WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 an interview with david mccullough, jr. with their talents and advantages. He ended his now famous speech with a call to action: Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satis- factions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion—and those who follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest "A middle-aged, mild-mannered English teacher doesn't expect limousines in his driveway or TV cameras aimed at him." joys of life, then, come only with the recog- nition that you're not special. Because everyone is. Congratulations. Good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives. Ecco, the publisher of McCullough's book, describes it as, "a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling life." In keeping with this English teacher's tried-and-true lessons on how to engage readers, the publisher entices us with both a provocative context and thesis for the book: "The intense pressure to excel discourages kids from taking chances, failing, and learn- ing empathy and self-confidence from those failures…By acknowledging that the world is indifferent to them, McCullough takes pressure off of students to be extraordinary achievers and instead exhorts them to roll up their sleeves and do something useful with their advantages." Back in his classroom at Wellesley High, David McCullough, Jr. shared his perspec- tive with WellesleyWeston Magazine on teens today and on You Are Not Special…and Other Encouragements, released in April 2014. 060-069_WWMb14_f2f_McCullough_v4_WWM_interview 4/24/14 2:11 PM Page 62

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