I’d like you all to pause for a moment, you wretched weaklings, and take stock of your miserable existence. That was the advice that St. Benedict gave his followers and the advice I decided to follow when I turned 40. Until then I had been working too much and neglecting the family. I decided to turn my life around and address the thorny issue of work-life balance [Read more…]
Listen to the talk at Stanford University: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcZDWo6hiuI or www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die
Today I want to tell you three stories about my life.
The first is about connecting the dots. My biological mother, an unwed graduate student, put me up for adoption and she wanted me to grow up with parents who were graduates. It was all set for me to be adopted by a lawyer and his wife, but they decided they wanted a girl at the last minute and I ended up being adopted by another couple: my mother never graduated college and my father never graduated high school. [Read more…]
Listen to the talk: www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_dare_to_disagree
Alice Stewart was a fantastic and unique doctor from Oxford in the 1950s. Alice was unusual partly because, she was a woman, which was pretty rare in the 1950s. She was unusual too because she continued to work after she got married, after she had kids, and even after she got divorced and was a single parent, she continued her medical work. [Read more…]