Audio Archives

Bruce Springsteen
Entertainer Bruce Springsteen’s music has always dignified the ordinary circumstances of life. He told The New York Times , “I felt that I saw a nobility in people. Not the kind you read in the storybooks, but the kind where people go to work every day, they come home every...Read more +

God's Perspective on Your Work
Lisa did not enjoy her work. She should—it involved many of the things she liked to do. But just … no joy. Meanwhile, jobs were scarce, and she knew she should be grateful for twice-monthly paychecks. Meanwhile, one more thing: Lisa began to find time every morning to pray. Nothing...Read more +

Small Change
In 2003, Hong Kong had an outbreak of SARS—a severe and sometimes deadly form of viral pneumonia. No doubt you read about it. So what saved Hong Kong’s health? One dramatic step made the most difference—hand washing. Soap and water under a faucet. And what did all that hand-washing accomplish?...Read more +

Find Your Center
Carl Pendleton, a three-year starter for the University of Oklahoma football team, gave up his final year of eligibility. He did it to pursue graduate school and to care for his ten-year-old adopted brother, for whom he assumed guardianship. Pendleton said, "With the new responsibility of raising my younger brother,...Read more +

Must Be Present to Win
At the company's weekly staff meeting, Jenny was determined to stand up and stand out. All night she worked on her report. Every page, every title, every bullet point had to impress. When Jenny finally crawled into bed, she was near exhaustion, and so she slept … right through her...Read more +

Geniuses Define Genius
A well-known writer named Wilford Funk loved words. He wrote multiple books to help people increase their word power. Once, to understand the idea of "genius," he researched to see how geniuses themselves defined the word. The pianist Paderewski said, "Before I was a genius, I was a drudge." Alexander...Read more +

The Tutor
Sherry was a tutor, hired to review grammar with 10-year-old Bobby in the hospital burn unit. The unit shocked her, and the boy was hard to look at. But she stayed, taught verbs and adverbs, and the next day, she forced herself to return. On her second visit, the nurses...Read more +

Respect Lessons of the Past
Pulitzer prizewinning historian David McCullough loves history and loves quotations about history. He peppers his speeches with sayings such as: “Why is it that no one listens when history repeats itself?” and “Past things shed light on future ones.” And “The only new thing in the world is the history...Read more +

Execute the Last Order Received
In storms of crisis, Joe was a haven of calm. When projects went wrong … when upper management was out of reach … Joe held the course. A team member asked Joe his secret. He said: "In the Army, I served in a Cavalry Regiment. And we had a saying...Read more +

Life Doesn't Card You at the Door
When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was only 33 years old. When Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanac , he was 26. At age 18, Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein . Isaac Newton was 25 when he formulated the law of gravity. But wait. Emanuel Kant wrote...Read more +