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Benjamin Franklin built his character around 13 virtues — and following his weekly plan could change your life

<b>• Founding father Benjamin Franklin sought to live his life based on 13 virtues.</b><p><b>• He even kept a chart to record which virtues he was actually living by on a weekly basis.</b><p><b>• Tracking and reflecting on these traits could help you lead a more virtuous life.</b><p>Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a …

Self-improvement

People are stockpiling special pills to guard against radioactive fallout — but here's what you actually need in a nuclear survival kit

Hopefully it won't be the tweet that launched 1,000 ships — or nuclear weapons.<p>"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" President Donald Trump tweeted on January 2. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him …

Nuclear Energy

15 books world-famous CEOs think everyone should read in their lifetime

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a reason the most successful people in our society are often the most voracious — or dogged — readers.<p>Think about how many new ideas …

Warren Buffett

Most popular posts of 2017

Before we look forward to 2018, we are looking back at the <b>20 most popular posts of 2017 on Retro To Go</b>, In reverse order, naturally.<p><b>20. Retro audio:</b> …

The Best Apps for Photographers

Man, is it fun to be a photographer right now.<p>I don't mean to say that photography wasn't fun before, but if you ask me, we're in a golden age of …

10 books to read if you want to get rich

There is no denying that successful entrepreneurs read books.<p>From real estate investing to how the largest wealth managers impact the global market, this list of books deals with all the most prominent aspects of finance and investing, which are extremely beneficial for entrepreneurs (and anyone …

Personal Finance

5 Inspiring TED Talks That Will Free You to Be Happy and Successful

What’s the secret to happiness and achievement? Sometimes it’s not so much what you do as what you stop doing. That’s the lesson behind some of the …

Motivation

10 Powerful Life-Altering Things You Need to Do Alone

Pivotal things that only you can decide<p>There are many major decisions in life where you should consult the wisest people you know. There are other, profound things you need to do on your own.<p>Your success hinges on being able to trust your personal intellect and intuition. Looking to your own …

Entrepreneurship

13 incredible beds that you'll want to stay awake to admire

Want to make a huge statement with your furniture choices? Then you need to start with your bed! You won't believe some of the outrageous, luxurious …

Interior Design

10 signs you'll never be rich

Contrary to popular belief, "everyone has the same opportunity to acquire wealth," says Steve Siebold, a self-made millionaire.<p>But not everyone seizes the opportunity.<p>To find out if you're doing all that it takes to set yourself up for a rich future, we've rounded up 10 signs that you're <i>not</i> on the …

Self-improvement

Mid-Century Modern Finds

Mid-Century Modern Finds

26 Powerful Lessons to Learn from Michelangelo

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated with Michelangelo. A brilliant painter, sculptor, and architect, Michelangelo crafted many …

Artists

Sphere 1960s-style copper finish floor lamp at Maisons Du Monde

Sphere 1960s-style copper finish floor lamp at Maisons Du MondeIf you want a vintage look and a fairly affordable price tag, look no further than …

France

Midcentury-style Erik Chair at West Elm

Midcentury-style Erik Chair at West ElmOnce again <b>West Elm</b> comes up trumps when it comes to seating, this time with the <b>Erik Chair</b>.It’s a simple and …

West Elm

Dexter retro Sputnik-style ceiling light at Marks & Spencer

Dexter retro Sputnik-style ceiling light at Marks & SpencerPlenty of variations on that theme out there already, but this<b> Dexter Sputnik-style</b> …

Marks & Spencer

How to Shoot Street Photography with a 28mm Lens

Hanoi, 2017 / Shot on Ricoh GR II at 28mmDear friend,As of early 2017, my only camera is the Ricoh GR II, which has a fixed-focal 28mm lens.I wanted …

Street Photography

20 Ways to Accidentally Ruin the Next 20 Years of Your Life

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.And so often, against our better judgment, we accidentally make the wrong …

Days of our Lives

When you learn this Buddhist master's 21 rules of life, you'll completely realign your priorities

Ever heard of Miyamoto Mushashi?<p>If not, he was an expert Japanese swordsman, Buddhist and ronin.<p>He became renowned through stories of incredible …

Spirituality

Mid Century Modern Motherlode!

This California dealer's massive collection has plenty of pieces you've never seen before<p>Mid Century Møbler is a Berkeley-based vintage furniture …

A Zen master says this is the most effective way to respond to haters

If you’ve spent any time on the Internet, you’ve probably encountered a hater or two. Trolls are everywhere it seems.<p>But what’s the best way to …

Meditation

The moment that changed Picasso

A short trip to an ancient village was the catalyst for a profound shift in Picasso’s work – but it is often overlooked. Alastair Sooke finds out more.<p>One day in June 1906, Pablo Picasso arrived in the ancient Catalan village of Gosol, high in the Pyrenees. A friend had tipped him off about this …

Art History

The next time you mess something up at work, remind yourself of 3 truths to stop agonizing

Does that question surprise you? It's certainly not a common one in professional circles, where our focus tends to be on quantifiable success.<p>While achieving desirable results and succeeding matters, if we consider how failure is inextricably linked with success, it's a bit surprising we don't …

Pablo Picasso

I read 15 books this year on happiness, productivity, and success — here are the most meaningful insights I've taken away

The bad thing is that one time a stack of said books collapsed on my desk neighbor.<p>Without a doubt, the books that moved me most this year focused on psychology and behavioral science — and as 2016 draws to a close, I'm reflecting on everything I learned.<p>Below, I've rounded up the most meaningful …

Self-improvement

10 of the best: Midcentury advertising posters at King & McGaw

10 of the best: Midcentury advertising posters at King & McGawWe were browsing <b>King & McGaw</b> earlier, spotting quite a few <b>midcentury advertising …

Graphic Design

How to Create Your Own Minimalist Bedroom

If you’re president of your local chapter of the “Less is More” club, no doubt you love all things minimalist. While minimalism is certainly a …

Minimalism

A Zen Master Reveals The Truth About Meditation and Why Most People Get it Wrong

True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of mind …

Meditation

3 Most Powerful Meditation Techniques in the World

Powerful Meditation Techniques for Body, Mind, and Soul<p>Whatever we do physically or mentally to rejuvenate and tranquilize the mind in a constructive …

Meditation

Unveil the obscure path of success with the application of psychology, philosophy, and pure science.

<i>Why most of the people fail to lead a successful life?</i><p>Unveil the obscure path of success with the application of psychology, philosophy, and pure …