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William Dalrymple traces the East India Company’s takeover of Hindustan

In the 1760s, the young, charismatic son of the recently assassinated Mughal emperor, Alamgir II, made a decision that would completely transform India’s fate. Determined to restore his dynasty’s glory, Ali Gauhar, known as Shah Alam II, went to war with the British East India Company (EIC).<p>But the …

7 Ways to Reduce Stress When You Are Overwhelmed and Need to Prioritize

Starting and finishing any one item on your to-do list will do wonders to relieve overwhelm.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Each day, more and more people struggle with all that life has thrown at them. Between work, family, health, house tasks, the latest political …

Meet the Student Who Got Into All 20 Top Colleges He Applied To. Here's How He Did It

"I got nervous, because I don't think anyone ever wants to be rejected."<p>It's the time of year when the nation's top colleges are letting applicants know once and for all whether they've been admitted. A lot of students are probably hoping against hope for just one top choice. But one Texas high …

The One Skill You Need to Be An Authentic Leader

Authenticity, transparency, and collaboration are also crucial skills leaders need in business today.<p>We need authentic leaders today--more than ever before. Leaders who inspire trust, and confidence, and loyalty. And you can be that person--but there's one skill you need, above all others, to be an …

10 unmistakable habits of utterly authentic people

Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To …

Have a Lot to Study in a Limited Time? Evidence-Based Help

Are you facing a big test? Do you need to learn a ton of information in a limited amount of time? Studying for a bar examination? Medical boards? …

3 Ways to Live a Beautiful Successful Life According to Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was an iconic man and inspirational to all. The famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author died yesterday of a progressive neurodegenerative disease at the age of 76.<p>What struck me the most about Hawking was his ability to provide such powerful insights into the meaning of …

Stephen Hawking

If you want to stay successful, learn to think like Leonardo da Vinci

Some of history’s greatest contributions have come from polymaths.<p>Aristotle practically invented half a dozen fields of study across philosophy. Galileo was as much a physicist as he was an engineer when he helped kick-start the scientific revolution. Da Vinci might have been even more famous as an …

Three Ways to Overcome Fear of Failure at Work

Most people don’t know this about me, but I applied to graduate school five times. Each collection of annual rejection letters stung. <i>I failed again</i>, …

UC Berkeley

How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems ‘Young’

Remaining physically active as we grow older could help to keep our muscles and immune systems robust, according to two inspiring new studies of older recreational cyclists.<p>Together, the experiments add to growing evidence that some of our assumptions about aging may be outdated and we might have …

What Is Pi, and How Did It Originate?

Succinctly, pi—which is written as the Greek letter for p, or π—is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. …

17 Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Inspire You (and Leave You Dreaming of the Stars)

Sadly, Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. But his words are timeless.<p>Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous and influential scientists of our time. Sadly, Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 -- fully 55 years after doctors gave him just two years to live with a diagnosis of …

Fit in my 40s: ‘I hadn’t realised that fermentation is so vital to the gut’ | Zoe Williams

If you like your health awareness with a side-order of self-flagellation, fermentation is quite delicious<p>The problem with the science of diet is that if you’re only partially interested, gobbets of information go in and stick, surrounded by great gaps that you fill by whistling and not quite …

51 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Willpower, Determination, and Success

Success requires inspiration... and determination.<p>Every successful person I know has willpower, determination, and drive. They may not be smarter than everyone else. They may not be more talented, more skilled, or more experienced.<p>But what they do have is the willingness to persevere. Here are 51 …

These are the 25 most powerful militaries in the world — and there's a clear winner

President Donald Trump has emphasized military might during his first year in office, but the US is not the only country seeking to expand its battlefield capacities. Between 2012 and 2016, more weapons were delivered than during any five-year period since 1990.<p>Arms sales indicate who is beefing up …

How to Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is a byproduct of trying to control. The "human" part of our being believes that we can think our way to safety and resolution when in fact, it is a combination of our left (thinking) brain and our right (intuitive/creative) brain that we form the best decisions and conclusions for our …

Meditation

I have read nearly 800 books, and they all made me realize the same thing

I am an online brand who has contributed over 4,000 articles and videos online. So I generally receive emails, messages, and requests from people around the world. And given that my childhood was not perfect, I battled with poverty, and I also made plenty of mistakes  —  I think I resonate with …

How to Ask for a Promotion

Asking for a promotion can be nerve-wracking. But when you think you’re ready for the next step, it’s important to say so. How do you prepare for that conversation with your boss? What information should you have at the ready? And how exactly do you make your case?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b><br>“Asking for a …

Facing these 10 fears will improve your life at work and at home

Wouldn't it be fantastic if the road to success and happiness were an easy one? Unfortunately, as we all know, this isn't the case. The reality is, you'll only succeed once you force yourself to do things that you don't necessarily want to. It's true. You see, our brains are wired in such a way …

'Measuring teacher effectiveness by exam results ignores what makes a good teacher'

Late last year, David Koretz published a book that exposes the fallacies behind using standardised test data as a means of evaluating teachers and …

How to Become a Better Writer in Your Second Language

Although this article focuses on second language writers, most of the suggestions here will be useful for native English speakers as well.<p>People who …

George Eliot

I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life

A viral diet that's been found to burn up to 10 times as much fat as a standard diet is gaining momentum among Silicon Valley tech workers. And it involves eating a lot of fat.<p>The ketogenic, or "keto," diet — which first became popular in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabetes— limits …

The Meaning of Buddhism

Fundamental principles of the Theravada doctrine

Spirituality

Year in Review: The Biggest Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the stories and news that defined the past year. There is much to cover, but at a high level these are the issues and events that stand out to us:<p>• <b>The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency</b> was marked by high tensions as the country and world …

How I Stopped Chasing Happiness and Started Enjoying My Imperfect Life

<b>“I want to live my life without stress and worries. I don’t need to be rich or famous. I just want to be happy.” ~Unknown</b><p>Have you ever set a goal and …

Self-improvement

10 Positive Habits That Could Change Your Life

• <b>Trust karma.</b><br>But when you do something good, be genuine and do it from your heart, not because you’re expecting something good to happen to you</b> …

5 ways highly confident people handle rejection

Uh oh! Dealing with a recent break up? A girl at the bar shoot you down? Didn't get that promotion? Guy of your dreams disappeared suddenly?<p>Rejection can be hard; but it doesn't have to break you.<p>Have you ever noticed how rejection completely debilitates some people while others stride right …

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>All the extremely successful people I know -- and all the great leaders I know -- are exceptionally good at persuading other people to follow them.<p>(Maybe that's why Mark Cuban says knowing how …