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50 (Mostly Dumb) Ways To Be Happy

“Dude, you’re like the happiest person I know.” A friend of mine recently said this to me as we strolled Main Street in rolled jeans and flip-flops. …

9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My First 'Real' Job

It’s that time of year—graduation season. This May I will be celebrating a number of graduates, including three in our very own family. These students, combined with my frequent guest lectures on college campuses across the United States, and our decade-long study of millennials at the Case …

American Airlines Suspends Worker After Ugly Confrontation In Which A Mom Was Allegedly Hit In The Face

Video shows the employee challenging a passenger to "c’mon, hit me."<p>In another tense incident on a U.S. plane, an American Airlines employee was captured on video challenging a passenger to “c’mon, hit me” during a showdown on a flight from San Francisco.<p>American Airlines issued a statement soon …

Flying

Customer Service Reps Work Best When They Work Together, But Only 12% of Companies Let Them

Walk into any customer-service department and you’re likely to encounter a scene that looks more like a factory floor than a knowledge-worker environment. In almost every company around the world, the contact center typically features row upon row of workstations, with reps at each station—headsets …

The Different Approaches Firms Use to Set Strategy

<i>What is your strategy?</i> Most senior executives can confidently answer this question. <i>How has that strategy changed over time?</i> This one usually gets a quick answer too. <i>How do you make decisions about changing that strategy?</i> Now it gets much more difficult. The fact is, many senior executives struggle …

Why Expertise Matters

I am an expert — a card-carrying, credential-bearing expert.<p>Of course, there are only a few hundred people on the planet who care about the thing I'm an expert on: the death of stars like the sun. But, nonetheless, if the death of stars like the sun is something you want to know about, I'm one of …

The Secret Art of Keeping Your Derailleurs Happy

The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes and lousy shifting. Your bicycle’s rear derailleur can be a fickle beast-there’s little margin …

Billionaire Gates meets with Trump to talk foreign aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech billionaire Bill Gates is meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and …

Donald Trump

California Calling: The Porsche Repair Guy at the Beach

One of the shops we love.<p>Back in the 1950s, when the 356 was new, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) was the ultimate Porsche Experience Center—the name now given to the company's embassy-racetrack outposts in Atlanta and L.A. The California coast echoed with the clatter of the 356's air-cooled …

How Blockchain Is Changing Finance

Our global financial system moves trillions of dollars a day and serves billions of people. But the system is rife with problems, adding cost through fees and delays, creating friction through redundant and onerous paperwork, and opening up opportunities for fraud and crime. To wit, 45% of …

Tune In to 8 of the Best Outdoor Podcasts

Whether you’re a full-blown podcast junkie or “more of a music person,” a good story is a surefire way to sweeten long road trips, solo runs, and …

Pixar opens a free Khan Academy course on storytelling

Pixar is offering a free course through Khan Academy that can help you find the kind of stories you want to tell -- and help you tell them better. The "Art of Storytelling" is the latest installment in a series of free courses from the studio called "Pixar in a Box." It discusses ways to build …

Animation

The Swiss Army Knife of Soft Shell Pants

Soft shell pants aren’t the most exciting, flattering piece of gear in your closet. Or, maybe they are and you just have different standards than me. …

This Tasmanian Island Will Give Any Couple Willing to Move There a House and Job

But could you survive six months together without TV or internet?<p>Depending on how strong your relationship is, this will either sound like a romantic six-month getaway or the plot of <i>The Shining</i>. According to <i>The Telegraph</i>, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service is looking for couples to apply to be …

12 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Should Do In January

What a year 2016 has been. I hope this year has been a thriving one for your business. Regardless of whether this was a growth year or a stagnant year for you, I think it’s vital to an entrepreneur’s long-term success to spend intentional time reflecting on the past and planning for the future.<p>Here …

Entrepreneurship

How to Find a Good Tailor | The Art of Manliness

If you’ve read our style articles over the years, you’ll notice a recurring piece of advice: <i>get everything adjusted to a custom fit!</i><p>Fit will make or …

