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How Gabriel Bristol Went From Homeless to CEO | Inc.com

But at dinner, the men he thought were so impressive just complained: MetLife didn't give them good enough leads, it had taken too long for them to reach their $200,000 annual salaries, and so on. Bristol was shocked. These guys made twice what he did, and they didn't seem all that smart or …

We should love material things more than we do now, not less – Nick Thorpe

On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island <i>moai</i>, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his …

The Nicotine Fix

America’s cigarette addiction may seem to be mostly over. But low-income Americans continue to smoke—and die—at alarming rates. A radical new strategy could help them quit once and for all.<p><i>A custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in</i> …

Anxiety isn’t just a useless emotion; it’s also a moral goad – Charlie Kurth

At a dinner party, you find yourself seated next to a man named Sam. He’s a new acquaintance, but it turns out the two of you have several friends in …

Boston University

Can we consume our way to a fairer, more prosperous society? – Florian Schui

Westerners are constantly worrying about consuming too much and living too well. This is not a new concern. For at least the past 2,000 years we have …

The White Ghetto

In Appalachia the country is beautiful and the society is broken.<p><i>Owsley County, Ky. —</i> There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast …

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

And other insights from a ground-breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement<p>One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, …

We Don't Need No Education

In early September, in a clapboard house situated on 43 acres just outside a small town in northern Vermont, two boys awaken. They are brothers; the older is 12, the younger 9, and they rise to a day that has barely emerged from the clutches of dark. It is not yet autumn, but already the air has …

Why Is It Hard for Liberals to Talk About 'Family Values'?

Racial tensions, a fear of appearing judgmental, and the sexual revolution ...?<p>Michael Gil/Flickr<p>Are "family values" a taboo topic for the left? For one thing, there may be a language problem. "Family values terminology is so closely connected to the 1980s and Jerry Falwell-esque way of framing it …

Bullying junior medical staff is one way to harm patients – Ilana Yurkiewicz

He comes to the operating room late, greets no one, and berates the nurse for not setting up the stepstools the way he likes. He tells the resident …

Philip Gould wrestles with the meaning, and ecstasy, of impending death

Health

Are kids today praise junkies, or is that just a myth? – Carlin Flora

When I took my son to visit my parents in South Carolina six months ago, my father yelled out ‘Good job!’ after I finished rinsing some dishes one …

Psychology