Lessons From My Track Coach That Still Motivate Me Every Day

So here's the thing about words of wisdom: They can be words printed on a page or they can really mean something to you.

When I was entering high school, my parents told me they wanted me to join a team. My father was then a coach himself and they knew the experience would be valuable. I ran on the cross country, winter track, and spring track teams. Frank LaBianca coached all three of these teams at my high school, for both boys and girls. He was one of my best teachers and I learned as much about life from running on tracks and fields as I did from sitting in classrooms.

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I remember my grandmother talking about how she cried when Lou Gehrig gave his "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech at Yankees stadium, announcing that he was going to retire from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS, an illness that would soon become known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I remember my grandmother talking about how she cried when Lou Gehrig gave his "luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech at Yankees stadium, announcing that he was going to retire from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS, an illness that would soon become known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Watch: Invisible Children's Fourth Estate Summit

Invisible Children's Fourth Estate Summit August 8-11, 2013 includes sessions on education, women’s empowerment, human trafficking, LGBT equality, religion and war (full schedule), from a variety of changemaking speakers—and you watch the livestream right here.

Invisible Children's Fourth Estate Summit August 8-11, 2013 includes sessions on education, women’s empowerment, human trafficking, LGBT equality, religion and war (full schedule), from a variety of changemaking speakers—and you watch the livestream right here.

During the summit, leaders in the fields of culture, social entrepreneurship, human rights, and the arts will come together to share their learnings with 1,400 Millennials who have distinguished themselves as social enterprise mavens and advocacy navigators. Newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, has just agreed to join us on stage and she will join other thought-leaders in the arenas of social good, nonprofits, world affairs, and activism, such as Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, Rachel Bilson, Adam Braun, Elizabeth Gore, Dan Pallotta, Jason Russell, and others; as well as an innovative collection of non-profits and brands leading the charge in social enterprise, such as TOMS, charity: water, Pencils of Promise, Sevenly, Teach for America, ONE, United Nations Foundation, Rock the Vote, F Cancer, Keep a Breast, Do Something, Plant With Purpose, Raven + Lily, Sseko Designs, and Mend.

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Amazing 'This is Water' Commencement Speech Gets the Short Film Treatment

A short film depicts David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" commencement speech.

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The History of How the Letters on This Page Came to Look This Way

An animated short takes us through the history of typography.

Think about how much we learn about the world from letters on a page. Letters that make sentences that tell stories—and capture our histories. Or letters and numbers that form equations and recipes and how-to instructions. Even the letters on the page have their own stories, which is the subject of Ben Barrett-Forrest's animated short on the history of typography. In a short and sweet clip, he shows us how letter fonts have changed visually through time and addresses the history of italics, the influence of advertising and computers, and the popularity of Helvetica.

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