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Think Abs Are Impossible After 40? All You Need Are These 5 Moves.

Carve out a harder core—without doing situps—using a routine that spares your lower back.<p>For decades, ab training meant situps, curling your upper body all the way up off the floor, rounding your lower back. Some people got nice-looking abs doing this—and lots more ended up with back pain.<p>Today, …

Workouts

Use this Harvard Law checklist to prepare for any negotiation

When it comes to workplace conflict, many of us sabotage ourselves. Instead of preparing for difficult conversations—which requires dealing with uncomfortable emotions and complex strategies—we avoid the issue until we’re forced to confront it, face-to-face. Emotions like anger and fear then get …

Management

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Learning

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

This device lets you grow weed while literally doing nothing

Ever wanted to grow some of that sweet devil’s lettuce in your own home? Well, thanks to Cloudponics’ GroBox, you can start cultivating your own crop while barely lifting a finger.<p>The GroBox is the first fully-automated, uh, grow box on the market. According to Cloudponics, at least. This is one of …

Laundry Rooms

Want To Live a Better Life? Use These 8 Life Lessons To Build Your Personal Philosophy

Discover your personal philosophy and then build your life around it.<p>Following a morning hike among the serenity of red rocks, wildflowers, and mountain views, I sat in conversation with an old friend. We had an important topic to discuss. Mainly, my future career.<p>My friend knows that I'm a …

Happiness

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

When It Comes to Achievement, There's Good News and Bad News

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

The 'supply-and-demand model of labor markets is fundamentally broken,' and that's why you're not getting a pay raise anytime soon

Troy Taylor, the CEO of the Coca-Cola franchise for Florida, was asked at a recent conference of the Federal Reserve's Dallas branch whether he expected pay raises in the future. The context to the question is that America has ultralow unemployment. In fact, it has even reached what policymakers …

Economics

99 Percent of Job Seekers Fail to Answer "Why Do You Want This Job" Correctly. Here's Why

An innocent response could cost you the job.<p>As a career coach, I work with people every day on interview preparation. Interviews are a form of public speaking. 99 percent of people fear public speaking more than death. Thus, it's no wonder interviews unnerve my clients. Not only do we go over all …

Employment

12 Science-Backed Ways to Make Yourself Smarter

From chewing gum to having more sex, here are some things you can do to boost your brain power.<p>There are a variety of things a person can do, at any age, to make themselves smarter. And they're easier than you think.<p>One simple way to make yourself smarter is to believe that it's possible and tell …

The Brain

5 money secrets self-made millionaires teach their kids

In Steve Siebold's book "Secrets Self-Made Millionaires Teach Their Kids," the tennis-player-turned-professional-speaker shares insider intel he says will help children establish good money habits — and eventually make them rich.<p>Siebold spoke with more than 1,200 fellow millionaires and distilled …

Self-improvement

People Who Say These 5 Words Have Very Low Emotional Intelligence

They mean the exact opposite of what you think. But only emotionally intelligent people understand why.<p>The words hit me like a hurricane: "I know how you feel."<p>They're right there on pages 80 and 81 of my colleague Justin Bariso's new book about emotional intelligence. They're simple words, and …

What Is Ikigai? This Japanese Wellness Theory Could Turn You Into A Morning Person

If you're not a morning person, going to bed with a mental checklist of all of the things you <i>have</i> to do the next day certainly doesn't make getting …

Want Your Child To Eat (Almost) Everything? There Is A Way

Experts will tell you that if you want to raise a kid who eats just about everything, you should feed them what you eat — assuming you're eating a varied, healthy diet. It's what most cultures have done for most of human history.<p>But American culture sends parents a very different message. Kids …

Flavors

You've Been Painting Rooms Wrong All These Years

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, …

I'm a founder who has raised $77 million over the last 10 years — here's my best advice on how to raise startup money, even when lots of people reject you

Fundraising is hard.<p>In 2009, Y Combinator gave our fledgling company, Mixpanel, $15,000.<p>During that summer session, half our batch died after demo day — a day where you get to pitch investors in Silicon Valley. We got a lot of no's — 11, to be precise. Two VCs thought we should get a CEO, and one …

Venture Capital

The US Military Has Released a Mysterious Report on 'Warp Drives'. Here's What Physicists Think About It

Could we really have faster-than-light travel?<p>Sometime after August 2008, the US Department of Defence contracted dozens of researchers to look into …

12 books you should read before starting a business

If you want to start a business, you'll need advice on where to start, what pitfalls to anticipate, and how best to spend your time and money to get your idea off the ground.<p>While you may be tempted to spring for classes, seminars, and training sessions, books are the most accessible and affordable …

Entrepreneurship

Here's how you build a 1,479bhp Bugatti Chiron

Unsurprisingly, much of the discourse surrounding the Bugatti Chiron has been focused on numbers, because it makes many big ones. Powerful ones. Ones …

427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

If learning a foreign language seems to get harder and harder with age, it isn't just your imagination. A new study by Boston-based researchers, …

Language Learning

The WHO Just Declared War on The Single Most Dangerous Type of Fat

It could save 500,000 lives each year.<p>Heart disease kills more people around the world than anything else. More than 17 million people die every year …

How To Easily Grow An Endless Supply Of Onions Indoors

Who wants to eat organic home grown food? And the best way would be if you could grow them yourselves. That way you’ll always know what you eat and …

These 7 foods are scientifically proven to put you in a bad mood

There's a reason our stomachs are sometimes called our second brains. Our gut produces about 90% of our serotonin, the chemical responsible for making us feel good. So in an effort to stay our calm, upbeat selves, we chatted with Rachel Kelly, mental health advocate and author of "The Happiness …

Nutrition

New axial flux electric motors pack more EV power in a smaller package

Electric motors are the beating heart of any electric vehicle, and thanks to a startup in Belgium, your next EV’s motor could be stronger, smaller and more efficient. Magnax is hard at work developing new axial flux motors for use in EVs and other applications that require powerful yet lightweight …

How To Get Your Brand Noticed, And Not Just Seen

Get to know your audience like never before, and never forget you're talking to a human.<p>The continued rise of technology in our everyday lives shows no sign of slowing down. We are constantly connected. Connected to each other, to the latest news, to our snaps, timelines and heart rates. We are …

An investment banker who died at 89 left behind 24 rules for success in banking and in life

Richard Jenrette spent 40 years on Wall Street.<p>Jenrette, cofounder of investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, died last week at age 89 from complications from cancer. According to his obituary published in Bloomberg, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette — abbreviated DLJ and founded with Harvard …

Harvard Business School

There's an incredible 'Avengers Infinity War' Easter egg hidden inside the new 'God of War' game

"God of War," an exclusive that debuted in April for PlayStation 4, is one of the best games ever made because it does such a good job at nailing the fine details.<p>One incredibly fun detail in the game, which was recently spotted by Reddit user moxxxxxi, is an unofficial tie-in to the new Marvel …

New Research Says CEOs With This 1 Trait Add More Value to Their Companies

Do you have it?<p>Diversity is a good thing for a corporation. It's long been common knowledge now that having women and minorities on your board of directors is good for business and a new study has revealed that diversity in a CEO's own personal social network can create more value for their …