Spicy One Pot Jambalaya with Orzo

Combining orzo pasta, dehydrated veggies, summer sausage, rich tomato powder, and spicy cajun seasoning, this jambalaya is ready to eat in minutes …

Cooking

T-Mobile's CEO says reinventing himself was key to transforming the company's culture

In 2011, John Legere sat across from Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to discuss the role of leading the company's struggling American branch of T-Mobile.<p>Legere had just sold the previous company he led, Global Crossing Limited, for $3 billion to Level 3.<p>He told Business Insider in a recent …

T-Mobile

Learning a new language just got a lot easier with a chatbot app

The world’s most popular educational app has announced a new feature which promises to make it easier than ever to learn a new language.<p>Duolingo announced on Thursday that users can begin to have conversations with a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence. The new feature will initially be …

Artificial Intelligence

When Networking, Being Yourself Really Does Work

Imagine you’re hanging out at a job fair, and you’ve identified a few key recruiters you’d like to approach. Or maybe you are attending your company’s annual retreat and are interested in talking to senior colleagues who are potential mentors who could provide support throughout your career. Or …

5 Surprisingly Stunning Hikes to Explore Around Chicago

Chicago is famous for being a bustling, urban center, but hidden amongst the skyscrapers and just beyond the noise are a number of serene hiking …

Arizona's top five scenic drives

Back roads. Byways. Scenic highways. Arizona is chock full of them. Here are five of our favorites.<p>Route 66: small-town America, with a side of kitsch<p>'Get your kitsch on Route 66' might be a better slogan for Arizona's scrubby stretch of Mother Road, with its lumbering dinosaurs, a wigwam motel and …

Here's What It Takes to Run a Classic Mini Cooper On a High-Speed Salt Flat

Getting these tiny cars ready for Bonneville takes some work.<p>With its small size, light weight, and nimble handling, original Mini was a great platform for building a race car, achieving significant success over the years. But even though people generally know Minis can be turned into nimble rally …

Knowing Looks: the rise of stealth style

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the term "stealth wealth first appeared shortly after the fall of Lehman Brothers and the start of the global financial crisis – a necessary hold-step for the still-successful keen not to inflame envy in others. In fact it was born at the height of the go-go …

Stephen Kenn x Victorinox Stepladder Chair

Sometimes the best designs are so obvious in retrospect it's hard to believe they're original. Such is the case with the Stephen Kenn x Victorinox …

Camp for Free on Public Land: ‘Dispersed Camping’ 101

No campground, just a spot on the side of the road on public land: Dispersed camping is free, fun, and easier than you might expect.<i>(Editor’s note:</i> …

RVs

Portland’s best hikes and gardens

Portland is well known for its inventive food and drink, but – happily for the traveler’s waistline – the city also has a great collection of easily accessible trails, parks and gardens that are ideal for working off those extra calories. So go ahead and order that pork-belly cheeseburger and grab …

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2016

It’s easy to fantasize about living in one of these 16 adventure meccas, but to really understand how great they are, you have to be on the ground.<p>Billings, Montana<p>Population: 110,000<p>(Peter Frank Edwards)<p>When it comes to fitting you for a cowboy hat, the gals at Taubert’s Ranch Outfitters have two …

How to Make a $1 Meat Smoker From a Cardboard Box

All you need is already in your garage.<p>Sure, you could build a gorgeous smoker from a 55-gallon drum or a whiskey barrel. But if your DIY project tend to skew more toward simple materials you've already got in your garage, then here's the one for you.<p>Cook With Meat created this minute-long video …

11 Incredible Things You Can Build Using Only 2 x 4s

This common lumber stock can be used to make almost anything.<p>2 x 4s are available everywhere, which make them an easy and inexpensive building material. They can be cut down into smaller sizes or used as-is to make furniture and projects of all sizes.<p>One important tip before you build 2 x 4 …