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“If you’re polite and if you read…”

“If you’re polite and if you read, I think you’ve got the first 75 steps down the path to success.” –Tom Peters Be kind. Be curious. Love and knowledge. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” –Bertrand Russell

Baffled, amazed, undone

“If we are not sometimes baffled and amazed and undone by the world around us, rendered speechless and stunned, perhaps we are not paying close enough attention.” –Ben Marcus Perhaps we are sleepwalking through life, trudging obliviously through the pattern we’ve grooved and smoothed to protect ourselves from the unevenness, from the surprises of reality. […]

It’s all about relationships

I somewhat randomly clicked on this TED Talk by Harvard researcher Robert Waldinger this week. He has carried on the research in one of the longest running research projects of its kind, the Harvard Study of Adult Development. For more than 75 years data has been collected that has led to some clear answers about what […]

MLK and the long arc of the moral universe

 This is a fitting day to reflect on a couple of profound thoughts from Dr. King. The first is on Apple’s home page today:  And this one offers credible hope when the future appears dismal:  “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No matter […]

Spread love. Pursue truth. Be awesome.

This was the closing challenge I offered in my speech to college students last week. It’s distilled from this Bertrand Russell quotation: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” –Bertrand Russell The “Be awesome” part is redundant, I know. If you’re spreading love and pursuing truth, you can’t help but […]

The only people for me

“…the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…” […]


The big picture provides perspective. Regularly seeing yourself in the context of the universe—just how small and insignificant you really are—will nudge you back off the ledge. You are unique. There has never been and will never be another you. Be the best expression of you you can be. But you are just an infinitesimally small […]

See for yourself

“Place no head above your own.” –The Buddha Don’t believe something because someone says to believe.   Use your own head.  See for yourself.  Follow reason.  Discard what doesn’t hold up to honest inquiry.  Pursue truth, no matter the cost. 

Lawrence of Arabia on happiness

I’m with Lawrence on this. There’s even research showing that we are most consistently happy when we are lost in a moment, when our minds don’t wander and flit from one distraction to another. What triggers a flow state for you? Can you make that happen more often?  More happiness is there to be tapped, […]

Your path

“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” –Joseph Campbell Excellent. 

Small mercies

The power of low expectations and the joy of “small mercies”: “I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am […]

Busy Saturday

“BEWARE THE BARRENNESS OF A BUSY LIFE. —Socrates” My busy Saturday today centers around two key commitments with my daughters: the pool this afternoon and the movie Tomorrowland tonight. I might squeeze in some reading if I find some down time. This is my kind of packed schedule. 

Choose kind 

My 7-year-old daughter came by my office after school on Tuesday. It’s the last week of school, and she was lively and lighthearted and spent some time, as usual, writing on the whiteboard in my office. When I left work I noticed she had written this on the board:  “When given a choice to be […]

Einstein: Have holy curiosity

“Don’t think about why you question, simply don’t stop questioning. Don’t worry about what you can’t answer, and don’t try to explain what you can’t know. Curiosity is its own reason. Aren’t you in awe when you contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure behind reality? And this is the miracle […]

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