It’s Never Too Late

It’s Never Too Late

Nola Ochs was born in November of 1911. A native of Jetmore, Kansas, she was wife to Vernon and mother to four sons, who provided her with 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She lived a happy life raising her children on the family farm, but it's what...

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The Problem with Finding Your Passion

The Problem with Finding Your Passion

Everyone alive wants to discover their passion, that thing that lights them up inside. It's a worthwhile cause to consider, but the only problem is nearly everyone is doing it wrong. With two quick changes in perspective and approach, you can start doing it right. 1....

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A Tale of Two Fears

A Tale of Two Fears

"When we started SpaceX, and Tesla in particular, I didn’t think either of them would succeed. I thought the most likely outcome was failure.” Elon Musk, the billionaire brain behind SpaceX and Tesla, was afraid both of his companies would fail. He expected them to....

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SOM 010: Phil Knight & The Birth of Nike Inc.

SOM 010: Phil Knight & The Birth of Nike Inc.

It’s 1962. Before settling into the inevitable nine-to-five career path, a young Phil Knight decides he first wants to see the world. During his trip, he makes a stop in Kobe, a port city in Japan and the home of the Tiger shoe brand. It was at Stanford that Knight...

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SOM 009: Kyle Maynard & Making No Excuses

SOM 009: Kyle Maynard & Making No Excuses

It’s January 15, 2012, and Kyle Maynard has just made history, but in truth it was just the next stop in a long line of historic moments. If we ended Kyle’s story as he graduated from high school, that would be enough. That would include winning 36 wrestling matches...

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SOM 008: John Krasinski & Sticking with It

SOM 008: John Krasinski & Sticking with It

And now for something a little different. Instead of highlighting one of the many moments of moxie scattered throughout John Krasinski’s career, we’re going to highlight a cautionary tale, a story that shows us just how close we were to getting a completely different...

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SOM 007: Mindy Kaling & Choosing Yourself

SOM 007: Mindy Kaling & Choosing Yourself

It’s 2002. Mindy Kaling is living in Brooklyn after graduating from Dartmouth, rooming with her best friend and fellow Dartmouth grad, Brenda Withers. Kaling is a babysitter and Withers is a substitute teacher. But they both want to write and perform--it’s what they...

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SOM 006: Sir Richard Branson & Having Faith

SOM 006: Sir Richard Branson & Having Faith

It’s 1979. As he tells it in his autobiography, a 28-year-old Richard Branson is stuck in the British Virgin Islands. He wants to go to Puerto Rico, but the American Airlines flight heading that way was only half full, leading them to cancel until the next day. In no...

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SOM 005: Sara Blakely & Ignoring the Critics

SOM 005: Sara Blakely & Ignoring the Critics

It’s 1998. While Sara Blakely is selling fax machines door to door (something she’s done for about seven years), a pair of $98 cream-colored pants hangs in her closet. She never wears them--hates how they look with underwear. But today is different. Today a new idea...

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SOM 004: The Family Edition & Staying Strong

SOM 004: The Family Edition & Staying Strong

It’s June 9, 2016. I’m sitting at my kitchen table, just downstairs. I log into the online portal to check the results of my colonoscopy and read the words no one wants to or thinks they will ever have to read. Just one sentence from my doctor: Call me at home, on my...

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