Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to Do Life: what they didn't teach you in school

I've just written THIS article for Mensa's national magazine, the Mensa Bulletin. It contains some of the best ideas from my recently completed book manuscript, How to Do Life: what they didn't teach you in school.

It offers not-obvious but helpful ideas on career, recreation, money, education, coupling, parenting, spirituality, plus a few all-purpose tips for living the life well-led.


Greg said...

Awesome article, Marty. Really quite well written. "Be in the moment." I could not agree more.

Robert said...

Good grief, I didn't realize that you played the piano, Dr. Nemko, in addition to all your other talents.

Anonymous said...

Another one knocked clean out of the park, Marty!

Marty Nemko said...

Then, Robert, perhaps you might enjoy the piano concert I gave at my home.

I put a video of the concert online:

Dave said...

"One caveat: Some very religious people wait for God to provide. You must do your part."


What must we do? According to atheists and secular humanism, our labors and sacrifices will end in nothing. So why should we inquire, build, cultivate and innovate? Are we supposed to be working toward a common end? If so, then what is it? What drives us to do anything if we are bereft of a common enterprise?

Marty Nemko said...


We are to work to make the world better, not because we hope to end up in the non-existent heaven but, simply, because it is the right thing to do.

Dave said...

So, as beneficiaries of our ancestors, we are under obligation to improve what we have received for the sake of those who come after us. It is our responsibility to form a long-range perspective for our descendants. I agree with this principle, but is this it? Is this the one and only principle? If so, we are failing miserably.

Man's quest to create a more pleasure-filled, joyful world has not resulted in the grand utopia that exists in the minds of all thinking men. Political freedom, materialism and economic prosperity, and education have not brought about the spiritual fulfillment and grand utopia man has longed for.

Modern science predicts the end of the world. At least in the Christian Gospel, our knowledge and efforts transcend time and space. What has meaning now will have meaning in the hereafter.

Marty Nemko said...

There are many paths to finding meaning. If yours comes in a common faith and belief in the hereafter, of course, I have no problem with that.

For me, it is simply a belief that while the world will never be perfect, indeed may even be going to hell in a hand-basket, I feel my role in life is to do what I can to make things better. Simply because.


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