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How To Read More — A Lot More

When you read a lot of books people inevitably assume you speed read. In fact, that’s probably the most common email I get. They want to know my …

A Leadership Blog: The Power of Noticing

The Power of Noticing<p>Harvard professor Max Bazerman believes in the power of noticing. Sometimes we get so focused on what is right in front of us …

Three Tasks You Should Do Every Day to Stay Happy and Productive

Some days, even the best job can be a bit of a drag. If you want to get things done—but still keep your sanity—Jay Shirley's "Must, Should, Want" …

Happiness

Ish: How a suffix became an independent word, even though it's not in all the dictionaries yet

The canonical use of -<i>ish</i> is as a suffix meaning "approximately," as in bluish, tallish, sixish, or even hungry-ish. This is the definition—the only …

Excerpt: 'Txtng'

Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into everyday English. In his new book, <i>Txtng: The Gr8 Db8</i>, David Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels.<p>Crystal says the concern …

A whole nother language

Embrace your inner American!<p>Lauren Collins, the New Yorker writer who profiled Benjamin Creme in the Nov. 29 issue, described the London-based …

How authors from Dickens to Dr Seuss invented the words we use every day

<b>Butterfingers</b><p>Charles Dickens used the term in his 1836 The Pickwick Papers (more properly called The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club): "At every bad attempt at a catch, and every failure to stop the ball, he launched his personal displeasure at the head of the devoted individual in such …

9 Mind-Expanding Books Of Philosophy That Are Actually Readable (A Guide To Practical Philosophy)

Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are …

Letting Go of Judging People

One of the best changes I’ve made to help me be happier is learning to see judging other people as a red flag.<p>Now, I’m not going to pretend I don’t …

Self-help

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 …

10 Books Bill and Melinda Gates Recommended to the TED Audience This Year

The organizers of TED asked Bill and Melinda Gates to suggest some books that attendees might enjoy. Bill picked 5 and Melinda picked five and their …

This Ancient Philosophy Is What We Desperately Need In Our Modern Lives

We live in a world that is, in many ways, more predictable and under our own control than it has ever been before. We can predict the weather, find information on any subject almost instantaneously, have almost any material item delivered to our door within 24 hours with the click of a button, and …

5 Books That Will Change Your Life

Reading is important to me. Not only is it one way to fill in the gaps left by my formal education but it is a meaningful way to better myself. …

Nine ways to overcome creative burnout

We have all experienced it: That disconcerting moment when you sit down at your desk and you're overcome by an uncertain, disorienting fog. I'm not talking about the gray mist outside your bedroom window, but rather that murky brain fog that wafts around your head and won't easily lift. Some call …

The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time

The commencement address is the secular sermon of our time — a packet of timeless advice on life, dispensed by a podium-perched patronly or matronly shaman of wisdom to a congregation of eager young minds about to enter the so-called “real world.” But the genre’s finest specimens speak to all of us …

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

Stoicism: Practical Philosophy You Can Actually Use

When most people think of “philosophy,” their eyes glaze over. It’s the last thing they want, let alone something they need.<p>But this, as you already …

13 Moral Biographies That Make You A Better Person And Teach You About Life

Sometimes there is nothing like a 900-page biography. Most of the time though, nobody has time for such a thing. Especially with many modern …

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: <i>mise-en-place.</i><p>The “Meez,” as …

Kierkegaard on Why Anxiety Powers Creativity Rather Than Hindering It

<i>“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer,”</i> Anaïs Nin famously wrote. But what, exactly, is anxiety, that pervasive affliction the nature of which remains as drowning yet as elusive as the substance of a shadow? In his 1844 treatise <b>The Concept of Anxiety</b> (<i>public library</i>), Danish philosopher <b>Søren</b> …

How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen

A lesson in the lost technology of shorthand<p>As a journalist, I begin most interviews by holding up my pen and asking, “Have you ever seen one of these?” No one ever has.<p>It’s not an ordinary pen, of course. It’s a Sky wifi smartpen, a piece of gee-whiz technology from a company called Livescribe. …

Ruth Chang: How to Make Hard Choices

“Far from being sources of agony and dread, hard choices are precious opportunities for us to celebrate what is special about the human condition, …

Why the Best Roadmap to an Interesting Life is the One You Make Up as You Go Along: Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address

On the heels of Shonda Rhimes’s spectacular 2014 Dartmouth commencement address comes another wonderful addition to the greatest commencement addresses of all time. Author Daniel Pink — whose books explore such endlessly fascinating subjects as the art of persuasion, the science of what actually …

An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day And Finding Focus

We start every day knowing we're not going to get it all done or fit it all in. How we spend our time is really a function of priorities. That's why …

Charlie Munger on the Value of Thinking Backward and Forward

One of the five simple notions to solve problems is the concept of inversion. To solve problems we need to look at them both forward and backward.<p>But …

The Curse of Smart People

A bit over 3 years ago, after working for many years at a series of startups (most of which I co-founded), I disappeared through a Certain Vortex to …

3 Life-Changing Habits of High Performers

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to being successful, high achievers have a number of habits in common. But that doesn't mean you can't be right up there with them.<p>Here are three qualities all successful people share and how you can make them your own:<p><b>1.</b> …

7 simple things to keep you upbeat when everything else is going wrong

You know when you have one of those days? The ones where nothing goes right and, in fact, the universe seems to be conspiring against you? These …

The Week in Review: Iraq Uprising

Inside Flipboard / June 20, 2014<p>Formerly associated with al-Qaeda, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have crossed the border …