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Ted Turner on the Meaning of Life, the Trouble with Religion, and His Revision of the 10 Commandments

For more than half a century, media pioneer and philanthropist <b>Ted Turner</b> (b. November 19, 1938) has been earning his reputation not only as an extraordinary businessperson but also as a man of exceptional integrity, conviction, and goodwill in an industry so permeated by ruthlessness and unethical …

Albert Camus’s Beautiful Letter of Gratitude to His Childhood Teacher After Winning the Nobel Prize

Few things are more heartwarming than bearing witness to one human being expressing deep gratitude for the profound, course-altering impact another has played in her or his life. Take, for instance, Bukowski’s magnificent letter to the man who helped him quit his soul-sucking day job and become a …

Incredibly Lifelike Wood Sculptures by Bruno Walpoth

Bruno Walpoth is an Italian sculptor from Bressanone-Brixen in South Tyrol, Italy. The talented woodcarver was recognized early in life for his …

Your Guide To ‘Serial,’ The True Crime Podcast Everyone Is Freaking Out About Right Now

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time on the Internet in the past week or so, or spent any substantial amount of time with anyone who has, you’ve probably been introduced to <i>Serial</i>, the new <i>This American Life</i> sister podcast that is taking the world by storm. Created by longtime <i>TAL</i> producer …

Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 7

<b>Updated 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday:</b><p>Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area by late Thursday. At least seven deaths in western New York have been blamed on the storm — at least four of them from heart attacks.<p><b>Original Post:</b><p>Driven by the lake effect, a massive snowstorm dumped …

9 Facts About Retail Workers You Should Know Before You Shop On Black Friday

1. If you’re shopping, people are working. In order for the store to be open and you to be able to shop, the store has to be staffed. This means that …

12 Poisonous Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Life

One of my many mottos is "Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life!" I'm a big believer that our thoughts and emotions shape our experiences. The problem is that most people aren't even aware of their negative thoughts. It's almost like they have just become a habit, so it seems normal to them. Here …

20 Things That Mentally Strong People Don't Do

I often write about the things I believe we all should be doing, trying or experimenting with in order to maximize our success and happiness. …

On Death and iPods: A Requiem

Have you ever loved a car? Maybe it was an old truck you drove for hundreds of thousands of miles, or maybe it was your very first car: where you had …

The Upside of Pessimism

The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.<p>I have pretty low expectations for this article. Oh sure, I spent a lot of time on it, and I personally think it’s a great read. But I’m kind of …

Why We're Nicer to Strangers Than the People We Love Most

Why is it we so often find ourselves treating the ones we most love the most shabbily? Contrary to popular wisdom, I don't think that the answer is …

Barnes & Noble

6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Everyday

Life gets busy, because of it, we forget about what matters most.<p>Committing to a journey of intentional self growth starts with slowing down. It’s …

Outsourcing

4 Reasons The Big Picture is Hurting Your Goals (and what you should do about it) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

You’re motivated.<p>You know exactly what you need to do, you’ve got it all planned out and all you need to do is stick with it. What could go wrong?<p>Day …

Why You Need to be Outcome Independent | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Just as it sounds, outcome independence is learning to be independent of the outcome of a situation, whether that situation is a date, a job …

Motivation

5 Habits That Guarantee You're Living The Life You Really Want | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Each day you get up and wonder, “Am I living the life I want?”<p>It’s a good question, possibly the best question you could ask yourself. After all, you …

Outsourcing

4 Short Yet Powerful Quotes from Abraham Lincoln to Help You Grow | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

In today’s busy world, how do you find time to step back from your daily routine and think about where you’re actually going?<p>One great way is to tap …

Motivation

12 Stupid Things Truly Nice People Don't Do

I’m just going to say it.<p>There is a huge lack of nice people out there. And it’s sad because being nice really isn’t that hard.<p>It’s common sense, but …

Self-help

9 Ways to Smash Your Limiting Beliefs | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Limiting beliefs are beliefs that limit us. Put another way, they are excuses on why we fail or why we refuse to even try. Hold a belief long enough …

Make a 1-3-5 List for a Faster, Instantly-Prioritized To-Do List

Struggling with a sprawling to-do list is no fun. The folks at WorkAwesome suggest tweaking your to-do list into a "1-3-5 list," or one big thing you …

Time Management

The Medical Checkups You Should Get for Each Decade of Your Life

We're all busy people, but if there's one thing you should always make time for, it's to get to the doctor for regular checkups and age-appropriate …

How we end up marrying the wrong people

Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. …

Road Safety

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called …

The tragedy of the Arabs

A THOUSAND years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Islam and innovation were twins. …

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?<p>We all recognize the …

The Minimalists' Everything That Remains is a new memoir about living with less.

<i>Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus—aka</i> <i>The Minimalists</i><i>—are a pair of best friends who grew up poor in Dayton, Ohio, and were working in</i> …

Why Selfies Sometimes Look Weird to Their Subjects

It's not your face, it's how your brain works.<p>Welcome to the department of discarded selfies, a dark place deep inside my phone where dimly lit close-up shots of my face are left to fade away into the cloud. I’ve thought about sending these photos to friends many times—that’s why I took them, after …

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

With the Hollywood blockbuster <i>Transcendence</i> playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of …

32 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad

Easy to get wrong. And easy to get right.<p>While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, "who" and "whom." I rarely use "whom" when I should. Even when spell check suggests "whom," I think it sounds pretentious. So I don't use it.<p>And …