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American actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith, may be best known for her roles as National Security Advisor, Nancy McNally, in The West Wing and as Hospital Administrator, Gloria Akalitus, in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she received her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. Her film credits include Philadelphia, The American President, Rent, and Rachel Getting Married. Smith has taught in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and in the drama... (Read More ...)

Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, began his spiritual journey of teaching Kundalini Yoga in an empty Los Angeles high school gym in 1969 during the turbulent flower power era. Studying comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his youth, he reached out to the youth in America when he realized that underneath their experimentation with drugs to achieve altered states of mind was a desire to connect to a deeper sense of awareness and connection with themselves. He founded 3HO Centers (Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization) across the United States and during the next 30 years was a driving force... (Read More ...)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, one of the most recognized American authors, is best known for his iconic books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The latter has been referred to as the Great American Novel. His enlightening and humorous quotes are among the most popular quotes on the Internet. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, he was said to have predicted he would “go out with it too”, and died the day following it’s reappearance in 1910. Twain was highly paid for his... (Read More ...)

Persian sage, the mystic poet Rumi, has enlightened the world with his deep understandings of truth and the laws of the Universe. Here is a Rumi poem about how we should bring beauty to the world. Enjoy today’s quotation of mastery by Rumi: If today, like every other day we wake up empty and frightened. We don’t have to open the door to the study and begin reading. We can take down a musical instrument. Let beauty be what we do there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the earth. ~Rumi  (Read More ...)

Canadian lawyer and best-selling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Saint, the Surfer, Robin Sharma,  offers us this very simple truth about life. We can sit back and just ask ourselves how can I make a difference in the world and then leave it at that because life is just too busy, or, we can choose to dig deep, discover our life purpose and then get on with making a positive impact. It’s really that simple and exactly why we created the path known as Modern Day Mastery. Enjoy today’s quotation of mastery by Robin Sharma: Life is short and the time to walk out into... (Read More ...)

There is no accurate historical biography of Greek Athenian philosopher, Socrates, as his life was said to be depicted in highly-colored terms by his student Plato and in the plays of his contemporary, Aristophanes. Known mainly for his contributions to the fields of logic and ethics, Socrates philosophies heavily influenced modern day western philosophy. He was said to have been a stonemason and  challenged the moral values of Athenia until such time as he was put on trial and sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. Although his followers had apparently bribed officials so Socrates could escape,... (Read More ...)

This powerful quotation by former Episcopal clergyman and author of the best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Nelson Bolles, lies at the very heart of Modern Day Mastery. We were all put on this planet to do something great – something to make this world a better place and few people sadly ever do anything about creating a life mission. Life transforms in the most magical way when one comes to the intersection in life that Richard describes and it’s our mission to help others find theirs. Enjoy today’s quotation of mastery by Richard Nelson Bolles: Your... (Read More ...)

Israeli entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, was named one of the top 20 Global Influentials for 2003 by CNN-Time Magazine and was included in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people list. In 2010, Foreign Policy Magazine included the former CEO of Better Place and founder of TopTier Software on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers. Enjoy today’s quotation of mastery by Shai Agassi: Once you have a Mission…you can’t go back to a job. ~Shai Agassi  (Read More ...)

Probably best known for the famous lines, “Tis better to have loved and lost – Than never to have loved at all“, Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign. The ninth most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was born into the middle class and started writing poetry in his teens along with his two brothers and a collection of their poetry was published when Alfred was just 17. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Timbuctoo... (Read More ...)

Best known for his theory of relativity and the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of  photoelectric effect. He left Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1933, when Adolf Hitler came to power and settled in the United States. Warning President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, he recommended that the U.S. begin similar research. Although he denounced nuclear fission as... (Read More ...)