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Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

“We’re all our own worst critics.” Ever heard that one before?<p>Yes, it’s an obnoxious cliché, but it’s not just self-help fluff. Evolutionary psychologists have studied our natural “negativity bias,” which is that instinct in us all that makes negative experiences seem more significant than they …

Mindfulness

Constantly In Overdrive? Five Strategies To Reduce Stress

As executives, many of us are extremely disciplined. We are masterful at perseverance and getting things done. At first glance, we might think that because we operate well under pressure, we have become immune to the stress of working in such high-tension environments. However, the opposite is …

Mindfulness

What's the Mindset That Defines the Most Successful People? It's What Most of Us Are Missing

Without it, it's impossible to innovate and grow, says billionaire Richard Branson.<p>Nobody likes to fail. Yet failure is the secret to success. If you haven't been rejected a number of times, the current mantra goes, you just haven't experienced success.<p>Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, …

Self-improvement

PS4 heading into end of its life cycle, PlayStation CEO says

Sony prioritizing PSN and PlayStation Plus<p>The PlayStation 4 is still going strong, but as hardware sales begin to decline, Sony is focusing more on the online services and subscriptions that are tied to the platform, the company said today during its annual Investor Relations Day.<p>Three years ago, …

Gaming

The American backyard as we know it didn't exist until after World War II

With summer so close you can almost smell the mesquite smoke wafting from your neighbor’s grill, many Americans are setting their minds to clearing …

Smithsonian

Facebook is full of could-be CEOs — but no one ever leaves

“The stakes are more intense than ever.”<p>This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.<p>The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months because of Russia or Cambridge Analytica or Myanmar or one of numerous other company oversights, shuffled its executive deck in a major way. …

Social Media

How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. …

Woodworking

Behind Seattle’s Amazon Tax: Seething Tensions, Livid Neighbors, and Rising Rents

It was, as the local public radio station said, the day “Seattle Nice” died. On May 2, the residents of Seattle were hit with a one-two punch. For …

Urban Design

China is the greatest, growing threat to America

China has outlined strategies for 2018, 2025 and 2050 all designed to displace the United States as the dominant global economic and national …

China

4 Writers to Watch This Summer

<b>In ‘The Incendiaries,’ a Debut<br>Novelist Reckons With Lost Faith</b><p>R.O. Kwon’s loss of faith was a slow unfurling. By the time she was 17, years of reading and inhabiting the minds and worlds of non-Christians had caught up with her, and “it became impossible to believe that all these other people were …

Books

How a Hole Punch Shaped Public Perception of the Great Depression

The notorious photo editor who introduced “America to Americans.”<p>From his office at the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in Washington, D.C., Roy …

Great Depression

A minor league baseball team demonstrates how not to market to millennials

One big challenge business owners and managers face today is dealing with the millennial generation — those generally considered to be between the ages of 18 and 34. Many of us are constantly trying to figure out how to make our brand attractive to these consumers. Here’s some advice: Don’t do what …

Minor League Baseball

The message of material: How the Obama Center gets built looms large

It would be going too far to say that the Chicago Plan Commission didn’t know what it was voting for when its members overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed Obama Presidential Center on Thursday. But in a way, that’s what happened. One of the architects even said so afterward.<p>The “outline has been …

Architecture

The rise of Patreon – the website that makes Jordan Peterson $80k a month

In five years, online membership service Patreon has attracted two million patrons supporting 100,000 ‘creators’ to the tune of $350m – including nearly $1m a year for rightwing psychologist Jordan Peterson. So what’s the secret of its success?<p>The internet has transformed creative industries. …

Jordan Peterson

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s bride: A ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the Royal family

Meghan Markle was glaring at her love interest. She leaned forward, fury clear in her expression as she asked the question: <i>Was it so hard to believe one of her parents was black?</i><p>“You think,” she spat, “this is just a year-round tan?”<p>Portraits of Meghan Markle from eighth, ninth and 12th grades. …

Royal Family

The 3 Dumbest Business Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make Most Often

