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Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

Why Being Bored Is Good

Technology keeps us constantly stimulated. What do we lose when we no longer have nothing to do?

Monday, Jul 15, 2019

It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done

In other words, just getting it done — whether that’s a decision you have to make or work you have to do — will leave you more satisfied than if you had agonized over the task in the pursuit of perfection. Even better, you’ll actually finish.

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

The Global Economy Runs on Parties You’re Not Invited To: The robots may take over, but high-end schmoozing will never die.

The internet was supposed to pull down gatekeepers and middlemen. It was supposed to make decision-making rational, data-driven and cost effective. But that really hasn’t happened anywhere — at least not completely. Instead, as the world digitized, we just got new gatekeepers, new middlemen, and new hangers-on. We got new cool kids running the show.

Thursday, Jul 4, 2019

Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

A college education is still considered a pathway to higher lifetime earnings and gainful employment for Americans. Nevertheless, two-thirds of employees report having regrets when it comes to their advanced degrees, according to a PayScale survey of 248,000 respondents this past spring that was released Tuesday.

Friday, Jun 28, 2019

Your Morning Routine Doesn’t Matter That Much

But striving for A Morning Routine — the jam-packed, hyper-productive exercise we’ve come to discuss with so much reverence — is just one more way people set themselves up to fail. Forcing yourself through the motions of someone else’s idea of success, without stopping to consider your individual wants and needs, is a quick ticket to a lot of guilt and frustration.

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

The science behind why some of us are shy

To certain people, mingling at a party or talking to a crowded room is the stuff of nightmares. Why are some of us hardwired to be shy?

Friday, Jun 21, 2019

When Ignoring a Text Is the Polite Thing to Do

We don’t communicate the same way we used to, so why should the old rules of etiquette apply? In the era of social media and texting, here’s a thought: Not replying to a request should be an implied “polite no.”

Remember the ‘10,000 Hours’ Rule for Success? Forget About It

Folk wisdom holds the trade-off between breadth and depth to be a cruel one: “jack-of-all-trades, master of none,” and so forth. And a lot of thinking in current pop-psychology agrees. To attain genuine excellence in any area — sports, music, science, whatever — you have to specialize, and specialize early: That’s the message. … But this message is perversely wrong — so David Epstein seeks to persuade us in “Range.”

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

The Freedom Ladder

Have you ever seen a painter use a scaffold? It’s a ladder you construct to get from ground level up to the elevation you want to be. Getting freedom from your job is similar. You figure out how to build a scaffold, and get yourself closer and closer to your goal.

Monday, Jun 10, 2019

A sense of purpose could prolong your life

… a study published on May 24 in JAMA Current Open adds to the growing body of knowledge on the link between health and a driving force, finding that purposefulness is tied to longer lives.

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019

The Surprising Benefits of Relentlessly Auditing Your Life

We tend to think that good marriages and happy families are born of love and care, not spreadsheets. But what if that’s wrong?

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019

How to Get Every Email Returned Or at least how to try.

We’re all writers now. We fling words out into the universe through text, email, Facebook and more. Even people who hate writing have to do it, because you need to text your husband back, write your boss a condolence note and do better on Tinder than “hey.”

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019

Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Whether you’re backpacking through Europe, learning new skills or strengthening your relationships, learning to invest in yourself is the best way to improve yourself. After all, if you exchange your time and effort now for increased skills and knowledge, you‘ll create a better future with more satisfaction and fulfillment.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Why Do You Grab Your Bag When Running Off a Burning Plane?

As passengers fled a burning plane in Moscow, some stopped to get their luggage. Don’t be too quick to judge.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Be yourself is terrible advice

Take a better lesson from philosophy and me, a reformed loudmouth.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I Can't Do Anything for Fun Anymore; Every Hobby Is an Attempt to Make Money

Now, as a young adult, I feel like I completely lost that spontaneity and simple mindset. Every project which I take up has become an attempt to make money.

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online

Writing online is the fastest way to accelerate your career. It’s the best way to learn faster, build your resume, and find peers and collaborators who can create job and business opportunities for you. Content builds on itself. It multiplies and compounds.

The Paint Drop Method for Figuring Out What To Do with Your Life (and Becoming the Best in the World At It)

So, if you’re not quite sure what to do with your life, putting yourself in a position to get autonomy, mastery, and purpose is a good starting point.

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

It took a century to create the weekend—and only a decade to undo it

But the week is man-made, arbitrary, a substance not found in nature. That seven-day cycle in which we mark our meetings, mind birthdays, and overstuff our iCals—buffered on both ends by those promise-filled 48 hours of freedom—only holds us in place because we invented it.

Friday, Apr 19, 2019

How to Read 80ish Books a Year (And Actually Remember Them)

“We feel the need to finish books, even if we’re bored by them. This often gets in the way of people reading because they start a book and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s boring.’ Well, that’s fine. Put the book down and start another book. Most people don’t do that because we’ve been taught since a very young age at school and at home that we start what we finish…It’s the author’s job to convince you to read the book.