All-Star Advice, The Talking Cure and The Sunday Scaries


“We have to be better, we have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less. It is our responsibility to make this world a better place.”
Megan Rapinoe celebrates her team’s World Cup soccer victory with an uplifting message


Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge Newsletter with the mission to try to make your world a better place.

1. Passion can make your job not feel like a job which can become a problem if you don’t know when to stop working. The Harvard Business Review warns that passion can lead to burnout. Passion can also make you want to hold on to a project until it’s perfect, which comes with its own set of problems that Voltaire warned us about when he said, “Perfect is the enemy of good.”

2. Houston Astros’ all-star pitcher Justin Verlander is the team’s evangelist of sleep whose advice to get more Vitamin Zzz has transformed the careers of at least one of his teammates. Once again, sports is at the leading edge of wellness practice and sets a great example for the rest of us. And in more sports news, a study of gold and silver medalists revealed that those who just missed the top of the podium lived longer and more successful lives than those who won gold. Can you use your setbacks as fuel? And how about this for fuel: exercise makes you smarter! 

“Phys Ed teachers don’t understand the benefits they bring to the learning process.” 
Paul Zientarski, former Phys Ed department chair, Naperville Central High School, the smartest and fittest high school in the U.S.

“When we exercise, we are using more brain cells than in any other human activity…and we make our brains stronger.”
Dr. John Ratey, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, author of Spark

Perhaps the best argument for exercise comes from Paul Zientarski who says it enables us to live longer, well. So let’s wear out rather than rust out.

3.“It’s always the right time to work on keeping the friends you have.”
Jessica Francis Kane wrote a novel about rekindling friendship with four strict rules, then tried to follow those rules herself.
Conversation is the wellspring of friendship, and nobody knows more about conversation than the Queen of Conversation, Dr. Sherry Turkle, professor of the social studies of science and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here she is in conversation with Alan Alda sharing what she’s learned about the “talking cure.”

4. Google has spent years studying what makes a perfect manager, and technical skill has nothing to do with it. Emotional intelligence that helps to create a sense of psychological safety is a key element in these Ten Qualities of a Good Manager.

5. Finally, the fast five: