Power Is Fickle

Is Silicon Valley growing tired of its most iconic founders? The recent grifts of figures like Elizabeth Holmes and Adam Neumann may herald an era in which people are more skeptical of leaders with eccentric beliefs and habits. In this atmosphere (and under increasing pressure from the federal government), industry titans Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg […]

Even Enlightened People Do the Dishes

In Autobiography of a Yogi, Indian monk and guru Paramahansa Yogananda describes the spiritual path that led him to leave India for the United States. As a young teenager, Yogananda sometimes dreamed of wrestling tigers and performing other marvelous feats he had heard about other gurus performing. However, once he started training to become a monk, […]

Weekend Wisdom – How to Endure

It’s lonely out in space. That’s what former astronaut Scott Kelly found each of the three times he left his family to live and work on the International Space Station. In space, routine chores that seem very simple on Earth—cleaning the bathroom, making a minor repair—have life-and-death consequences. The pressure is relentless. Over time, Kelly […]

The Original Influencer

Before there was Instagram, there was Oprah. Our latest Instaread Original profiles Ms. Winfrey, analyzing her career as not just an entertainer, but also as a marketing whiz. By cultivating an impeccable personal brand, Winfrey transformed daytime television, the publishing industry, and the 2008 presidential election. Learn how she did—and what’s next—in our Success Story […]

Weekend Wisdom – The Secret Struggles of the Rich and Famous

Abraham Lincoln was depressed. So was Marilyn Monroe, whose glitzy lifestyle hid her painful struggle with borderline personality disorder. And Charles Darwin, who suffered from anxiety, was chronically ill when he traveled to develop his theory of evolution. In ANDY WARHOL WAS A HOARDER, Claudia Kalb examines the lives of prominent historical figures for signs that they […]

The Cult of Musk

Richard Branson crosses oceans in hot-air balloons. Peter Thiel planned an elaborate conspiracy fronted by Hulk Hogan. Mark Zuckerberg has a profoundly strange haircut. But even by the standards set by other billionaires, Elon Musk stands out as eccentric. With his own fan club (the Musketeers) and a dream to die on Mars, Musk frequently […]

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