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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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...

How 'Woke' Are You on World Poverty?

By now you have probably heard the exhortation “stay woke.” To be woke means a person is “an informed, questioning, self-educating individual” who “look[s] past the provided narrative.” Yet, most among the self-proclaimed woke are still fast asleep...

Why Ocasio-Cortez is Not Dangerous, but Her Followers Are

Actor James Woods has called democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) “the most dangerous person in America.” Woods warned, “ignore her at your peril.”  Woods is rightfully alarmed about the growing appeal of democratic...

Why UPS Is Able to Save the Environment While Ethanol Subsidies Destroy It

Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have captured the headlines, but Ocasio-Cortez is not the only democratic socialist congresswoman elected to the new Congress. Fellow freshman and democratic socialist Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan,...

Mr. Rogers: Responsible for the Entitlement Culture?

The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? deservedly made many lists of 10 best movies of 2018. It is a riveting film on the power of love. Years after his death, interest in the work of Fred Rogers grows. Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers...

Why Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ideas about Happiness in Eat Pray Love are Wrong

As the year begins, many will embark on a self-improvement project. Elizabeth Gilbert’s mega-selling memoir Eat Pray Love has inspired millions towards a journey of self-discovery. Many believe Gilbert is wise. Gilbert made the Time Magazine list...

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