Kevin Andrew Crafton

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How to Talk to People You Incorrectly Assume Are Better Than You

What he learned about life and self-condfidence from making small-talk with celebrities<p>Like every other person on the planet, I am fraught with insecurities. And I’m always uncomfortable when I attend large parties where I don’t know many people. If that party happens to include famous people I …

Demystifying the Muse: Five Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing

With creativity becoming a commodity that so many people trade on, it's more important than ever to have ideas constantly flowing. But are these …

50 Universal Truths That Will Make You More Successful

I've been a journalist for the better part of two decades and during that time I've interviewed and written about thousands of people in various stages of success, from billionaires to entrepreneurs launching startups (one while fighting brain cancer).<p>All of that has led me to conclude that there …

Entrepreneurship

Ditch Your Dad Belly

Just because your clan is expanding, doesn't mean your waistline has to<p>When you're a dad, carpool duty, playdates, and dance recitals fill your free time. So it's no surprise that as your schedule fills up, your waistline may fill out.<p>"Carving out a designated workout time can seem next to …

5 Incredible Holes | What the Stuff?!

Misconceptions from the Movies - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.3)

A different way to visualize rhythm - John Varney

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

6 Ways to Guarantee Yourself a Second Date

Experts share the best—and often-missed—approaches to mastering the first date<p>There are several solid mandates when it comes to a first date, guys: don’t talk about your exes, pick up the bill, and iron your shirt. (Or at least throw it in the dryer for a few minutes.) But when it comes to staking …

10 Amazing Paper Tricks!

Lead Guitar Techniques | The Weight

I love the song “The Weight” from The Band. The lyrics and groove immediately take you to a world where Carmon and the devil can walk down the …

A young guitarist meets his hero

Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage …

Darius Rucker and Cary Ann Hearst: Songwriting Tips and Techniques

Worth Repeating: a documentary on songwriting

Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

4 Simple Spiritual Practices That Lead to Lasting Happiness

You don't have to meditate on a daily basis, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says. You can, however, meditate in every moment. Watch as he reveals four …

Happiness

Manage Your Self-Doubt and Use It to Your Advantage

Even the most confident of us experience self-doubt in our work and life, some more so than others. But with some careful planning, your critical eye …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …

Mutations

Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat

This week on <i>All Things Considered</i> and <i>Morning Edition</i>, we're listening closely to the beats and the pulses that are all around us, and inside us, every day, trying to hear rhythms in a new way. Of course we're are aware that music and poetry (and the drip of our neighbor's air conditioner and the …

The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Social Media

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>I spend my days writing content from my desktop computer for people who will read the content on their smartphones and tablets.<p>We don't shill.Check out TNW's Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>Go figure.<p>Mobile devices are fast becoming the preferred method of …

How Each State Decided What to Put on Its Commemorative Quarter

Between 1999 and 2008, the United States Mint produced a series of commemorative quarters, with a new state-specific design released approximately …

The Best Time of Day to Do Just About Anything

From avoiding crowds to taking advantage of your body's natural rhythms, there's a best time of day to do just about anything. Here's a list of some …

8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre

When it comes to adapting stories for the big screen, novels and comic books aren't the only things to get love from Hollywood (it just seems that …

Los Angeles

39 Ways to Jack Up Your Cardio

Get your lungs pumping and your muscles burning with these awesome versions of an old-school calisthenic<p>Squeezing in a full-blown cardio workout can feel like a chore. We’ve got a solution: jumping jacks.<p>Don't worry, we're not talking about the boring standard jumping jacks you did in high school. …

The Fastest Way to Get in Running Shape

If your running game needs a tune-up, get a jolt with these speed drills<p>Usain Bolt isn't the only person who should be cranking into fifth gear. Adding a speed session to your running routine will get you back into shape faster, so you're ready for that 5K or marathon down the road. Plus, you’ll …

8 Ways To Unlock Your Inner Creativity

Sometimes creativity needs coaxing. Advice from photographers, designers, musicians, and entrepreneurs on how to get in the groove.<p>In a world where only 25% of people think they’re living up to their creative potential, the big question is: How do you unlock your inner creativity?<p>Last week I had …

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part II: The Dilemma of Coaching Yourself

What separates those who accomplish outstanding feats from those who don’t? According to author and researcher Joshua Foer, it’s the dedication and …

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent

In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test, which analyzed the ability of …

Self-improvement