Small Things

Listen to “Small Things” by Fred Smith After years of pursuing high impact philanthropy and broad systemic change this is a time for many to resist being swept away by the enormity of [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

Listen to “Our Secret Inquietude” by Fred Smith   After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all [...]

Gifts Of A Lifetime

Listen to “Gifts of a Lifetime” by Fred Smith   It’s a familiar scene made even more so by movies and novels: the reading of the last will and testament. The somber family [...]

The Light Years

Listen to “The Light Years” by Fred Smith   “Papa, how old are you?” my young grandson asked.   “I’m 73.” “Whoa, and you are not dead yet?” That was pretty much the end of the [...]

Unfinished

Listen to “Unfinished” by Fred Smith   Transitions from the founder to the next leader are notoriously difficult. Everyone is at risk in one way or another. Founders are often [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]

The Inconvenient Elder

Listen to “The Inconvenient Elder” by Fred Smith   The creation of wealth often spurs an unexpected reaction in the next generation. During the 12th and early 13th centuries, [...]

And In The End

Listen to “And In The End” by Fred Smith   My opening talk at the annual conference in September 2001 was the first for me. That night was only two weeks after the attack on the [...]

Dirty Money

Listen to “Dirty Money” by Fred Smith   The destructive power of a hurricane when it makes landfall is often multiplied by the spawning of numerous tornadoes from the outer [...]