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25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More

The inventors, entrepreneurs and disrupters who are changing (and maybe saving) the world one brilliant idea at a time<p>He's probably the only person …

Elon Musk

Four Powerful Ways To Structure Literally Any Talk

You need to stop fussing over your words long enough to organize your ideas.<p>Maybe you think you’re an elegant speaker. You choose the right words and always string together elegant sentences. But if what you’re saying doesn’t follow some sort of coherent structure, so it doesn’t matter how …

Management

How Making A “Reverse” Bucket List Can Make You Happier

Here’s a productive way to deal with FOMO.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Shine, a free daily motivational text, and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>As someone who loves to travel, I have a pretty intense bucket list of places I want to go to, sights to see, and events to attend. Right now, I have …

Happiness

This New Study Shows That People Who 'Think Backwards' Are More Successful

Research shows that how you plan determines how likely you are to succeed.<p>Your boss just messaged you saying she wants to talk tomorrow morning about the big idea you pitched at the weekly meeting.<p>Great. Right?<p>If you're like most people, your brain will start firing on all cylinders at this point, …

Self-improvement

Selling Products Is Good. Selling Projects Can Be Even Better

In the beginning companies sold products. And then they sold services. In recent years, the fashionable suggestion has been that companies sell experiences and solutions, solving the needs and aspirations of customers.<p>Companies, indeed, do all of these things. But increasingly, what companies sell …

Harvard Business Review

These Are The 8 Friends You Need To Be Happy In Life

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Happiness

20 Simple Ways to Hack Your Happiness, According to Science

From taking walks to listening to music -- do small things to greatly boost your happy quotient.<p>Happiness, anger, depression, anxiety, excitement -- we’ve all experienced each of these emotions before. It’s part of the human condition and how we’re wired. But if we had the option to feel happy …

Happiness

Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

Rising social media use has sparked a passionate debate among psychologists: are today’s young people more “Generation Me”, or “Generation We”?<p>At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her …

Psychology

Euthymia: Seneca on Achieving Tranquility

Do you ever doubt your best laid plans?<p>Question your choices and decisions? Compare yourself to others and their success? Instead of following your …

Self-improvement

Growth hacking: Strategies and techniques from marketing’s 25 most influential leaders

Born in 2010, the term “growth hacker” was first defined by Sean Ellis as “a person whose true north is growth” … someone with a “burning desire to …

Marketing

31 ways to optimize your smartphone

Be ready for anything life throws your way.<p>Studies show that we're spending half our waking hours with our smartphones, and it's clear that the devices have changed how we interact with our world. So why not optimize your device to get yourself a easier, more productive, more relaxing life? Below, …

Phones

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

A Robot You Can Relate To<p><b>Jibo / $899</b><p>Personal robots, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, have come a long way in recent years. But fundamentally, …

Jonathan Ive

The Fear of Missing Out: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Instagram

I used to have this problem. It was almost like an addiction. Except I wasn’t actually consuming something — rather, it was like an addiction of</i> …

Mind

Why The Peak-End Rule Will Make You Question Your Memories

When was the last time you traveled? Take a moment to re-visit that trip. I’m sure the first thing you’ll remember were the great moments you had. …

Happiness

The story of America, as told through diet books

“The South Beach Diet” sold 23 million diet books. Dr. Atkins sold another 15 million. Even lesser-known diet books like Christian best-sellers “The …

Diets

The Silicon Valley Diet

Tech’s body obsession<p>Not very long ago, while en route to lunch in downtown <b>Palo Alto</b>, I bumped into my dour pal, Arthur. He’d lost so much weight I hardly recognized him. He looked like a walking snake or eel. His eyeballs, which protruded slightly, were the only round things on him. My first …

Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity

“It takes a special energy, over and above one’s creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction.”<p><i>“And don’t ever imitate anybody,”</i> Hemingway cautioned in his advice to aspiring writers. But in this particular sentiment, the otherwise insightful Nobel …

Creativity

The Simple Idea That Drives Creativity At Amazon, Airbnb, And Dell

Think small.<p>When I first joined Frog design, a global innovation firm, my role was as an individual creative contributor. I was responsible for making things that helped clients better understand the business problems they faced, and offering creative solutions to those problems. My second project …

Design Thinking

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

171120_r30961We tend to caricature the elderly as either raddled wretches or cuddly Yodas.Illustration by Golden Cosmos<i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.Early in his career, Paul Newman personified a young man in a hurry forced to wait …

George H. W. Bush

How to sell a country: the booming business of nation branding

These days, every place in the world wants to market its unique identity – and an industry has sprung up to help put them on the map. By Samanth Subramanian<p>Lipetsk is already on the map: right there, on page 23 of the Collins World Atlas, a region of 1.2 million people, dead south from Moscow and …

Reba McEntire

The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium”

It’s a Wednesday morning in the IDEO San Francisco studio. Bright sunshine reflects off the Bay and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But in the project space, the mood is darker.<p>The team is on week five of their project. They’ve been conducting tons of human-centered interviews and broad …

Creativity

Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check

Which of these statements seems more trustworthy to you?<p>1) Americans are drowning in a tsunami of ignorance! There is a conspiracy at the highest levels to replace all knowledge with propaganda and disinformation.<p>2) A recent Stanford University report found that more than 80 percent of middle …

Journalism

This Is How To Create Happy Memories That Will Last A Lifetime: 3 Secrets From Research

<b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Happiness

From Zadie Smith to Ethan Hawke: why we love graphic novels

Famous fans tell us how they got hooked and name their all-time favourites<p>Zadie Smith, novelist<p><b>How did you get into graphic novels?</b><br>I read a lot of comics as a child, mainly those old Disney ones about Donald Duck and his nephews. Also <i>Asterix</i> and <i>Tintin</i> and that stuff. But the first adult graphic …

Graphic Novels

How to Write a First Draft Without Giving Up

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing.<p>The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their …

Harvard Business Review

Learning how to learn has been one of the most important skills I’ve acquired in my life. I learned how to learn in the Dojo (Karate School) and it has led to continued success. I knocked an opponent out in less than 15 seconds to become a bare knuckle Karate Champion I became one of […]

4 Simple Ways You Can Regain Your Focus at Work<p>Published<p>22 hours ago<p>on<p>Nov 3, 2017<p>It’s hard to get work done at work. Office chatter, phone calls, and …

Digital Marketing

The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

Homeschooling

The Atomic Theory of Origami

In 1970, an astrophysicist named Koryo Miura conceived what would become one of the most well-known and well-studied folds in origami: the Miura-ori. …

Origami