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Why I Quit My Job

I had a good job. I worked with good people, I had flexible hours, I was well paid, there wasn’t much to complain about, yet I was still unhappy.<p>So …

The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

Blow away those digital cobwebs<p>If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.<p>We're not just …

Operating Systems

How two companies hooked customers on rarely used products

Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), has a quirky way of deciding which companies he likes. It’s called “The Toothbrush Test.” According to the New York Times, when Page looks at a potential company to acquire, he wants to know if the product is, like a toothbrush, …

YCombinator

How Aristotle Created the Computer

The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world.<p>THE HISTORY Of computers is often told as a history of objects, from the abacus to the Babbage engine up through the code-breaking machines of World War II. In fact, it is better understood as a …

Mathematics

If You Think You’re a Genius, You’re Crazy - Issue 46: Balance

When John Forbes Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, schizophrenic, and paranoid delusional, was asked how he could believe that space …

John F. Nash

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best. I returned to Japan, where I was working, and tried to forget about it. The tumors returned a year later, this time in my liver. After a long search, the surgeons found a new …

Harvard Business Review

The Problem With Facts

1.<p>Just before Christmas 1953, the bosses of America’s leading tobacco companies met John Hill, the founder and chief executive of one of America’s …

Tobacco

Everything you need to know about how music affects your productivity

<b>Takeaway</b>: You are most productive when you listen to music that’s familiar and minimal, and when you listen only during tasks that don’t require your …

Productivity

Elon Musk on the 1 Creative Skill Every Founder Needs Now

Learn how he used to it focus PayPal, Tesla, and Tesla Energy.<p>Imagine Elon Musk, globally revered as one of the greatest living entrepreneurs, sits down with you. What's the one creative skill he'd suggest you learn to be the best founder you can be? Chances are, it's how to ask the right …

Elon Musk

John Maeda: If You Want to Survive in Design, You Better Learn to Code

Silicon Valley finally understands the essential role of design. Products look better than ever, interfaces feel intuitive, and companies are hiring …

Innovation

We Need More ‘Useless’ Knowledge

Do you like electricity, computers, TV, radio, smartphones, and GPS? How about your health and your extraordinary life span? Thank basic research.

5 Books That Recruiters Say You Must Read — Even if You Don't Need a Job

Whether you're actively looking to climb the corporate ladder or you're happy in your current job, professional headhunters explain that these are …

Employment

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Dystopia

Everything Always Takes Longer Than You Think

Projects at work, around the house, and whatever it is the construction workers have been loudly doing across the street from me for months now: …

Psychology

Why Foucault's work on power is more important than ever – Colin Koopman

Imagine you are asked to compose an ultra-short history of philosophy. Perhaps you’ve been challenged to squeeze the impossibly sprawling diversity …

Western Philosophy

Lessons in Tenacity from the Co-Founder of Foursquare

In 2013, <b>Foursquare</b> co-founder <b>Dennis Crowley</b> walked into a bakery and bought a cake. Almond, with meringue on top. It was sweet — but the milestone …

Entrepreneurship

Design in Tech Report 2017

https://www.slideshare.net/secret/JKUNPFswJHDC1m<p><i>I’ll be properly embedding the deck after my talk 🙂</i><p>Key Observations this year:<p>We’ll be making …

Design

How to Push Your Team to Take Risks and Experiment

Most managers I know want their employees to be curious and experimental, to take the initiative and develop new products and solutions. But, as it turns out, managers also like to micromanage and control outcomes through safe, predictable processes. As a result, managers end up stifling the very …

Creativity

The Busier You Are, the More You Need Quiet Time

In a recent interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates argued that serious thinkers and writers should get off Twitter.<p>It wasn’t a critique of the 140-character medium or even the quality of the social media discourse in the age of fake news.<p>It was a call to get beyond …

Introverts

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs<p>“I remember looking at her and thinking, ‘She’s totally lying.’ At the same time, I remember something in my mind saying, ‘And that doesn’t matter.’” For Daniel Shaw, believing the words of the guru he had spent years devoted to wasn’t blind …

Psychology

Warning: This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Talent Planning

Google. Apple. Dropbox. Twitter. If anyone has had a hand in helping build phenomenal teams at powerhouse companies in their prime, it’s<b>Kim Scott</b><i>.</i> At …

Celebrity Gossip

The Dangers of Being Too Hard On Yourself

There’s a mantra that pervades our culture: “No Pain, No Gain.” Stress and strife and constant busyness are worn as a badge of effort. In this world, …

Psychology

When America Was Most Innovative, and Why

The competitiveness of the U.S. economy depends on technological progress, but recent data suggests that innovation is getting harder and the pace of growth is slowing down. A major challenge in business and policy spheres is to understand the environments that are most conducive to innovation. One …

Innovation

How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times

Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Whether it’s political turmoil or a reorganization at your company, employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do? How can you keep people focused while also helping them cope with the …

Leadership

12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life

Here are the 12 best career lessons everyone should take to heart early in their careers.<p>If there's one thing we all have in common, it's that we all make mistakes along the way (and hopefully learn valuable lessons from them). But if you're smart, you'll learn as much as possible from the mistakes …

Success

You Must Finish To Be Productive

You have a new idea. Your inspiration is maxed out. You’re at peak motivation. You start working without another thought and spend hours getting …

Productivity

Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong |

<i>Anna Parini</i><p>Are you a soldier or a scout? Your answer to this question, says decision-making expert Julia Galef, could determine how clearly you see …

Psychology

Adobe Is Building An AI To Automate Web Design. Should You Worry? | Co.Design

The new project, which uses Adobe’s AI and machine learning program Sensei and integrates into the Adobe Experience Manager CMS, will debut at the company’s Sneaks competition later in March. While Adobe hasn’t committed to integrating it into any of its products, it’s one of the most ambitious …

Web Design

Think like a bronze medalist, not silver

Imagine the Olympics, where you have the three winners of a race standing on the podium: the gold, the silver, and the bronze.<p>Imagine what it’s like …

Rio Olympics