Uncommon Wisdom

Uncommon Wisdom
by Fritjof Capra

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Howard’s Gift
by Eric Sinoway, Merrill Meadow

“This work offers wonderful wisdom for navigating the inflection points in our lives.” — Mehmet Oz, MD

An iconic teacher. A warm friend. A generous mentor.

For more than 40 years, Howard Stevenson has been a towering figure at Harvard Business School: the man who literally defined entrepreneurship and taught thousands of the world’s most successful professionals.

Now – spurred by Stevenson’s heart-stopping brush with death – his student, colleague, and dear friend Eric Sinoway shares the man’s wisdom and inspiration. Through warm and engaging conversations, we hear Howard’s timeless and practical lessons on pursuing both success and fulfillment, beginning with:

– Create a vision of your own legacy through a process called “business planning for life.”

– Be entrepreneurial in driving your career ahead (even if you’re not an entrepreneur).

– Exploit the inflection points in your life – whether “friend,” “foe,” or “silent.”

– Cut risk in tough career and life decisions by shining the “light of predictability” on them.

– Plan for the ripples, not just the splash from your actions and choices.

Reading Howard’s Gift is like having a wise, caring friend sit down and say, “Let’s figure all this out together.”

And the deeply personal perspectives from guest contributors – such as CNN correspondent Soledad O’Brien, Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp, two-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks, and legendary MTV Founder Bob Pittman – reinforce the practical lessons in this clear-sighted book that will help readers “define success in their own terms,” and “live a life with no regrets.”


Uncommon Wisdom
by John Castaldo, Lawrence Levitt

In light of the escalating costs of healthcare in the U.S. and the on-going debate about appropriate health insurance reform, it’s easy to forget about the human side of medicine and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. In Uncommon Wisdom, neurologists John Castaldo and Lawrence Levitt share what they have learned in their many years as doctors, not just from tests and labs, but from years of listening and learning from their patients.

These 16 tales show doctors as human beings: flawed and full of doubt, wonder, and reverence about what it means to be alive. The stories remind us that the medical profession should be about treating people with the dignity they deserve and that medical miracles don’t always involve medicine. These doctors find cures, solve mysteries, and glean many lessons from listening deeply to their patients.


Common Sense about Uncommon Wisdom
by Dhruv S. Kaji

The essence of any great truth should be simple, and its discovery should unfold with joy. This straightforward introduction to Vedanta will bring the ancient and uncommon wisdom of Vedanta alive for you in the spirit of today. In a broad sense, Vedanta is any tradition or methodology that provides knowledge of the true nature of the self. Based on the profound wisdom of the Upanishads, the most ancient and authoritative scriptures of India, this book is a simple, insightful, and contemporary introduction to the vital teachings of Vedanta.Common Sense About Uncommon Wisdom reveals what Vedanta is, what it is not, and how to begin understanding its beauty and perennial truth. Excerpts from the Upanishads and other ancient Sanskrit scriptures provide insight on the origins of Vedanta, and chapters on traditional methods of study supply essential background for anyone seeking liberation from a sense of incompleteness.

“Don’t Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats”
by Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

Uncommon times call for uncommon wisdom. It’s inspiring to hear from people who’ve graduated from the school of hard knocks, yet kept a sense of humor. People like Twain, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde. People who’ve said the thing so well that we all wish we’d said it. People who’ve been there, done that, and refuse to sugarcoat what they’ve learned. People who know, as Sherry Hochman puts it, that “Every day is a gift—even if it sucks.”

From Kathryn and Ross petras, curators of craziness (and surprising smarts), comes a timely collection of reassuring reality:

“Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?”—John Barrymore

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.” —Mark Twain

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”—Mother Teresa

“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.”—Dylan Thomas

“If you think you have it tough, read history books.”—Bill Maher

And Voltaire: “Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”


Familiar Strangers
by Gotham Chopra

A flip through the newspaper or a glance at the evening news reveals a world in which old ways are dying and new worlds are beginning, often in the midst of violence and chaos. In the face of these massive changes and disruptions, many people are questioning their roles as individuals: Why am I here? What is my purpose?

