A New Way (A Better Way) to, ugh,

"Change the world!" is such a clich?. But so what? The world needs changing! Badly. Desperately. In so many ways. But how do we do it? Dan Pallotta explains how. If you truly want change the world – and not just talk about it – start by listening to this must-view TED Talk for anyone serious about doing something big, important and good.

Which is YOUR favorite?

All make me feel better, happier and motivated to do something special and great, too. http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-world-isnt-such-a-bad-place

Understand It! Accept It!

Man! I wish I totally understood this what-it-takes great truth when I was 16: To do something well, to do practically anything successfully, it’s going to take WAY longer and be WAY harder than you think. Realize it. Accept it. Battle through it. Love, love, love this article! Jason Pargin (AKA David Wong) says it so brutally well. Should be required reading for every high school student (and adult) aspiring to do… anything. http://www.cracked.com/article_18544_how-the-karate-kid-ruined-modern-world.html

The Most Underrated, Underused Website

Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" ought to be mandatory – required reading for anyone over 15. What-It-Takes is about immersion into a high quality universe, and that's exactly where I feel I am whenever I read or listen to Keillor's fresh, insightful takes on historical events and the lives of writers. Pretty much every day, there will be a sentence or paragraph that startles me with its profoundness. A thought that makes me think: – "Jane Austen said, 'A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.' " Really? Jane Austin?! – "She (Margaret Mead) said that Samoan girls did not go through the same tortured teenaged years as girls in the United States did, and she su

The Greatest Paragraph Ever Written

The best paragraph ever? It could be this one: "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." – Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, 2nd Century BCE That's right. This was written 2,200 years ago! Until I read it, I was prejudiced against the past. I used to believe that the people of today were so much smarter than people of yesterday. No more. Profoun