Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein

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Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. To receive Barry's essays subscribe at Mindset Shifts.

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AOC's Gardening Advice Channels Mao

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wants to extend identity politics to vegetables. For Ocasio-Cortez, some vegetables are too “colonial” to grow. Community gardens are a component of the Green New Deal, and having projects “make sense in a cultural...

For Some Millennials, ‘Despair Springs Eternal’

Given recent headlines, it seems millennials suffer from what Steven Pinker calls a “despair springs eternal” mindset. And who can blame them? Two-thirds of millennials haven’t saved a penny for retirement. Some millennials say they can’t afford...

Why Democratic Socialists Flunk Logic 101

Consider the following facts: Venezuela is a country with vast natural resources. Once it was one of the wealthiest countries in South America. Venezuela nationalized many vital industries such as oil. Price controls were instituted, and...

Distractions Don’t Have to Control You

Did you reach for your smartphone shortly after awaking? If so, 12 minutes later, you may reach for your smartphone again. If you are a typical smartphone user, you will check your phone 80 times today and feel anxiety if your phone is out of...

How to Give Up Outrage and Enjoy Your Life

Earlier this year my wife and I were fortunate to visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. The 16 acres of beautifully maintained gardens slow the mind — this is not the place for a power walk. Approaching the...

Why Time Speeds Up as We Get Older (And What We Can Do About It)

Time seems to go faster as we age. When we were children, the school year and then the summer seemed to stretch forever. As adults, we wonder where the time went. Duke University engineering professor Adrian Bejan believes he can explain this...

Medieval Wisdom on Healing Personal Discouragement

Who among us has not suffered discouragement, doubt, or sadness? When such feelings arise, we may hope a friend or loved one will help lift our spirit; we are disappointed when they don’t. We may attempt to dull our unhappy feelings through...

The Essential Life Lesson in the Series Finale of ‘The Office’

If it’s a good comedy, we laugh with the characters, not at the characters. Joining with them in our common humanity, we have a window to our own foibles. Today, 14 years after its premiere, reruns of The Office remain enduringly popular. The...

Why Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

Imagine that you’re about to give a presentation in front of your entire organization. If you have ever been anxious in a situation where the stakes are high, you’ve probably received well-meaning advice: Calm down. Take deep breaths. Think...

Why Stress Is One of the Best Predictors of High Life Satisfaction

My life is messed up, why can’t I get my act together? Most of us have heard a variation of this talk track in our heads, or we’ve heard it from others. If only, we think, I didn’t have this problem, then everything would be all right. We feel...

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