Inspirational weekend reads.
Every week there are a few stories that inspire me after I read them.It reminds me of one’s journey towards a vision or purpose.These are people who have made it or on their way to making it.Many have overcome obstacles to achieve success.It gives all of us hope of a better tomorrow despite the struggles.Grab your favorite drink and enjoy the reading.
More than a third of the top tech companies in the U.S were founded by people born outside of the country.
Their success stories drive many immigrants to come to the US in hopes of realizing the American Dream.
But just looking at their success makes it easy to overlook the fact that a lot of the immigrant founders had to overcome other problems – from language barriers to financial constraints – to achieve their extraordinary success.
2.Why does shopping feel so good? By Bryan Borzykowski
Why are people so prone to making split-second money decisions, many of which are detrimental to their bank accounts? And how can you resist the urge?
Ryan Howell, an associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University in California in the US, said the impulse to buy, in part, is a survival instinct. Back in our hunter and gatherer days, when people saw something they wanted, they’d grab it, even if they didn’t need it, because it was likely they wouldn’t come across that item again.
3.What I Learned From Working With the Wounded Warriors By Peter Himmelman
Consumerism, no matter how pervasively it’s purveyed in our culture, no matter how many times we try it, is at its root, based on the false premise that things make us happy. They do not, they cannot. Relationships do.
Professor and author Barbara L. Fredrickson writes about an interesting behavioral quirk called “hedonic adaption.” Simply put, this means that people who win the lottery, for example, find that after a short while, they’re no happier than they were before they struck it rich. That’s because they’ve “adapted” to the change.Our relationships with the people we love are not subject to hedonic adaptation. We continually derive positive emotions from them.
4.All in the Family By Peter A.Georgescu
Paul and Daisy Soros arrived in this country right after the Second World War, in their twenties. They were strangers to each other, fleeing Nazi persecution in Hungary. They fell in love and married six decades ago. Paul was accepted at Stanford and MIT, but he couldn’t afford to go to either.
In 1997, they created The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. They wanted to find people who, like them, had the ability and desire for an advanced education, and who were also willing to take big risks–the type of risks that can lead to breakthroughs
Every year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship program, with a $75 million charitable trust, selects 30 applicants who each receive up to $90,000 to cover education costs and expenses over two years.