Derek Ong

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After Studying the Lives of 724 Men for 79 Years, Harvard Reveals the 1 Biggest Secret to Success and Happiness | Inc.com

Have you ever wondered what it takes to live the good life? Have you ever wondered what the secret to success and happiness is? Harvard researchers seem to have an answer in a 79-year-old study.<p>After poring through a mountain-load of data, obtained from in-person interviews, questionnaires, medical …

Happiness

The millennial motherhood trap

<b>Scapegoat: Medea prepares to kill her children in Delacroix’s 1838 painting.</b>Motherhood, wrote Adrienne Rich in her groundbreaking 1976 polemic, Of …

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use

The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those …

Pixel & Dimed On (Not) Getting By in the Gig Economy

For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.<p>“If I’m willing to pay $100 for someone to bring me …

Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone

The format, made popular by Snapchat and Instagram, is the native genre of glass rectangles.<p>Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, made a remarkable announcement during a keynote at the company’s big conference this week: “The increase in the Stories format,” he explained, “is on a path to …

Social Media

The flaws of finance

BUSINESS school graduates do not all want to work in investment banking these days. The industry does not have the same kind of cachet it did before …

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer.<br>By Oliver Burkeman<p>Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber …

Parenting

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

The Origins of Overprotective Parenting | The Art of Manliness

Back when I was six years old, the neighborhood I lived in provided the perfect backdrop for an active and idyllic childhood. Half a dozen other boys …

Heads up: the oral history of Iron Man’s original HUD

<i>By Ian Failes</i><p>It’s ten years since the world got a first taste of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and one thing that is certainly still in the mind of …

The Carpenter Vs. The Gardener: Two Models Of Modern Parenting

Parents these days are stressed. So are their kids.<p>The root of this anxiety, one scholar says, is the way we understand the relationship between parents and children. Alison Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks parents—especially …

Parenting

$4.5 Billion to $0 -- Learn From the Mistakes of One Entrepreneur's Journey | Inc.com

In 2015 this unicorn entrepreneur was named one of <i>TIME’s</i> Most Influential People. President Obama invited this individual to be his Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. And, <i>Forbes</i> estimated their Net Worth at $4.5 Billion. This is also someone I personally liked and admired.<p>Fast …

Genetic Engineering

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

In a world of fake news, the only antidote is our ability to judge the reputation of the people supplying us with information.<p>There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that …

Peer Review

How K-pop became a propaganda tool

Ahead of Friday’s intra-Korean summit, the South put an end to its pop music assault at the border. But the country’s catchy music is a potent …

North Korea

A metropolitan world

Urbanisation might be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continent<i>By Michael Goebel</i>Read at …

Inside Nintendo's secretive creative process

Nintendo’s ‘conductor’ takes us behind the game giant’s inner workings, how it finds talent and the philosophy that sparks its eccentric ideas<p>Nintendo is coming out of a rough patch in its 128-year history. After spending most of the 00s riding high on the success and profits of its DS and Wii …

Gaming

Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?

The postwar generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests<p>T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an …

Housing

Avicii: the poster boy for EDM who struggled with the spotlight

Avicii was an avatar as much as he was a producer. Exploding on to the scene in 2011 with his unabashedly saccharine hit Levels, the Swedish musician born Tim Bergling represented, depending on where one stood, either the best or worst of dance music’s rise in the United States.<p>Just 21 years old at …

Music

Facebook to Follow Privacy Rules in Europe, Then Everywhere Else

Facebook Inc. is starting to comply with new privacy rules in Europe. And then, to get ahead of scrutiny everywhere else, the company said it will …

Mindfulness and other corporate well-being programmes no substitute for good management

Pilita Clark<i>1 week 1 day</i> agoMindfulness programmes have now sprouted everywhere from Google and Intel to Target a

The most successful people in the world aren’t masters

As a teenager, Elon Musk read 14 books per week. At peak Olympic training, Michael Phelps spent six hours in the pool every day. Before they invaded America, The Beatles played eight-hour nonstop gigs in Germany, multiple nights a week.<p>Practice, so they say, makes perfect. And according to author …

Tony Robbins, #MeToo, and the Limits of Self-Help

The secular guru has preached a gospel of individual solutions to individual problems. But when it comes to sexual abuse, as to so much else: It’s not enough.<p>“Problems are what sculpt our soul. Problems are what make us become <i>more</i>. If we can realize that life is always happening <i>for</i> us, not <i>to</i> us: …

Me Too movement

The World’s Emptiest Airport Is a Red Flag

December 26, 2004, started out as a typical day for M.A. Sriyanyakanthi. A vegetable seller on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, she had set up her wares …

How the Far Right Feeds on Male Insecurity

A new book explores the strange ways young men get sucked into toxic ideologies like the alt-right. But according to the author, "many of the guys who get out quietly slip back into society."<p>It's no secret that violent American extremists—from alt-right foot soldiers to militia movement diehards to …

We Are Not Living In A Simulation. Probably.

New research suggests it’s impossible, but the Simulation Hypothesis is the modern existential debate that just won’t die.<p>Good news, everyone: According to new physics research, reality is probably not a quantum computer simulation designed by a hyper-advanced alien civilization.<p>Takes a load off, …

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a lie

Data from the Census Bureau and the IRS show the average age of successful business founders is 42.<p>By Meredith Somers | April 20, 2018<p>From left: Mark …

Entrepreneurship

What I Learned About Working Parenthood After My Kids Grew Up

There are so many articles about the challenges and stresses of being a working parent. But this is an article about joy.<p>Let me just, for a moment, shine a light on the pleasures that await you once your kids have grown up and left home – it comes faster than you think.<p>You’ve probably heard of the …

Sega announces the Mega Drive Mini

At least 15 classic Sega games will also come to the Nintendo Switch this summer<p>Sega is getting in on the nostalgic, miniature console trend. Yesterday at Sega Fes 2018, It announced that it will release the the Mega Drive Mini, a miniature version of the Mega Drive, sometime in 2018. The company …

Cryptocurrencies Were Never Good for Anybody But the Rich

Bitcoin started as a populist alternative to government money—or was it just the rich getting richer all along?<p>The value of cryptocurrencies across the board skyrocketed last year due to speculative investing, and it feels as though early attempts to position digital money as a populist and …

Theatre workshops in classes to help students step out of comfort zone

Sheryl Ker<i>2 weeks 22 hours</i> agoA few weeks back, I attended a theatre workshop in school.