Michael Gentry

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Nelson Mandela’s Moving Inaugural Address and Timeless Wisdom from His Autobiography

We may have lost <b>Nelson Mandela</b> (July 18, 1918–December 5, 2013), unequaled patron saint of equality, peace, and human rights, but his spirit remains forever with us — a spirit that not only changed political history, but also tirelessly elevated humanity into a higher version of itself.<p>In his …

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Will Durant observed in summarizing Aristotle. <i>“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,”</i> William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits …

Kurt Vonnegut on the Secret of Happiness: An Homage to Joseph Heller’s Wisdom

<i>“Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough,”</i> John Green advised aspiring writers. <i>“If you worship money and things … then you will never have enough. Never</i> …

Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom”

Alan Lightman’s superb recent meditation on science and religion reminded me of a 2009 Bill Moyers conversation with legendary primatologist Jane Goodall, in which the celebrated scientist contemplates the question of science and spirit — a question previously pondered by such great minds as …

John Updike on How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things Aspiring Writers Should Know

In 2004, shortly after winning the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, <b>John Updike</b> — who had also won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal, among countless other accolades — gave an interview for the Academy of Achievement to discuss …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

<i>“When you trust people to help you, they often do,”</i> Amanda Palmer asserted in her beautiful meditation on the art of asking without shame. But what does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and …

Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far: Sagmeister’s Typographic Maxims on Life, Updated

About a decade ago, Stefan Sagmeister, one of the most celebrated and influential designers of our time, began keeping a running list of life-learnings in his diary. Eventually, he translated these private thoughts into a series of typographic artworks and public installations at the intersection …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

What Makes People Compelling

What makes a winning personality? How can some people walk into a room and instantly entrance everyone into a state of amicable submission? What makes someone like Carl Sagan at once so beloved and so respected? That’s precisely what communications strategists <b>John Neffinger</b> and <b>Matthew Kohut</b>, who …