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 the U.S. is Consistently the Most Generous Nation in the World

Years ago, an MBA student of mine had immigrated from Albania after growing up under Communism. She shared with her classmates what she observed to be the most unexpected mindset difference between Americans and Albanians. She got emotional as...

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

When entrepreneurs recently gathered for a retreat at an exclusive resort in Utah, one participant expressed concern about what he observed as a lack of commitment to achievement: “Everyone wants to work at SpaceX; no one wants to go to engineering...

‘You Are Not Special; You Are Not Exceptional’: Why David McCullough Jr.'s dose of reality to young people is important

David McCullough Jr. is a high-school English teacher and the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough. In 2012, his “You Are Not Special” graduation speech went viral. His speech is more relevant than ever, and not just for new...

Marcus Aurelius on How to Turn Around a Rotten Day

When you wake up in the morning, notice how quickly your mind checks into its physical and psychological ailments. Back pain? Still there. Afternoon meeting to worry about? Still there. Troublesome financial situation? Still there. Did you expect...

How Intellectuals Train the Underclass to Feel Helpless

Recently a psychologist friend was singing a familiar refrain: "My clients want their problematical circumstances alleviated, but few want to change how they see the world.” Most intransigent among his clients are those with government benefits...

Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

“Has there ever been a time in the world’s history when people were more sure of their opinions?” asks Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Insitute. Ferrell observes, “We become set in our opinions precisely because we have lost sight of the fact that...

What Happens When an MBA Student Raised in Communist China Reads Hayek

Imagine being born during the bloody Cultural Revolution in China and growing up in a country with little economic or personal freedom. Few Chinese citizens had the knowledge that human rights are not granted by government, and those few who knew...

Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said about President Trump’s airstrikes on Syria. “The last thing Congress should be doing is giving this president a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere." Of course, Kaine’s...

Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Resilience, a crucial emotional attribute for a happy and successful life, is in decline across college campuses and workplaces.  The head of counseling at one major university recently observed “a decrease in the ability of many young...

Most Marital Difficulties Stem from One Thing: Ego

A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that those who consider their spouse to be their best friend are twice as satisfied with their lives overall. The study controls for pre-marital well-being levels, age, gender,...

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