Athletes, musicians, and actors have long formed the core of the cult of personality. But they know—or at least should—that their celebrity status is fragile. Despite his brilliant play, Manny Machado’s flip comment about not being a hustle guy will likely cost him tens of millions of dollars over his career. Roseanne Barr’s impulsively repugnant Tweet deep-sixed her comeback. For this brand of celebrity, though, that which lifted them is precisely that which casts them down. There might be a lot of tabloid buzz when they self-destruct. We might be disappointed in our favored ones. But that’s about it. … [Read more...] about Celebrity CEOs: Are They Flirting with Disaster?
Ronald Pies MD is a physician, poet, and writer living in the Boston area. He has academic appointments at Tufts University and Upstate Medical University, and is the author of several psychiatric textbooks. Dr. Pies is also the author of "Creeping Thyme" (a collection of poems); "Zimmerman's Tefillin" (a short story collection) and "Everything Has Two Handles: The Stoic's Guide to the Art of Living." Dr. Pies's novella, "Ben Maimon's Mind", (link) is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle book. His most recent books include "Becoming a Mensch: Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone" (Hamilton Books); "The Judaic Foundations of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy" (iUniverse); "Ziprin's Ghost" (short story collection) and “The Heart Broken Open” (poetry chapbook), the last two available only at Harvard Book Store in-house publishing. He is now at work on a book unifying Jewish, Buddhist, and Stoic beliefs, titled, … [Read more...] about Sometimes, Happiness is a Choice