Apr 7, 2013

Keep Swimming

Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel . . . in both directions. Now she would swim from Catalina Island to the California Coast. The year was 1952. The day was dense with fog. The cold water was numbing. Florence could hardly see. She could hear...Read more +
Mar 31, 2013

Power of Perspective

A friend of mine was dissatisfied with his job and the company he worked for. He felt mistreated, underused . . . and his anger simmered. But that was years ago. Today my friend works for the same company—even has the same job—but he loves it. What made the difference?...Read more +
Mar 24, 2013

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Golfer Y. E. Yang has scored two firsts. He was first to defeat Tiger Woods in a major golf tournament when Tiger held the lead going into the final day. And he was the first Asian ever to win one of pro golf's majors. When asked how he handled the...Read more +
Mar 17, 2013

What Hath God Wrought?

“What hath God wrought?” That question from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, was the first official message tapped on the first telegraph in May 1844. Long-distance communication has changed dramatically since dots, dashes, and Bible phrases. I don’t know that anyone recorded the first text message or the first twitter “tweet.”...Read more +
Mar 7, 2013

Build a Bridge

A farmer and his neighbor argued over a wandering cow. The neighbor stomped off—and the farmer kept his neighbor's cow. The two men quit speaking to each other. The neighbor then took his tractor and turned the pond that the men shared into a stream dividing their farms. The farmer...Read more +
Mar 3, 2013


A recent study by sociologist, Scott Coltran claims that when parents do chores at home alongside their children, the children cooperate better at school. They understand that in a group, everyone plays a part. And the child feels his own work is more important. This picture of a parent and...Read more +
Feb 17, 2013

Who Remembers Our Work

Dr. Charley Gordon is a brain surgeon and author of In Plain Sight . One day, walking the halls of UCLA Medical Center, he spotted a worn, black-and-white photo of the hospital’s founding fathers. Near it was a sticky note: "If you can identify any of these people, call Marge...Read more +
Feb 10, 2013

Even the Details of Your Work Have Meaning

A friend of mine grew up in a great foster family. As an adult, she wanted to know about her earlier childhood with abusive parents—and looked up her files. That's when a surprising hero emerged. Years before, meeting after meeting, the caseworker had typed meticulous reports. Caseworkers are often overworked...Read more +
Feb 3, 2013

The Impossible Ship

Just before World War II, America was precariously low on cargo ships. Henry Kaiser , an industrialist, had never built ships, but that didn't deter him. He called for an “impossibility conference” to address every reason why he shouldn’t build ships now. What happened? As participants examined each reason not...Read more +
Jan 27, 2013

Check Up on Yourself

One day a boy walked into a drugstore and asked to use the phone. He dialed a number and said, "Dr. Brown, do you need a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?" He listened, then said, "Oh, you have a boy you like? All right, thank you." When...Read more +