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How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014

How to embrace the near-win: Sarah Lewis at TED2014

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Art historian Sarah Lewis’s first job was at the Museum of Modern Art. While there, she was entranced by an exhibit of works by the artist Elizabeth Murray. So Lewis was intrigued to hear from the painter that she felt several pieces hanging on the walls fell short. For one piece, Murray confessed that she’d found []

Going home after ‘Eat Pray Love': Elizabeth Gilbert at TED2014

Going home after ‘Eat Pray Love': Elizabeth Gilbert at TED2014

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Elizabeth Gilbert has written a memoir so famous that strangers think she’s the author of the book … based on the movie. It sounds like a problem any writer would love to have, but to Gilbert, writing post-Eat Pray Love, seemed an impossible task. Says Gilbert in the final Wednesday session at TED2014, “How in []

Why you need to fail to have a great career

Why you need to fail to have a great career

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At TEDxUW 2011, economics professor Larry Smith gave a memorable talk titled, “Why you will fail to have a great career.” The hilarious talk takes aim at people and the incredible excuses they dream up for not pursuing their passions, from “It’s too hard” to “But I value human relationships more than my work.” His []