June 10, 2021
The Unexpected Power of Selflessness: Giving Back for Father’s Day
NBC News/MSNBC Anchor
Author, Enough About Me
June 8, 2021
About the talk
What if your path to a more successful, healthy, and satisfying life is actually not about you?
Seven years ago, Richard Lui walked into his supervisor’s office at NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters, prepared to give up his dream news anchor job. Having just learned of his father’s Alzheimer’s, the journalist wanted to be with him during his important last years, even if it meant setting aside his career. Lui reduced his work hours and joined 53 million Americans in becoming a family caregiver. His book, Enough About Me, is inspired by that decision to live to take care of someone else.
As we look toward celebrating Father’s Day soon, we invite you to join us for this heartfelt fireside chat hosted by Julia Lee Cunningham, where Lui shares how one of the big ideas of our time is more in reach than we thought. How small choices toward selflessness are not a compromise. And as we celebrate the love and learnings that fathers and father figures contribute to our lives, Father’s Day can also be a day for everyone to show that choice by choice, step by step, we can do something bigger than ourselves.
- Visit Richard Lui’s website
- Find viewing information for Lui’s new film, Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation, an inspiring film on today’s students taking care of family with disabilities across America.
- Harvard Business Review articles about compassion fatigue:
- Academic research about moral expansiveness:
- Toward a Psychology of Moral Expansiveness, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science (there may be a fee to read this article)
- The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress, a book available for purchase via Amazon