Mohammed Abzakh

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10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Do these exercises consistently, and you’ll run faster and stronger.<p>Whenever the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners tend to respond with, “Wait, I’m supposed to do something other than running?” Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in …

Workouts

Here's the remarkably simple secret to forming lifelong habits

<i>What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.</i><i><br>—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars</i><p>As I studied habits, I slowly began to recognize the tremendous importance of the time of beginning.<p>The most important step is the first step. …

Behavioral Sciences

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Art

The man who grew eyes

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. I met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells<p>The train line from mainland Kobe is a marvel of urban transportation. Opened in 1981, Japan’s first driverless, fully automated train pulls out of Sannomiya station, guided smoothly …

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, …

Motivation

Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

5 Common Twitter Mistakes You Might Still Be Making

<i>This post originally appeared on the Twitter Counter blog.</i><p>Twitter can be a great tool for establishing your brand, building a community and extending your influence. But to get the most out of Twitter and do all of the above, first you need to avoid making these common mistakes.<p>1. Starting a tweet …

Ronaldo Mouchawar: How I created Souq.com

You Might Be Breathing Ineffectively. Here's How to Fix That

You'd think there's only one way to breathe, like the way you do naturally, but you'd be wrong. Certain methods take more work than others, and you …

The complete guide to listening to music at work

If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones.<p>It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens. But not all music is created …

Flute

23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

Books

Guerrilla tips for raising venture capital

I was 27 when I raised my first round of venture capital for Academia.edu, around $600,000 from some London investors. Since then, I’ve raised close to $18 million from investors like Spark Capital, True Ventures and Khosla Ventures. I’ve learned a few lessons along the way that I thought might be …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

How to Wrap a Sandwich

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Wrap your sandwich like the gift that it is.</i><p>Your much-needed lunch break finally rolls around. But you open up your brown bag only to find that your …

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

Body Language

Run and Retweet

Runners love advice. Reading it, heeding it, sharing it. But in the middle of a tough workout, you forget how exactly a lactate-threshold run affects mitochondria. What sticks instead is short, pithy, maybe reflective, often funny. In the old days, you might’ve called it an aphorism. Today, it’s a …

Marathons

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 10 Best Tools for Documenting Systems Amongst Your Team

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack …

Models’ Faces Turned Into Stunning Optical Illusions By Creative Russian Duo

Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov and makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan have created a bewitching series of portraits that play with the …

Black & White Photography

Life Changers: 15 of the Most Inspirational Books For Entrepreneurs

Every once in a while, you read a book that changes you -- inspiring your career, clarifying your goals, challenging your thinking. The right book can give you the courage to start your business, the reality check that you're not yet ready or the quiet affirmation that you're not alone in your …

Harvard

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it's true—but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building …

Self-improvement

6 Things Happy People Never Do

<i>Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;<br>it is something you design into the present.</i><p>Happy people do a lot of things. They spend time …

Let’s Kill The Aid Industry

Long have I nursed a healthy contempt for the aid industry. As I spent much of a decade wandering around the planet, taking local public transit through poor and/or unstable nations1, I kept encountering aid workers in their flashy white branded 4x4s, and was almost invariably resoundingly …

9 Technical Skills All Non-Technical Founders Need to Have

<i>The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young</i> …

Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity

In part one of our two-part series, Fast Company senior editor Jason Feifer makes a case for giving all workers a little alone time–behind an office door.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>I had an office. Now I don’t.<p>I’m not …

New York City

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

The secrets of the world's happiest cities

What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation?<p>Check out theguardian.com/cities: a new website devoted to the future of cities all over the world<p>Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing …

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

<i>By Martha Beck</i><p>In the past 10 years, I've realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I'm most grateful to have <i>un</i>learned:<p><b>1. Problems are bad.</b> You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You …