In Familiar Strangers, Gotham Chopra travels from China, Sri Lanka, and Kashmir to Chechnya and the Yucatán in search of answers to these age-old spiritual questions. Everywhere he goes, he encounters people who have had to dig within themselves to survive horrible realities and bear heart-wrenching losses. From his New York to Los Angeles flight on September 11, 2001 to a harrowing week spent among young boys toting guns in the contested hills of Kashmir and a sojourn in a small Yucatán village where he witnesses firsthand the collision between the romance of the past and the uncertain promise of the future, Chopra shares the wisdom, idealism, and sense of purpose he found in ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances.

Rich in drama and insights into cultures far different from our own, the stories Chopra recounts articulate, as well, anxieties and fears we all share. While acknowledging that his travels often take him to the extreme edges of civilized society, Chopra shows that the questions that arise in times of peril or in the face of great dangers are not so different from what many of us ask in the course of our daily lives–whether after a grueling eighty-hour work week, a six-hour exam, or a fiery argument with a lover. The challenge, he argues, is to use these moments of revelation as the first step in moving beyond self-imposed fears and limits and embracing new opportunities for spiritual growth.

From the Hardcover edition.


What I Know
by Roger Fishman

Only people at the bookends of life can truly tell it like it is. In What I Know, a remarkable group of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds share their insights on life with Roger Fishman to reveal unguarded truths and surprising wisdom.

You’ll be inspired by the lighthearted yet profound thoughts from 10-year-olds:
“Think of yourself as a dot on a line. The things behind you are already over, so always move forward down the line.”
“Integrity is doing good deeds when no one is looking.”
“It’s not about whether somebody will ‘be there’ for you. It’s all about whether you will ‘be there’ for somebody else.”

And you’ll find time-tested knowledge in the words of centenarians:
“In marriage, you have two sides to the bed: one where you fight and the other where you make up.”
“You’ve got to love, respect, and develop a genuine belief in yourself before you can be there to do that for anybody else.”
“In life, the one thing you can control is your word.”

Offering a variety of perspectives from these two unique groups, What I Know is, ultimately, a trove of universal truths from a diverse cross section of 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds with a wealth of experience.


Uncommon Wisdom 1
by F. Anton Stahl

WARNING! Uncommon Wisdom I Lifetime Strategies for Successful Living will:

  • tear away popular beliefs concerning hypnosis, spirituality and religion.
  • present new tools for improving oneself and one’s relationships.
  • offer new insights into understanding how people function.
  • enhance personal efficiency and effectiveness.
  • inspire one with new concepts in spirituality.
  • challenge readers to new ways of thinking.
  • encourage personal and spiritual growth.
  • sharpen analytical thinking skills.
  • rev up one’s motivational motor.
  • help uncover hidden potential.

Uncommon Wisdom
by Thomas Whittingslow, Paul Jaffe, Richard Mcgarey, Bob Ramsey, Charles Okeke

Twelve extraordinary people have shared their lives with me —ranging from a Nobel Prize winner and a 107-year old Navajo grandmother, to a man who lived connected to an artificial heart machine for two years. Each of us leaves a unique footprint or a legacy before we die. At the end of each chapter the interviewee was asked if they were at the end of life — what are the most important lessons that they would like to pass along to a favorite son or daughter. To retain character and personality; the stories are unfiltered, told in the interviewees’ own words. Every man’s story is sacred and worthy of recognition. Every act has its consequences—and with it come lessons. Uncommon Wisdom touches upon the following: Purpose of life Artistic breakthroughs Success Personal growth Courage under pressure Confronting death Overcoming racial and gender barriers Foundations for a fulfilling life Business strategies from a CEO Breaking social barriers Caretaking Ethics and spiritualityThe need for mentors has never been more crucial as colleges and universities are teaching students how to memorize and spit out dates and names in order to pass tests, but nothing about how to make your way through life. Uncommon Wisdom captures the distillation of twelve extraordinary men and women’s experiences and the lessons that they have learned on their journey. One of the book’s first readers said, “I only wish that I had read this book twenty years ago.”


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