Undergraduate Inspirations

  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” – Simon Sinek – 2009 YouTube video

    submitted by Ken Mulliken on 9/25/2018 (running time 18:01)

  • This is the third most popular TED video of all time.  Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others?  Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike?  Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?  People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with the question WHY.  They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.  START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.  Sinek calls this powerful idea, “The Golden Circle,” and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built and people can be inspired.
  • Sullivan Ballou Letter

    Sullivan Ballou was a lawyer from Rhode Island, and an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He is remembered for this eloquent and inspirational letter he wrote to his wife one week before he was killed in the First Battle of Bull Run, in 1861.

  • View The Sullivan-Ballou Letter and Video.