Business Insider recently aggregated the results of a Reddit survey and identified the top 20 reasons why being labeled gifted is a positive thing and the top 19 reasons why it is a negative thing. It makes for pretty interesting reading. Check out the details at the links below. Read more
“‘It’s quite flattering,’ replied Sir Winston. ‘But whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.’”
- Winston Churchill
as quoted by Norman McGowan
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“On the other hand, I have met great people in the most obscure roles in life. For, you see, greatness is a measure of one’s spirit, not a result of one’s rank in human affairs. Nobody, least of all mere humans, confers greatness upon another, for it is not a prize but an achievement. And greatness can crown the head of a janitor just as readily as it can come to someone of high rank.”
- Sherman G. Finesilver
Sherman Glenn Finesilver (1927 – 2006) was a United States federal judge.
Thinking about death can cause us to feel a sort of existential angst that isn’t attributable to a specific source. Now, new research suggests that acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain medication, may help to reduce this existential pain.
According to lead researcher Daniel Randles and colleagues at the University of British Columbia in Canada, the new findings suggest that Tylenol may have more profound psychological effects than previously thought:
“Pain extends beyond tissue damage and hurt feelings, and includes the distress and existential angst we feel when we’re uncertain or have just experienced something surreal. Regardless of the kind of pain, taking Tylenol seems to inhibit the brain signal that says something is wrong.” Read more
“John Milton was a failure. In writing Paradise Lost, his aim was to ‘justify the ways of God to men.’ Inevitably, he fell short and wrote only a monumental poem. Beethoven, whose music was conceived to transcend fate, was a failure, as was Socrates, whose ambition was to make people happy by making them reasonable and just. The surest, noblest way to fail is to set one’s standards titanically high.
“The flip side of that proposition also seems true. The surest way to succeed is to keep one’s striving low. Many people, by external standards, will be ‘successes.’ They will own homes, eat in better restaurants, dress well and, in some instances, perform socially useful work. Yet fewer people are putting themselves on the line, making as much of their minds and talents as they might. Frequently, success is what people settle for when they can’t think of something noble enough to be worth failing at.”
- Laurence Shames
Laurence Shames, formerly the Ethics columnist for Esquire, is a critically acclaimed novelist and essayist.
ABC News has an interesting story on five-year-old Gus Dorman, whose 147 IQ has earned him membership in Mensa.
Read about it here:
- Konrad Adenauer
Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (1876-1967) was a German statesman. As the first post-war Chancellor of Germany from 1949 to 1963, he led his country from the ruins of World War II to a powerful and prosperous nation.
You’ve probably seen the work of gifted artist Boyd Thomas but never realized it. Thomas, a commercial sculptor for nearly 20 years, is responsible for a great deal of the dynamic, three-dimensional imagery that graces some of the most iconic businesses in the world. Thomas translates his passion and talent for art into a thriving career bringing marketing and commercial ideas to visual life.
Growing up in Waco, Texas, Boyd Thomas’ artistic gifts began to emerge early, when he was inspired by his brother to take up the art of wood burning. “My first and oldest brother used to do wood burnings, and I would sit with him and watch him do them. One day I asked him how to do it, and he showed me. I discovered I was good at it. Then I picked up the pen and tried to draw and found that I could draw.” Read more