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This is What Makes A Vacation Restorative

Here’s how to make sure you return to work fully recharged after your vacation.<p>Time off helps us recover. When we’re not working, we’re able to rebuild internal resources that we depleted while dealing with the stress of work. But not all time off recharges us equally.<p>What is it about some …

The Workplace

Five Techniques for Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Disappointments are a part of life. Here are five tips for staying positive when things don't go our way.<p>My great-grandparents, Cleve and Zelma Carder, lost almost everything they owned during the Dust Bowl years. After losing their homestead and ranch, they packed what they could into a Conestoga …

Happiness

Kumail Nanjiani Is the Future of Funny

With his breakout role on Silicon Valley and a new rom-com that's both romantic and comedic, we can see Kumail Nanjiani's future will be filled with success and happiness. And much less confusion on the streets. (You'll understand in a moment.)<p>Photographs by<p>If you recognize the caped man above, …

TV

Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

L<i>ive, die, repeat</i> -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film <i>Edge of Tomorrow --</i> describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a video game, in which dying resets a staged arrangement …

Game Design

Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain.<p>But …

Venture Capital

Your Addiction to Social Media Is No Accident

They're using manipulative tricks from casinos, among other things.<p>On February 9, 2009, Facebook introduced the like button. Initially, the button was an innocent thing. It had nothing to do with hijacking the social reward systems of a user's brain.<p>"The main intention I had was to make positivity …

Social Media

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists

How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann<p>“Nobody can advise you and help you, nobody,” said Rainer Maria Rilke in <i>Letters to a Young Poet</i> …

Authors

Elon Musk's resume of failures

Feeling like all you’ve accrued in a career is failure doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you’re learning as you go.<p>Take heart in this list of …

Why Designers Are Reviving This 30-Year-Old Japanese Productivity Theory

Toyota’s 5S principles, which ushered in lean manufacturing in the 1980s, are experiencing a renaissance.<p>Decades before Marie Kondo became the go-to Japanese organizational guru—transforming her name into a verb and selling more than 6 million copies of her book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying</i> …

Lean Manufacturing

The Viral Machine

Super Deluxe built a weird internet empire. Can it succeed on TV?<p>When Wolfgang Hammer talks about the future of entertainment, people listen. Hammer is the mastermind behind the American reboot of <i>House of Cards,</i> the guy with the unlikely idea of bringing together David Fincher and a forgotten BBC …

TV

There’s no shame in a $100M startup

The era of unicorn startups has created a distorted view of entrepreneurial success. All the talk about billion-dollar exits has inflated the numbers that define a win. Starting and selling a company for $100 million dollars is an outlier event in terms of pure entrepreneurial probability, but such …

Venture Capital

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This story appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>In the fall of 1989 Princeton University welcomed into its freshman class a young man named Alexi Santana, whose life story the admissions committee had found extraordinarily compelling.<p>He had barely received any formal …

Psychology

Failure or Regret, Choose Wisely

F<p>ear. It stops us from trying. It prevents us from reaching our potential. It holds us back.<p>Fear is what keeps us from doing the things that we truly …

Motivation

3 Very Short Books on 3 Very Big Ideas

<b>ON TYRANNY</b> <b><br>Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century</b><br>By Timothy Snyder<br>126 pp. Tim Duggan, paper, $7.99.<p>The months after Donald Trump was elected president have been boom times for scholars of authoritarianism. Masha Gessen wrote a widely circulated essay on the New York Review of Books website …

Democracy

The Essential To-Do List for New Leaders

<b>By Karen Cates, Adjunct Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University</b>If stepping into a new leadership role has you feeling a little nervous, multiply that feeling by ten to estimate the apprehension rippling through your new team. While you may be wondering whether you are …

Leadership

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers

The much-buzzed-about conference generated a gargantuan list of intriguing book recommendations.<p>TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to …

Books

The books every new graduate should read, according to a dozen business leaders

New graduates may think they’re ready for the world, but even after all that learning, there’s still room in their heads for some wisdom. We asked a dozen business leaders—from CEOs of big companies and startups, to deans of leading business schools—what books they would put in the hands of a newly …

Books

What Design Can Do: Spark Social Change

In its adolescence, design was invested with vision. Its ambitious exponents claimed that it could imagine new structures for society; design would …

Graphic Design

Seneca on True and False Friendship

“Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.”<p><i>“Friendship is unnecessary,”</i> C.S. Lewis wrote, <i>“like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather</i> …

Cool Stuff

Warby Parker Cofounders Tell New Grads It’s Fine To Make It Up As You Go Along

“You’re more likely to get to your destination if you dream big but fail small. “<p>Before Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa started Warby Parker with their fellow cofounders Jeff Raider and Andy Hunt, they felt the way a lot of new grads do: extremely well-educated in a narrow range of really specific …

Customer Service

Is Intelligence Genetic?

Exactly what constitutes intelligence, and to what extent it is genetic, are some of the most controversial questions in science. But now a new study …

Intelligence

Don't Just Sell a Product, Sell an Idea

The founders of Motto chat with Mario Armstrong about the importance of investing in your business idea.<p>When you're starting a business or trying to monetize your passions, you might not think it's worth investing big money in your brand. But, as the founders of Motto explain in this clip from the</i> …

Entrepreneurship

The 5 Books On Bill Gates’s Summer Reading List–From Jimmy Carter To Trevor Noah

If you are worried your beach reads might be a little too easy this summer, Gates has some more heady suggestions for you.<p>As one of the world’s top philanthropists, perhaps it makes sense that Bill Gates is treating beach reading like an intellectual cause: Each year, he offers up his list of the …

Books

People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head …

Product Management

These are the arguments against net neutrality — and why they’re wrong

The next few months will be full of bitter dissent regarding the FCC’s net neutrality rules, how they should be enforced, and indeed whether they should exist at all.<p>Several primary arguments against the rules as they stand have appeared as talking points or recurring themes; they are worth …

Net Neutrality

How To Avoid Burnout: 3 Secrets From Research

Ever wake up exhausted and just dread going to work? Do you feel like that most days? Every day?<p>And we’ve all seen others who have suffered the death …

Happiness

The history of tea - Shunan Teng

Yuval Noah Harari on the future according to Facebook - Yuval Noah Harari

First published in the Financial Times on March 25, 2017<p>A full text article<p>Posted On May 3, 2017<p>Mark Zuckerberg last month published an audacious …

Facebook

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber

One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he …

Psychology