Retirement can sometimes be the time to start really making a contribution.  When John Mika, 58, discovered how much teachers in Buffalo, N.Y., were spending, out of their own pockets, for school supplies, he decided to do something about it: Name: John Mika Role: Substitute teacher, everyday philanthropist The Problem: As a substitute, he discovered…Read More


Find your inner hero

In hurricane sandy relief

Hurricane Sandy has brought out the hero in thousands of volunteers who responded by putting themselves at the service of those in need, day after day—many of whom are still without power even now.  Early on, in the crisis, a small group of devoted nurses at Langone Medical Center quickly became a symbol of human…Read More


  Salman Khan is a classic outlier who has given the world what many consider to be a great gift. It all started out with a YouTube upload. This hedge fund manager decided to use YouTube as a way of sending his cousins a little instructional video on math. The cousins were pleased. So was…Read More


Serenity

In Elias Canetti

  “I would like to become tolerant without overlooking anything, persecute no one even when all people persecute me; become better without noticing it; become sadder, but enjoy living; become more serene, be happy in others; belong to no one, grow in everyone; love the best, comfort the worst; not even hate myself anymore.” –Elias…Read More


  Every crisis has much to teach us.  Some lessons have significantly broader applications.  My good friend Davia Temin is a brilliant psychologist and coach.  Faced with the arrival of megastorm Sandy, Davia wrote a most insightful piece about resiliency and to my mind, a brilliant lesson in crisis management preparedness.  Rather than paraphrasing her…Read More