Michael Lopez

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10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

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The 24-hour guide to fantastic men's grooming

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>We asked our friends at MR PORTER.COM, the men's style destination with same-day delivery in Manhattan and London, for expert style</i> …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

Mark Cuban shares his top 5 tips for 20-somethings

He remembers that when he first moved into their apartment, things were so cramped that he'd come in at night after bartending and have to sleep on the couch or, if that was occupied, the floor. He kept his belongings in a heap.<p>Cuban didn't have much of a technology background but landed a job …

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More details on ex-NFL player Darren Sharper's sexual assault plea deal reveal what his life will be like after prison

If two judges sign off on the plea deal, the sentences in the four cases are to be served concurrently. That means Sharper would only be imprisoned for the length of the longest sentence, the 20-year sentence for the charges in New Orleans. In that case, Sharper has agreed to plea guilty to two …

5 Tips to Help You Stay Productive at Work

<i>This is part of the Increased Productivity series where experts in productivity, brain training, and business success share the techniques and tools they couldn't live without.</i><p>Almost every individual who works for a living has experienced, or has been experiencing, productivity issues in the …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Here's what happened when I drank a green smoothie instead of coffee every morning for a week

I fire up my French press immediately, take 15 minutes to become business casual appropriate, guzzle my liquid energy, and am out the door just before 8. I join the masses and power walk down New York City's bustling Fifth Avenue to my office, where instant oats and coffee number two await.<p>While …

Cannes 2015: 30 films we'd like to see

Photograph: PR<p>Cate Blanchett in Carol<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/3/30/1427709103744/171edaa3-3b78-4621-bb66-d530fe2e2095-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>Cate Blanchett in …

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A scientist who wants to contact aliens has a plan to beam the entire internet into space

One scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, doesn't want to send just one message: He wants to broadcast billions of messages by transmitting the entire internet into space.<p>"Such a large corpus — with its text, pictures, videos and sounds — would allow clever …

The 10 Best Party Beaches On Earth

<i>By the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>These are the world's best beaches to eat, drink and play, as chosen by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers.<p><b>10. Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece</b><p><i>Courtesy Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort</i><p>If the name alone isn't enough of a hook, Super Paradise Beach on the island's …

Magic just showed its first product to investors on Monday — now it may be worth $40 million

Magic — the service that lets you text a number and get "anything you want as long as it's not illegal" — is raising $12 million from Sequoia Capital at a $40 million valuation, just a few days after graduating from the Y Combinator startup accelerator program, reports TechCrunch.<p>If Sequoia is …

Bill Gates recommended these 6 books for TED 2015

He recently wrote a list of recommended reads in honor of the TED 2015 conference on his blog, and they include thoroughly Gatesian themes: business, history, and public health.<p>They are:<p>1. "Business Adventures" by John Brooks<p>A collection of John Brooks' writings for the New Yorker published in …

The 25 most popular travel destinations in the world

Millions of TripAdvisor users weighed in and voted for their top travel destinations around the world.<p>For the first time, travelers ranked Marrakech, Morocco, as the top travel destination in the world. Last year, it ranked at No. 6. And while perennial favorites like Paris and Rome made the list, …

QuoTED 2015: Some of our favorite quotations from this year's conference

In our last five years of attending the conference, TED 2015 might have been the best yet. Now firmly settled in its new Vancouver, BC home, this year’s production was deep, meaningful and overall more simple than in years past. Performances were moving, but not shocking. Talks were grouped in a …

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Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

<i>On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a 23-year-old student asked: "What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?" Hundreds of answers poured in, and this one by Quora contributor Andy Giroux was one of our favorites. You can contribute your own answers to this</i> …

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

30 tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

But it's an ever-changing job market. One day a skill is hot and the next it's not.<p>Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills.<p>Dice, a tech-job-hunting site, surveyed 23,470 IT professionals in the fall of 2014 to come up with this list.<p>Of …

Here's What Comfort Food Looks Like Around the World

Every culture has its comfort foods--the dishes that do more than just fill your stomach. They play on your senses and remind you of your home and your traditions. So let's take a little culinary journey, shall we? Here's what comfort food looks like around the world.<p><b>Canada: Poutine</b><p>The Canadian …

10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo has pulled out of China.</b> The company has axed between 200 and 300 employees.<p><b>2. Starbucks took its recently launched race relations campaign into the annual shareholders' meeting.</b> Instead of limiting the conversation to proxy statements and financial results, the coffee giant talked …

7 Pro Tips for Making Tofu Delicious

Tofu can be totally delicious, but you need to know how to use it. Here, seven super-smart tips from star chefs and F&W’s Test Kitchen on cooking …

Here's the remarkably simple secret to forming lifelong habits

<i>What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.</i><i><br>—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars</i><p>As I studied habits, I slowly began to recognize the tremendous importance of the time of beginning.<p>The most important step is the first step. …

Why smart companies will start giving data back to their users

If you’ve been to a marketing conference in the last few years, you’ve probably heard how data has become the new oil of the digital economy. Many companies are accumulating their stockpiles of this new digital fuel via loyalty programs, web analytics tools, and CRM systems.<p>But all of the data …