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The Behaviors that Define A-Players

Individual contributors sometimes ask themselves, “What will it take for others to recognize my potential?” They may simply want acknowledgement of the importance of the work they do. Or they may aspire to move into management. In some cases, they’ve been told that they’re doing fine and have been …

122 Things Everyone Should Know About Investing and the Economy

The basics.<p>A year ago I started writing what I hoped would be a book called <i>500 Things you Need to know About Investing</i>. I wanted to outline my …

Painless ways I save money in every category of my budget

<b>This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong.</b><p>I get frustrated when people don’t understand what it means to be frugal. A few criticisms of frugality …

Quit Your Job

The surprising benefits of taking your 20s to use the labor market as a laboratory, rather than commit to the first company that happens to hire you<p>My friends sometimes approach me with career anxieties, under the false impression that writing about economics makes somebody a good career advisor. …

To Create A Habit, Focus On The Reward

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Sam McNerney is a freelance writer with a focus on psychology and business.</i><p>On May 1, 1981, American Airlines launched its frequent flyer program AAdvantage. Since then, a flood of loyalty programs have attempted to …

Here's how much you should have saved up for retirement by now

You probably want to retire at some point. But before you can get there, you have to be able to answer a few questions.<p>For example, how much money …

11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday

When you hit the stores this weekend, remember three things: Shopping is a sport, this is its Super Bowl, and retailers are better at playing it than you.<p>The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues ("this is cheaper than that") …

Google's Larry Page: The Most Ambitious CEO in the Universe

There’s a joke about Larry Page that’s been making the rounds at Google X, the “moon shot” factory where Google is developing self-driving cars, …

Can the stock market save millennials?

Patrick O’Shaughnessy was 22 when he started a career in money management, just months before the financial crisis of 2008. “My timing could not have been worse,” he says.. After a particularly bad meeting with a client, who referred to him as a “limp dick little asshole” for a badly performing …

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity – Karen Emslie

It is 4.18am. In the fireplace, where logs burned, there are now orange lumps that will soon be ash. Orion the Hunter is above the hill. Taurus, a …

The Myth of Chinese Super Schools

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World<p>by Yong Zhao<p>Jossey-Bass, 254 pp., $26.95<p>On …

The Limits of Friendship

Robin Dunbar came up with his eponymous number almost by accident. The University of Oxford anthropologist and psychologist (then at University College London) was trying to solve the problem of why primates devote so much time and effort to grooming. In the process of figuring out the solution, he …

The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs | WIRED

SCROLL DOWN<p>The following is an excerpt from <i>Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent</i> by Douglas Coupland. You can buy it today from Visual Editions.<p>The …

Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design

• Author: Scott Dadich. Scott Dadich Design<br>• Date of Publication: 09.23.14. 09.23.14<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the late 1870s, Edgar Degas …

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

Finally, social scientists suggest a precise time for mid-afternoon coffee runs.<p>Sometimes, productivity science seems like an organized conspiracy to justify laziness.<p>Clicking through photos of cute small animals at work? That's not silly procrastination, Hiroshima University researchers said. …

Jack Ma: If You're Poor At 35, You Deserve It

<i>Submitted by Zach Ho via VulcanPost.com,</i><p><b>You are poor because you have no ambition.</b><p>Jack Ma: Before I founded Alibaba, I invited 24 friends to my house …

What's Wrong with Consumerism and Materialism? Lots

Earlier this year, I started volunteering at my local library for a couple of hours a week. I’m a big fan of libraries, and I wanted to find a way to …

Top 30 Startups to Watch 2015

In theory, entrepreneurship sounds awesome. You’re your own boss so you can set your own hours, work from home in your PJs and do work that really matters to you.<p>But as any entrepreneur will tell you, starting your own business is not nearly as glamorous. In fact, it can often be pretty scary and …

The 10 biggest Apple announcements of all time

Apple’s most-anticipated — and likely most-eventful — product introduction since the iPad is set for later this morning. It will undoubtedly be Tim Cook’s biggest moment yet as Apple’s CEO, with the company reportedly ready to unveil new products from what has been described as its most exciting …

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Mystery Man Moving Japan Made More Than 1 Million Trades

It was six minutes after the opening bell on Feb. 4, and dozens of big-name stocks were still untraded in Tokyo. Telecommunications giant SoftBank …

The Evolution Of iOS: From iPhone OS To iOS 7

iOS has seen an enormous amount of change over the last few years. When the first iPhone was released, the most entertaining thing to do was to watch YouTube videos and try to find a few web-based games. This was a time before apps, multi-tasking, or folders. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how …

Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No

Dan Frommer wrote in Quartz about The Hidden Structure of the Apple Keynote. His analysis covered 27 events since 2007, and included things like …

How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

Finally the SMS arrived:<p><i>“Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.”</i><p>An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Look Around Paris In August And You'll See Why The French Succeed At Life

Every August, Paris now sees another rapid transformation. Tourists rule the picturesque streets. Shops are shuttered. The singsong sounds of English, Italian, and Spanish float down the street in place of the usual French monotone. As French workers are required to take at least 31 days off each …

New Forex Trader? I have a message for you!

Hello, My name is Ahmed. I've been in the FX market for about 2 years, I've came across all pain, fear, and greed in forex along the journey. So I …

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10% of Their Brains

It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.<p>By now, perhaps you’ve seen the trailer for the new sci-fi thriller <i>Lucy.</i> It starts with a flurry of stylized special effects and Scarlett Johansson serving up a barrage of bad-guy beatings. Then comes Morgan Freeman, …

The Five Deadliest Resume Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

If you were selling your house, you might love the house and want it to go to a very special person or family, but you'd still have to market your …