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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Leo Tolstoy Believed Life Was Meaningless. This Changed His Mind.

A person, 50 years old, is in full blown mid-life crisis. Even with fame, fortune, and a loving family, life is meaningless. This was Leo Tolstoy. Having written War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he was one of the most celebrated authors in the...

Philosopher Erich Fromm on Why People Fail at Love

Seeking advice about the qualities he should look for in a mate, an unmarried man in his 30s posted at the online sports forum of my alma mater. He invited comments on his list of top attributes: looks, camaraderie, cooking ability, love of the alma...

What Roger Bannister Taught Us About Human Achievement

When I was a young boy, one of my most cherished books was One Hundred Greatest Sports Heroes. The pages were filled with heroes’ accomplishments. Often, having overcome great adversity, these sports heroes exhibited great resiliency. Today, I...

Why Thoughts and Prayers are Better than Righteous Anger

It is fashionable to “prayer shame” those who offer “thoughts and prayers” as a response to violence. Public response to the gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is an example. If you did not deliver an angry diatribe against gun...

Why American Media Fawn Over Communist Murderers

The CNN headline read, “Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.”  Then the article began with this gushing report:  “If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would...

Viktor Frankl’s Guide to Living a Life of Meaning

Many Americans find their lives devoid of meaning; up to 40 percent of Americans have “not discovered a satisfying life purpose.” Without purpose can anyone truly live a full, happy life? As Bill Murray discovered in his classic comedy Groundhog...

Did Trump Throw the First Pitch in a Trade War with China?

Despite receiving billions of dollars in subsidies, the U.S. solar panel manufacturing industry is not competitive with Chinese imports. There is a robust solar industry in the United States; it’s just not in the manufacture of panels. As the...

Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Shows the Founders Were Right About the Presidency

Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury is an exposé of President Trump. If even half of it is true, it is hard to not feel disgusted and terrified. Those who work with Trump in the White House paint a portrait of a man who combines moral bankruptcy...

The Instant Pot Can Teach Us a Lot About Capitalism (and the Key to Entrepreneurial Success)

You don’t have to search far to read claims that capitalism is centered on greed and selfishness. For some, the assertion seems self-evident as they read, for example, stories of pharmaceutical companies dramatically increasing the price of...

Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail Because You're Not Listening

If you are like me, you’ve resolved to make changes in your life only to experience the frustration of sliding back into old habits.   Knowing you need to make a change, you’ve set your goal. On Day 1, all goes well. By Day 2, the pull of...

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