Michael Mooney

Michael Mooney
Michael J. Mooney is a journalist who writes for D Magazine, GQ, ESPN: The Magazine, Outside, SUCCESS and Popular Mechanics. He is co-director of the annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. His stories have appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Crime Reporting. He lives in Dallas with his fiancée, Tara, and their retired racing greyhound.

How to Create the Perfect Conditions for Deep Focus

By Michael Mooney | October 12, 2020

‘Deep work’ can help you do what you do best in a world full of distractions. Here are tips for making the time and space to think deeply.

How to Tell a Joke Like Elon Musk

By Michael Mooney | June 24, 2020

Elon Musk has used different kinds of jokes over the years to both engage the public and build his various companies. You can make humor a leadership trait, too.

Elon Musk

Visionary Lessons From Elon Musk

By Michael Mooney | June 23, 2020

The career of our foremost modern visionary offers plenty of lessons. Who better to learn from in this time of uncertainty than Elon Musk?

The Creation of Pencils of Promise

By Michael Mooney | October 24, 2017

How Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber and Usher helped build schools around the world.

When Scooter Braun’s Dad Called Him a Liar

By Michael Mooney | October 10, 2017

The talent manager learned an important lesson at a young age.

Scooter Braun Stands Up

By Michael Mooney | October 9, 2017

Most famous for the pop stars he manages, the music mogul is ready to be an influential leader in his own right.

The Interesting Thing About Wolf Blitzer

By Michael Mooney | September 7, 2017

How does someone remain so consistent in a career that has spanned more than three decades?

3 Places You Shouldn’t Bring Your Smartphone

By Michael Mooney | July 25, 2017

Simon Sinek argues against the age of hyper-connectedness.

The Beautiful Mind of Simon Sinek

By Michael Mooney | July 11, 2017

Simon Sinek has published two best-selling books about leadership and business. Both Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last sold millions of copies, in multiple languages. He also wrote a small hardcover “book of inspiration” called Together is Better, and he has a new paperback, Why the Why, out later this year. When I interviewed…

Simon Sinek: The Secret to Leadership and Millennials Is Simply Purpose

By Michael Mooney | July 10, 2017

We have millions of disaffected but purpose-driven young people who need to be treated with dignity, as individuals not numbers.