Two types of faces were on the rink. One showed sheer joy — a young man who had worked and toiled and then triumphed unexpectedly. The other type was the veteran champion, who had suffered his first loss, but marveled when he saw what it took to beat him.
On February 22, 1980, the United States beat the Russian hockey team in what many have called the “miracle on ice.” The Russians had beaten the Americans 13 days earlier by a score of 10 to 3. The Russian team consisted of veterans who had rarely lost in 20 years. …
Most people want to lead but aren’t sure how to start. It’s easy to wake up, start the day, and then get whisked off into the current of mediocrity. At some point, we get so caught up in keeping our head above water that we don’t have time to think about how we could improve or influence the lives of others in order to help them.
It turns out it’s easy to influence others. There are simple skills that we can learn in a few minutes that can instantly improve our ability to lead effectively. …
“You have to read this book I just checked out from the library,” my wife said.
My wife’s last two book recommendations were The Martian and Orphan X. I loved them both. But I don’t read fiction much, as I read all day as a lawyer and have a stack of nonfiction books waiting for me to find time between being a husband, dad, lawyer, producer, writer, and professor. But when she mentioned a new recommendation, she had my attention.
“I just read the book to the kids. They loved it. You really need to read it. …
Dave Eubank had come from a missionary family, but he didn’t feel called to be a missionary. Instead, he joined the military and eventually became an Army Ranger. Dave became a warrior.
After he left the military, though, he received a call. People in the country of Burma needed help — food, medicine, and other supplies.
He decided to help. He proposed to his girlfriend. Then he took a one-way trip to Burma with his new bride. He arrived with the supplies to a war-damaged jungle where people were dying.
“We’re here to help. Everything we have is yours.”
Dave stopped fighting and dedicated his entire life to help the people in Burma. At first, it was food and medicine. Over time he learned they needed more though. …
The first time I cried in public came upon me suddenly. I walked up the stairs of the balcony of a church well before the service started. I was alone. Well, nearly alone. One other person was sitting down near the front of the balcony. He was bald, with dark hair encircling a shiny dome, and a dark mustache. He cleared his throat recognizably.
It was my father.
When I saw him, a thought came to me that I never had before. At some point, my father would be gone. My time with him was finite. …
I had been running for 28 minutes and 36 seconds.
28 minutes and 46 seconds.
28 minutes and 51 seconds.
52. 53. 54. 55. 56.
Then I collapsed, a few hundred feet from my house. I kneeled with one knee on the ground, at the corner of a country road and a subdivision.
I looked down at my watch: 28:56. I had done something that people told me I would never do. I had done something that seemed impossible 15 years earlier.
If I had a cigar, I would have lit it. And I don’t even smoke cigars. …
An older man sat down next to a younger man on an airplane. They had never met.
After a few moments of silence, the older man made a proposition to the younger man. He asked the younger man to steal something for him. In exchange for the stolen item, the younger man would receive a sum of one million dollars.
The younger man initially was offended, but when he heard the amount, he listened carefully. He became excited at the prospect of becoming a millionaire overnight. He agreed to the man’s offer. …
I was sitting on a chair in a senior partner’s office. It was my first week as a bona fide lawyer at a big firm. I was dressed to impress. I had my yellow pad ready. I was prepared to practice law.
I listened as the partner explained a huge project. I wanted to be a part of it. It seemed interesting and challenging, and I was excited to help. After what seemed like entirely way too long, the partner stopped, looked me directly in the eye and asked me a question. He stopped talking and waited. …
“There goes Jeff Bezos,” a man said.
Comedian Kevin Hart was in a room with well-known and successful business owners and individuals.
Then, Jeff Bezos walked in.
Instantly, Kevin said to his friend, “I’m going to go say what’s up to him. I would love to pick his brain. That’s an interesting individual.”
His friend said, “Don’t do that! Why do you want to do that? Don’t look like the dude that’s thirsty.”
“Just chill. Just relax,” the friend repeated.
What do you do when you meet someone more successful than you?
Do you relax? Do you tighten up?
Kevin Hart had to choose how he would react when he was in the presence of someone massively more successful than him. …
One of my favorite parts of working from home right now is that I spend way more time with my kids.
But with that joy comes a problem: I am spending way more time with my kids.
Just last night, I gave two of our young children a bath. Normally, my wife does bath time, because, well — she’s just better at it. My wife can get four kids clean in 15 minutes. After 20 minutes under my watch, one child was screaming and a fist-fight was about to break out in the tub.
Fortunately, I have a great partner who is responsible and shares in the joy (and problems). …