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Friday, Dec 14, 2018

The Last Curious Man

The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

The Case for Dropping Out of College

Is spending $200,000 and four years pretend-learning really the best, most cost-effective way to become a better person?

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

The NPR host offers eight spicy tips for having better conversations.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

Designing cities to counter loneliness? Let’s explore the possibilities

Do you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think it’s a personal mental health issue, the collective social impact is an epidemic.

Friday, Dec 7, 2018

How Restaurants Got So Loud

Restaurants are so loud because architects don’t design them to be quiet. Much of this shift in design boils down to changing conceptions of what makes a space seem upscale or luxurious, as well as evolving trends in food service.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

You probably won’t make it to the top

That’s a game worth winning: The one played with yourself for your own betterment. Not the one played against others, measured against them. Screw that game.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

The myth of self-control

Psychologists say using willpower to achieve goals is overhyped. Here’s what actually works.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018

The Millennial Obsession With Starting Over

We pick up and move from city to city, trying on new identities but rarely sticking with them. It’s going to cost us.

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

How to get strangers to help you.

Here’s how to write great cold messages asking for advice.

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

The Art of Making You Feel Small

Confidence doesn’t have to be a zero sum game. When you know, love, and are at peace with who you are you can work smarter, better, and harder simply because your ego is out of the way. When you remove ego-stoking as your top priority, you’re freed up to actually work! So go, do great work! Don’t just live to feed an ego that will never be satisfied!

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Can Money Buy Happiness? [In-depth Analysis]

I have analyzed over 150 weeks of compiled personal data to answer one of the most frequently asked questions of all time: can money buy happiness? The answer is yes, money can definitely buy happiness, but certainly not unconditionally.

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

How to Decide What to Do With Your Life

When you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, consider the fact that humans didn’t always have a choice about their circumstances.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

How a Month without Computers Changed Me

With my last tweet sent, I turn off my laptop, phone, and tablet. My Digital Sabbath begins in 10 minutes: no digital devices for the next month.

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

How to Maximize Serendipity

The best opportunities are the ones you never expected. They’re serendipitous. Serendipity is a state of mind. Serendipity births unexpected opportunities which fuel progress and push us in fruitful directions. By maximizing serendipity, you’ll accelerate your progress. Serendipity is a skill, which means it can be learned.

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

No More “Struggle Porn”

I call this “struggle porn”: a masochistic obsession with pushing yourself harder, listening to people tell you to work harder, and broadcasting how hard you’re working. Struggle porn has normalized sustained failure. It’s made it acceptable to fly to Bali and burn through your life savings trying to launch an Amazon dropshipping business. Made it reasonable to keep living on your parents money for years after graduation while you try to become #instafamous.

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

How to ask a favor

Be direct with your request; 2. Give your reason why; 3. Provide an opportunity for escape.

Friday, Oct 26, 2018

The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause button.

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

The Best Article Ever Written About Bragging

After feeling belittled, I journey into the heart of bragging and discover 17 modes of showing off.

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think

In studies of children and historical figures, IQ falls short as a measure of success.

Friday, Oct 12, 2018

In Praise of Mediocrity

Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it. Hobbies, let me remind you, are supposed to be something different from work. But alien values like “the pursuit of excellence” have crept into and corrupted what was once the realm of leisure, leaving little room for the true amateur.