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The Secret To Unleashing Genius

Amazon isn’t an easy place to work. Its managers set steep goals, scrimp on budgets and expect long hours. But there aren’t many better places to be employed if you like the messy work of coming up with new ideas, because its billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos, has made that a priority for everyone …

Why Being An Eternal Newbie Leads To Awesome Work

Set yourself in beginner mode. Develop a beginner’s mind. Our tools are constantly changing, so we need to get real good at learning.<p>“You will be newbie forever,” declared <i>Wired</i> cofounder Kevin Kelly. “Get good at the beginner mode, learning new programs, asking dumb questions, making stupid …

Learning

7 Simple Productivity Tips You Can Apply Today, Backed by Science

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve started to cover a lot of heavily scientific articles recently here on the Buffer blog. And judging by the spread …

Productivity

Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule

Forty years ago, in a paper in <i>American Scientist</i>, Herbert Simon and William Chase drew one of the most famous conclusions in the study of expertise:<p>There are no instant experts in chess—certainly no instant masters or grandmasters. There appears not to be on record any case (including Bobby …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

Daniel Kahneman’s Approach For Making Better Decisions

Bob Sutton's book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, contains an interesting section towards the end on looking back …

20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do

I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness. …

Self-help

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (113 Models Explained)

How do you think the most rational people in the world operate their minds? How do they make better decisions?<p>They do it by mentally filing away a …

British Philosophy

How To Think

Sebastian Garcia made a mistake but he couldn't figure it out. At the 2011 National Junior High Chess Championship he was looking strong and heading …

How Olympians Stay Motivated

Mindfulness, self-talk, and an obscure chunk of the brain help elite athletes get through the training grind.<p>Until the 1990s, Olympic figure skating included a segment called “compulsory figures,” in which athletes would slowly trace precise, intricate shapes into the ice, and judges would inspect …

Plank position for beginners

We all know plank position is good for us. But. Um. What if you lack the core strength needed to suck in the gut and engage the back, glutes and quad muscles — all while balancing between your toes and elbows?<p>Answer: You slowly and carefully work your way up to it, says fitness expert Tosca Reno, …

Scientists Make a Sponge Sneeze

Danielle Ludeman and Sally Leys at the University of Alberta have made a sponge sneeze. The researchers say this suggests sponges have a sensory …

Animation brings classical paintings to stunning life

Artist and animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro uses CGI techniques to create an animated love letter to classical art.<p>Beauty, asserts Italian artist and animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, is fleeting. And although the art of yesteryear certainly captures it, it's of moments frozen in time, lacking …

Animation

A Little Something 4 Everyone!

Spread the Cute:<p>“I’m a computer science student at Glasgow University and I’ve just finished creating an interactive gallery of the top-scoring posts …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Elon Musk

Humorous Photos of Dogs Caught Mid-Lick

Photographer Ty Foster carves a niche in photography by shooting images of our canine friends, and very occasionally some fellow humans. His latest …

National Geographic Travel

Sudden Progress on Prime Number Problem Has Mathematicians Buzzing

On May 13, an obscure mathematician — one whose talents had gone so unrecognized that he had worked at a Subway restaurant to make ends meet — …

Meeting the known unknowns at the FTC’s internet of things workshop

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/A-R-T<p>Hacked pacemakers. Connected homes that show when your kid is at home and what they are watching. …

Apple Likes To Say Its Products Have The Best Displays; It Can Stop

While Apple likes to make a point that specs don’t make a product, it has been at the forefront of bringing better and better screens to customers in recent years, raising the bar for the entire industry in the process. The most important step came in 2010, when Apple introduced the iPhone 4 and …

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42 Great Photos and Photography Links from the Last 7 Days

As another terrific week in the world of photography passes us by, Toad Hollow Photography has been focused on finding links to the best tutorials, …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

An elephant bull attacking a hippopotamus, butterflies fighting and deforestation are among this week's pick of images from the natural world

What It's Like to Live on a Ship Sailing Through the Antarctic Ice

The beauty around the Earth coldest, driest, continent provides experiences that "are like touching infinity."<p>In the middle of February, a team of scientists set sail from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for a two-month mission around the frigid waters. For the first week or so, they never saw the sun …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …