.”

– Yuan Ren, “Finding God in China” (Prospect magazine)


6. Meaning in work

“A person may have a neglectful manager. The pay might be marginal. The hours might be rough… Through all of it, most employees will still find meaning in their work. That says something profound about the reasons why people work.”

– Rodd Wagner, “Why Meaningful Work Trumps Money” (Fast Company)



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