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The world is full of specialists, technical experts, and people who love to complicate things. There is a minefield of misinformation out there that confuses us about how to cope with life. Exercising, eating, and getting our brains in gear have somehow become mysteries. Well, if I have any ability as a doctor, it is the ability to simplify complicated things.
Never work just for money or for power.
Marian Wright Edelman
This was one of twenty-five life lessons that Edelman laid out in The Measure of Our Success A Letter to My Children and Yours (1992). About money and power, she explained, “They won’t save your soul or build a decent family or help you sleep at night.” Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, also offered this lesson:
“The U.S. economy, once the envy of the world, is now viewed across the globe with suspicion. America has become shackled by an immovable mountain of debt that endangers its prosperity and threatens to bring the rest of the world economy crashing down with it.”
International Herald Tribune, 2007
From 2008–2009, the world experienced what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its 2009 World Economic Outlook called “by far the deepest global recession since the Great Depression.” This economic downturn was sparked by a global financial crisis.