Articles about Inspiration

Productivity

In need of some inspiration? Try doing nothing. No, seriously.

My proposal is this: that we allow ourselves to feel okay about doing absolutely nothing. If this is hard for you (and it’s hard for me!), don’t worry — studies prove that it’s actually really good for you, both mentally and physically.

wellness

5 women who quit a job for their mental health – and what they learned

In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, get inspired to leave a toxic gig, just like these five — super-successful and happier — women did.

Commencement Addresses

George Saunders: ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness’

Here is the full transcript and video of George Saunders' commencement address to Syracuse’s Class of 2013.

Commencement Addresses

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

Here is the full video and transcript of Jeff Bezos’ commencement address to Princeton’s Class of 2010.

Commencement Addresses

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres' commencement address to Tulane's Class of 2009.

The Whole Human

Focus on what you can control and you will win every time

Don’t worry about what others are doing — especially if you find it turning into envy or frustration. You’re on your own path for a reason. Know your purpose, clarify your goals and keep powering forward with confidence and conviction.

The Whole Human

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Since being irresistible isn’t the result of dumb luck, it’s time to study the habits of irresistible people so that you can use them to your benefit. Get ready to say “hello” to a new, more irresistible you.

Commencement Addresses

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of J.K. Rowling's commencement address to Harvard's Class of 2008.

Commencement Addresses

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full video and transcript of Conan O'Brien's commencement address to Dartmouth's Class of 2011.

Commencement Addresses

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College’s Class of 2005.

The Whole Human

5 fascinating books on how to break bad habits

Let’s look at 5 books that will teach you how habits work, why your brain won’t do the “right” thing, how to address these issues, and how to defeat the dark forces that are actively working against your best intentions.

The Whole Human

4 skills to help keep you grounded

One thing will always be true, in entrepreneurship and in life: You’ll never know exactly what’s coming next. Here are four skills to help you out.

Inspiration

Here is why you should live like you’re immortal

It seems like all my peers have this idea that being young is an excuse for not living a satisfying life. But Millennials are not the only group of people who hide behind excuses. We all do. I get it. Taking on responsibilities in life is scary. It’s way cooler to have toast with avocado.

Commencement Addresses

Justin Trudeau to NYU’s Class of 2018: ‘Do you want to win an argument or change the world?’

Here is the transcript (and video) of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commencement speech to NYU's Class of 2018.

Inspiration

Public Service Announcement: It’s OK to be bored at work

If you’re so disengaged that you’re not getting your work done, ask yourself, why are you even there? It might be time to move on. Or, maybe it’s just time for a shift in perspective — boredom isn’t your enemy. It’s trying to tell you something, and it’s time to listen.

The Whole Human

This is the single worst piece of advice still given out by people

If all you like to do is use people, well, I feel sorry for you. Because when it’s all said and done, you’re not going to have anyone that will vouch for you. No one will offer to help you out in your time of need.

Commencement Addresses

Oprah Winfrey to USC’s Class of 2018: ‘Declare war on cynicism’

Here are excerpts and video of Oprah Winfrey's commencement speech to USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Condoleezza Rice to High Point’s Class of 2016: ‘Don’t let anyone else define your passion’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Condoleezza Rice's commencement address to High Point University's Class of 2016.

Inspiration

What Steve Jobs learned building fences with his father that changed the course of history

Apple may have made radical changes to the way the world communicates, but we can also learn something from Steve Jobs' life before the company.

Commencement Addresses

Nikki Haley to Clemson’s Class of 2018: ‘Social media lives aren’t the real world’

Here is the video of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's commencement address to Clemson’s Class of 2018.

Commencement Addresses

Sheryl Sandberg to UC Berkley’s Class of 2016: ‘You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Sheryl Sandberg's commencement address to UC Berkeley's Class of 2016.

Mother's Day

8 executives share the best career advice they received from mom

Even if your mom doesn’t work in the same industry you selected for yourself, her smart — and carefully-selected — words make a difference in your professional decisions and progression. Especially for these executives, having their mother in their corner ensured their success and amped their confidence.

The Whole Human

How to achieve your 10-year plan in the next 6 months

How much time does something really take to accomplish? Before answering that question, a better question is: How much time do you actually have? Once you’ve answered that question, you’ll then be able to ask: Where is all of your time going? Only then can you determine how long something really needs to take.

Commencement Addresses

Michael Bloomberg to Michigan’s Class of 2016: ‘An open mind is the most valuable asset’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript and of Michael Bloomberg's commencement address to University of Michigan's Class of 2016.

Commencement Addresses

Lady Antebellum to UGA’s Class of 2018: ‘You can take a big risk’

Here is the full transcript of the commencement address by Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to Georgia’s Class of 2018.