Gabe Sonnier: Janitor, Principal, Inspiration
Derrick Nantz June 7, 2014
For twenty-seven years Joseph “Gabe” Sonnier of Louisiana worked as a janitor for Port Barre Elementary. Although Sonnier never treated the position as beneath him, he worked hard to reach new levels of success, first as a teacher, then—as of November—as the principal of Port Barre.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Good Living
Purpose, Value Hierarchies, and Happiness
Craig Biddle May 20, 2014
Zeros in on the nature and importance of purpose in good living, discusses how to organize and prioritize your values and goals with respect to their relative importance to your life and happiness, and offers tips and standing orders for making your life the best it can be.
Mike Rowe’s Excellent Career Advice
Ari Armstrong May 5, 2014
Rowe is right that “happiness does not come from a job,” in the sense that getting an idealized job will not automatically make you happy. But, in a deeper sense, happiness does come from a job, in that working in a productive career you love is a fundamental source of joy in life. Rowe’s own approach to work demonstrates this.
Good Living, Philosophy
A Peek at Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness
Craig Biddle February 21, 2014
Discusses the nature of principles, surveys various kinds of principles, draws crucial definitions of “principle” from the survey, and shows the vital role of principles in thinking.
Teen Inventor Kelvin Doe Exemplifies Active Mind
Derrick Nantz December 20, 2013
Thomas Edison once said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Kelvin Doe, a teen in Sierra Leone, spent the better part of his youth digging through trash bins in search of electronics parts. Finding the junk was relatively easy. Figuring out how to build…
Amy Morin and Cheryl Conner: Mentally Strong People Offering Excellent Practical Advice
Craig Biddle November 20, 2013
It's rare that I find an article on mental strength to be 100 percent correct. This one is. I have no reason to believe that either Amy Morin or Cheryl Conner is an Objectivist, but their views expressed in “Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid” are fully consistent…
Louis C.K. Schools David Itzkoff on the Cause of Success
Daniel Wahl May 3, 2013
In a recent interview in the New York Times, comedian Louis C.K. turned the questions on interviewer David Itzkoff to tease out the cause of C.K.’s success: DI: Does it matter that what you’ve achieved, with your online special and your tour can’t be replicated by other performers who don’t…
“Resolution Revolution” Makes Self-Improvement Inevitable
Ross England March 17, 2013
It’s only March, and statistics show that by now many people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions. If you haven’t lived up to yours, you may be able to get back on track. Alex Epstein (of the Center for Industrial Progress) has a short video course which, if followed, can…