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“The Un-Instagramable Self”

Northeastern Commencement Address 2019

Tara Westover

Just listened to the Westover commencement speech. Really good. Here is a quote that stood out:

“I think that when we deny what is worst about ourselves, we also deny what is best. We repress our ignorance, and thus we deny our capacity to learn. We repress our faults, and thus we deny our capacity to change. We forget that it is our flawed human self, and not our avatar, who creates things and reconsiders and forgives and shows mercy. “

Related from Pat Summitt from her memoir, Sum it up

But in facing weakness, you learn how much there is in you, and you find a blueprint for real strength. Don't look away from the difficult things, I urged our athletes. Take ownership!

When you own something, you possess it, live it, act on it.


Neurotransmitters, behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary learning, Francis Bacon and Idols

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