Weekly Newsletter Update

Dear Subscribers of the “What Will Matter” Weekly Newsletter,  We thank you all for being a loyal subscriber to our “What Will Matter” weekly newsletter.   As Micheal Josephson begins retirement, we will no longer be sending this weekly message.  Rest assured, all of your favorite quotes and commentaries from Michael Josephson will remain archived on www.whatwillmatter.com for you to access and share at any time.  We hope this …

Drake University & CHARACTER COUNTS! Transition

Proud that Scott Raecker and Drake University will be the stewards of CHARACTER COUNTS! and Pursuing Victory with Honor but confess it’s harder than I thought-its like giving a child for adoption knowing the new parents will give the child a much better life.  At 76 it’s time. Looking forward to figuring out how to downsize my life without Character Counts responsibilities and …

COMMENTARY: Celebrating Moral Courage on Independence Day

We call this patriotic holiday Independence Day, the Birthday of America or simply the 4th of July. It celebrates a political act by 56 men who literally risked their lives and fortunes and pledged their sacred honor in issuing one of the greatest documents in human history: The Declaration of Independence. Idealists would have us believe that all these men …

COMMENTARY: Celebrating Democracy on July 4th

It’s easy to get so caught up in the celebratory aspects of holidays that we forget what we’re celebrating. The 4th of July is more than a birthday party for the nation with lavish fireworks displays. It’s about honoring our fortune to live in a fundamentally great country. Even today we’re engaged in the continuous task of refining a national …

The Art of Arguing

“I’m not arguing with you. I’m just explaining why I’m right.”  Does this remind you of anyone?  Do you think this reminds anyone of you?


The huge massive cheating scandal (dubbed Varsity Blues) involving celebrities and millionaires bribing coaches and paying people to take admission exams for their children to get them into elite colleges (including a payment of $6.5 million by a Chinese family to get their daughter into Stanford) is still unfolding. Yet another cheating scandal at UCLA involving Chinese nationals and a …

Never Give Up On Yourself

Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you are sad and alone.  There is not truth in an emotional slump. Never, never give up on yourself. Things will get better if you let them so find a sunny path and start walking.  – Michael Josephson

When Someone Treats You Poorly…

When someone is nasty, treat you poorly or simply ignores you don’t take it personally.It says nothing about you but a lot about them.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Michael Josephson is honored to be named a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World. Congrats to his fellow 2019 honorees: Bart Alexander, Richard Fagerlin, Ellen Hunt & Deb Mills-Scofield.  See the press release here: https://trustacrossamerica.com/offerings-thought-leaders.shtml Read more about the work the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees are doing here:https://trustacrossamerica.com/offerings-thought-leaders.shtml

Knowledge is POWER!

Knowledge is POWER!  Read more of Michael’s favorite quotes on the importance on never ending learning here –https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/03/best-quotes-ever-teaching-learning-education/

Hate Destroys Values

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.  Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away at its vital unity. Hate destroys man’s sense of values and his objectivity. – MLK Jr. Read more of Michael Josephson‘s favorite quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. here –https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/01/quotes-the-smartest-and-best-things-dr-martin-luther-king-ever-said-58-quotes-worth-reading/


THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH. More than ever in my lifetime we are faced between a stark choice of how we see ourselves. There is the message of “America first” grounded in a form of “me first” selfishness that sees competitors, opponents and enemies everywhere. It’s a message that spawns unkind, intolerant and ungenerous attitudes about our fellow human beings. And …

Thousand Points of Light

Let us praise and be grateful for the men and women who seek significance in SERVICE and know that it is both noble and gratifying to dedicate at least a portion of their lives to helping others. “I have spoken of a Thousand Points of Light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing …


Dear Michael,  I found this photo of you presenting me with my certificate of completion of your “Ethics Corps“ training in 1991. I still have the three-ring binder with all your notes. It reminded me of how influential you have been to so many including me over more than 30 years.  I recall with pleasure your address to our annual …

Don’t Waste Time Wishing

Don’t Waste Time Wishing Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.– Alexander WoolcottSubscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

Who Is Accountable?

IS IT ENOUGH YET? Can we overcome our basest instincts and listen to our better angels? How sad that a good week for me, highlighted by an unlikely unanimous endorsement of CHARACTER COUNTS! by the Senate supported by a Presidential proclamation followed by an exhilarating 18 inning World Series game win makes my small joy and pride seem shallow an …

We Are In A Dangerous Place

WE ARE IN A DANGEROUS PLACE. Rhetoric that stokes anger, whether intentional or careless, unleashes the latent demons of unstable haters. Those who demean calls for civility and respectful discourse as political correctness are not part of a solution, they are a cause of the problem. We must hold our politicians and those of us who empower them accountable to …


US Senate and President Declare: Character Counts Week!. At a time dominated by news of mail bombs and verbal grenades from zealous partisans, who would have thought it was possible that the entire United State Senate and the President could agree that, of all things, that character still counts? Well, it happened through a unanimously endorsed Resolution and Presidential Proclamation declaring the third …


TO CONFIRM OR NOT CONFIRM: A SERIOUS TUTORIAL ON EVIDENCE AND PROOF (You need patience for this law school level article but if you find this helpful please share.) Folks who keep saying there is no evidence supporting Prof Ford’s allegations simply don’t understand the legal standards of evidence and the related concept of the burdens of proof. I hope …

Thoughts on the Life of John McCain

JOHN MCCAIN. Whether you agreed with him or not, he was a man fully and truly worthy of admiration and respect. His physical courage as a POW is legendary but his legacy is his character. He was a true model of responsible and sincere patriotism, moral courage and selfless service. He should be the role model for all of us, …

The Positive Thinker

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. Read more of Michael Josephson‘s thoughts on keeping a positive attitude here:https://whatwillmatter.com/2016/10/commentary-801-3-convering-pessimists-into-optimists/

Stand Together & Be Kind

Yeah my friends are different. Do you have a problem with that? STAND TOGETHER! Be kind. Read more of Michael Josephson‘s thoughts on being a TRUE friend here: https://whatwillmatter.com/2013/07/poster-quote-true-friendship-a-z-by-michael-josephson/

Stand Up For Yourself

Stand Up For Yourself  WHATEVER YOU ALLOW, YOU ENCOURAGE. Stand up for yourself. Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson atwww.whatwillmatter.com

Be A Builder

Be A Builder  The world is full of critics proud of their ability to see flaws and condemn failure. The world needs doers who use the same ability to identify the opportunities in every deficiency. Doers build a better world by seeking solutions. Critics only see problems in every solution. Doers sees flaws and try to fix them; Cynics only …

Magnify Your Influence

The only way to magnify your influence is to motivate others to do what you want done. – Michael Josephson Read more of Michael’s favorite quotes on leadership here: https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/02/50-best-ever-quotes-leadership/

Create a Culture of Kindness

Create a Culture of Kindness Stand together against bullying. Create a culture of kindness. Meanness can’t survive where kindness dwells. Michael Josephson writes more on standing up against bullying in his commentary “The Antidote to Bullying” – https://whatwillmatter.com/2017/01/commentary-meanness-bullying/


A SALUTE TO MOTHERS Motherhood is a profoundly challenging and important life role that dwarfs all others. Being a great mom is a spectacularly difficult achievement. Being a really good mom is just slightly less difficult. And being a good mom most of the time is a truly worthy a accomplishment. Even those who tried and too often, in their …