Life Changing Advice Author Details

Notable Ventures John’s best-known venture may be the Positive Press web site. In a feature article about Positive Press, Reuters news service says, “Groom chooses bounce back stories, stories of quiet heroism.” Other publicity for Positive Press has included CNN Headline News, Canadian National Radio, USA TODAY, Yahoo, Norwegian Broadcasting Network, Australian Online, Daily Telegraph … Continue reading "Life Changing Advice Author Details"

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Mistakes

Wang Yang-ming was a Chinese philosopher whose work influenced Ming Dynasty society. His School of Mind taught that all knowledge exists in the mind, and that knowledge contained principles that should be acted upon. Since people have innate knowledge of what is good, the discovery of the innate principles will lead to virtuous action. According … Continue reading "Mistakes"

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Focus on the Future

Elected as a United States Senator from Tennessee in 1825, White was a supporter of Andrew Jackson. When John Calhoun resigned the vice-presidency in 1833 the Senate chose White as acting vice-president. Many of Jackson’s former supporters began to think the president had become too dictatorial when he handpicked Martin Van Buren to succeed him … Continue reading "Focus on the Future"

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Rising Above Hatred

Washington was the long-term (1881-1915) leader of Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, which became a leading force in vocational training for blacks. Washington generally believed that the best way for blacks to advance in society was through practical training and business success; he believed in conciliation with whites rather than confrontation and political agitation. He became the … Continue reading "Rising Above Hatred"

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Against the Odds

Like Charles Dickens, Jane Gaskell, William Thackeray, and Jane Austen, Trollope is part of the golden age of Victorian literature. A prolific author, Trollope’s most famous writing is two series of novels, the Barchester Chronicles (1857-1867), based on a fictional cathedral community, and the more political Palliser series (1864-1880). Trollope is also known for his … Continue reading "Against the Odds"

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What is Art?

Tolstoy is one of the world’s most famous novelists, best known for “War and Peace” (1862-1869) and, to a lesser extent, “Anna Karenina” (1873-1876). His work as a writer stretches from 1851 to his death in 1910 and includes short stories, autobiography, and plays, but it is his two longest novels, realistic style, and search … Continue reading "What is Art?"

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Action Over Ideology

Mother Teresa focused on saving the world, one person at a time. Her work, and that of The Missionaries of Charity, which she founded, focuses on helping the poorest of the poor. Her many projects included work among slum-dwellers, children’s homes, medical clinics, schools, a leper colony, shelters for the dying, orphanages and homes for … Continue reading "Action Over Ideology"

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Finding Yourself

Szasz is best known for his maverick positions within the psychiatric profession and his staunch defense of civil liberties and individual freedom. He has taken very controversial positions, including his assertion that mental illness, as opposed to organic sickness, does not really exist – people simply choose to act in ways that may not be … Continue reading "Finding Yourself"

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Potential

Stevenson’s most famous novels – “Treasure Island” (1883), “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1886), and “Kidnapped” (1886) – deal with exotic themes. “The Master of Ballantrae” (1889) is also well regarded, although some consider the unfinished “Weir of Hermiston” (1896), on which he was working at the time of his death, … Continue reading "Potential"

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Leadership

Steinbeck is best known for his 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath”, a tale of migratory farm workers in California, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His other well known novels include “Of Mice and Men” (1937), “Cannery Row” (1942) and “East of Eden” (1952). The tone of his novels varies from grim … Continue reading "Leadership"

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