. . . and 29 other outrageously high achievers

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Photo by Sebastian Kim, the New Yorker

In David Rubenstein’s book “How to Lead,” Rubenstein uses his considerable personal network to interview thirty wildly successful people — everyone from RBG to Oprah to Sir Richard Branson.

Luck and privilege play their part in the success these people achieved (though most of the interviewees hail from fairly modest middle class backgrounds). But, in reading these interviews in quick succession, I noted four principles of thought and behavior that recurred frequently in their stories. These principles aren’t all that novel — taken alone, they can feel like empty inspirational clichés.

Yet the personal stories of these high achievers show…


Tips on breaking into the opaque world of non-profit and political jobs in Washington DC

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Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

The morning of the 2016 presidential election, I stood on risers in the East Room of the White House, watching President Obama wrap up his talk. “Be kind, be useful, be fearless,” he told us, the White House Interns, at the end of an hour of questions. He waved us off, and we loped back to our offices, determined to go off into the world and do just that. …


Tactics that will make your application to this prestigious scholarship program stand out

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As any good millennial would do, the moment I decided to apply to the Gates Cambridge, I turned to the internet for tips. Turns out there’s a plethora of official guidance on the Gates application, but almost no firsthand accounts. Look up other major scholarships, like the Rhodes and Fulbright, and you’ll find personal experiences aplenty. But for the Gates, there’s… pretty much nothing.

This means if you don’t know someone who got the scholarship, you’re out of the loop. People who have direct contact with those on the “inside” of any group are always at an advantage. …


Wildlife populations are in freefall, and it’s our fault. Here are 9 things you can do to help.

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Photo by Thomas Dils, Unsplash

Spring is baby season in the world of wildlife rehabilitation. In Southern California where I worked as a volunteer rehabilitator for four years, baby season meant receiving boxes of baby crows, crates of rotund baby raccoons, and deliveries of shivering fawns, baby owls, and needle-toothed coyote pups.

People brought possums, ravens, and hummingbirds so small they could fit on your fingertip. Rabbits. Squirrels. Bobcats. So many babies.

The vast majority of these babies weren’t orphaned naturally. People had intervened, sometimes maliciously, but…

Madeleine Ary Hahne

Sailor, PhD Student, Naturalist, and New Mother

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