Don't be superficial. Don't chase too many opportunities. And do sweat the small stuff.<p>Most new entrepreneurs make terrible, dumb mistakes that crash their businesses before they can even get started.<p>They make these grave mistakes not because they are unintelligent, have low IQs or possess little …

Entrepreneurship

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.Deck<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>"</i><i>Success can become a catalyst</i> …

Self-improvement

Where Graduates Move After College

A college education is often a ticket to the best career opportunities. For most graduates, that means moving to the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas, boosting the intellectual capital that helps those cities thrive.<p>But the patterns vary widely by city and by institution. Working with EMSI, a …

College & University

Xi Jinping's omnipresent propaganda empire

China’s powerful and well-funded Department of Propaganda has been tasked with building the same kind of personality cult around Xi Jinping that …

China

The Owl Thieves of Sweden

As the country ditches cash, criminals turn to stealing owls.<p>Here’s a dead-end job: Swedish bank robber. In 2016, there were only two bank heists in all of Sweden, compared with 110 eight years earlier. Why the steep plunge? The country’s bent on going cashless.<p>In 1661, Sweden became the first …

Central Banks

John McCain’s Last Fight

The Arizona senator’s twilight struggle with Donald Trump is so bitter because they’re more alike than you think.<p>John McCain always said he’d go down fighting, and so he has, dickering from his deathbed over CIA nominee Gina Haspel and pre-emptively disinviting President Donald Trump from his …

Political Science

In Traditional First-Lady Style, Melania Trump Unveils 'Be Best' Initiative

<b>Updated at 4:31 p.m. ET</b><p>Melania Trump often seems like a reluctant first lady. But she stepped into the spotlight this week to take on a very traditional part of the role.<p>Mrs. Trump unveiled a new initiative Monday, called "Be Best," which she said aims to educate children "about the many issues …

Donald Trump

How A Synesthetic Artist Sees Sounds And Turns Music Into Paintings

<i>Artist Christina Eve has synesthesia, a rare neurological condition that entwines the senses. In Christina Eve's case, she sees sounds. Last year she sent me a handful of her colorful paintings she made based on music she heard and the visions she had when she listened. I was so fascinated by the</i> …

Visual Art

Why MoviePass is the future — even if it doesn’t survive

MoviePass has changed people’s moviegoing habits. What does that mean for the industry?<p>On May 2, echoing the cries of a weary nation, Gizmodo ran an article titled “At This Point, MoviePass Is Just Messing with Us.”<p>It was a response to the many changes that MoviePass had made to its service in the …

MoviePass

The Rise of the Rural Creative Class

A growing body of research shows that innovative businesses are common in rural areas, and rural innovation gets a boost from the arts.<p>One of the most persistent myths in America today is that urban areas are innovative and rural areas are not. While it is overwhelmingly clear that innovation and …

Innovation

The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans

A writer comes face-to-face with the cat deep in the Amazon jungle and left with a new understanding of its surprising resilience to poaching and habitat loss.<p>“There’s a jaguar in the <i>baño</i>,” George Olah told me with a small smile.<p>“Um?” I managed, squinting into the dusky Amazon forest surrounding …

Wildlife

Teen sold a book her late mother left her, but found it again — with a message she missed

When Christine Sexton took her own life at age 41 in a local jail cell, she left no message, never said goodbye, to her teenage daughter.<p>What she did …

Books

The secrets of the ‘high-potential’ personality

Are there six traits that could really mark out your potential to achieve?<p>Are you curious, conscientious and competitive? Do you also have the more mysterious qualities of “high adjustment”, “ambiguity acceptance” and “risk approach”? If so, congratulations! According to new psychological research, …

Psychology

The puzzle of beauty

Rather than a golden ratio or a moral judgment, beauty is more like a radical jolt that awakens us to the world<i>By Shahidha Bari</i>Read at Aeon

Michelle Obama

Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams

New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff details the beloved star’s heartbreaking decline in this exclusive excerpt from Robin, his new biography.<p><i>Robin Williams’s August 2014 suicide was devastating to those who knew him best—and it also came at the end of a long and difficult decline, as this excerpt</i> …

Mind