NL Longform: Life & Wisdom

Wisdom & life, man. Can ya dig it? Longform editorial, speeches, interviews. All the types of wording. 

   by Robert Sapolsky
 23 mins
Why Your Brain Hates Other People
The Us vs. Them mentality is emotional and oftentimes automatic. There's a way to make it think differently.


  byJeffrey Schwarts, Josie Thomson and Art Kleiner
 22 mins
The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership
The concept of the wise advocate is one of the best descriptions of a hard-to-describe, but extremely effective workplace strategy commonly seen amongst top leaders.

  
 
 by Mary Schmich
 4 mins 
Semi-Retro, Very Famous Essay: Advice, Like Youth Probably Just Wasted on the Young
A lot of 'self-improvement' lists and articles sprung up as quickly as the blogosphere blew itself up. In 1997, this essay really encapsulated a lot of the written and re-written (x1million) articles on how to take life, just a little less seriously (while also taking it, just seriously enough.


by Abraham Lincoln
8 mins
March 4, 1865: Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
We believe that looking back at history plays an integral role in creating a well-rounded perspective on the present. Just over a month after this address, Lincoln was assassinated. It came near the end of the Civil War and played a pivotal role as the first major public address to attempt to heal the deep wounds of the United States at the time. At only 701 words, it's been hailed as one of the most effective speeches in history.


by Mary Schmich
4 mins
The Cure for Fear
“These studies,” he wrote, “suggest that someday, a single dose of a drug, combined with exposure to your fear at the right moment, could free you of that fear forever.”


by Anil Ananthaswamy
14 mins
Why You Can't Help But Act Your Age
The surprising relationship between mindset and getting old.


  by Seth Godin
 7 mins 
Let's Stop Calling Them 'Soft Skills'
Why they should be called 'real skills,' + the 5 soft skills that are equally, if not more important than the classically understood 'hard skills.' 


   by Meredith Bennett-Smith 
 9 mins
The Case for Being Grumpy at Work 
"Research shows that forcing workers to appear more pleasant and more cheerful than they actually feel can lead to a whole host of negative consequences."


   by Theodore Roosevelt
 40 mins
Theodore Roosevelt Speech: The Man in the Arena 
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..."


by Xan Brooks
7 mins
Cary Grant: How 100 Acid Trips in Tinsletown Changed My Life
At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career?



by William Deresiewicz
20+ mins
West Point Graduation Speech: Solitude & Leadership
Simply put, this is one of the best speeches we've read on leadership. Do yourself a favor and click the link.


  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 20+ mins
Super Retro: The Crack-Up
F. Scott Fitzgerald's three-part essay series, published in Esquire in 1936, about the pressures of fame.


  by David Alexander
 60+ mins
Interview with Gene Roddenberry: Writer, Producer, Philosopher, Humanist, Creator of Star Trek
Gene Roddenberry is one of the most influential yet unheralded humanists of the twentieth century. His two most famous creations, Star Trek and its successor Star Trek: The Next Generation, are solidly based upon humanistic principles and ideas. His creations have moved, inspired and sparked the imaginations of millions of people around the world.


   by Lisa Feldman Barrett
 12 mins
Emotional Intelligence Needs a Rewrite
Think you can read people's emotions? Think again.