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Do Your Kids Really Need College?

If you think your kid absolutely needs a college degree, you're living in the 1990s.<p>High school kids ended the school year thinking about college, and perhaps some college kids are wondering whether to return. Here’s a revolutionary idea: maybe not.<p>I’m not against college. My husband and I both …

7 Tips For Creating Your Own Home Meditation Zone

With all the benefits that come with meditation, it makes sense to set aside a place in your home for this life-enhancing practice, even if it's a space that's technically made for something else.<p>5. Use calming colors

Meditation

Doing Just This One Thing Every Day Will Sharpen Your Brain Beyond Measure

It takes less than 10 minutes of your day.<p><i>What 10 minute daily activity would sharpen my mind over a year? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Nela Canovic, Productivity hacker,</b> …

Quora

Every single Stephen King novella, ranked

There aren't many best-selling authors out there who still write novellas.<p>In publishing terms, the form is a tricky one: often too short to stand …

9 Behaviors That Will Definitely Make You An Irresistible Person

“Julia has a certain magic, doesn’t she?” I heard a coworker say over margaritas a few years ago. Julia’s side hustle as a writer had recently taken …

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

If You're Broke But Want to Start a Company and Make $100K+, You Need to Read This

Meet the guy behind a bootstrapped company with almost no overhead and a giant following in New York City.<p>New York City is amazing, but it comes with challenges. For one thing, there are 20 million people living in the metro area, and it often seems we all want to do the same things at the same …

Business Strategy

4 Must-Read Books That Will Change Your Life This Year

It's not about reading 1,000 books. It's about reading the right few.<p>Say what you want about politics or culture--the past year has been amazing in terms of the books that have come out.<p>People dedicated to getting what they want in life are on a constant journey to learn more about themselves and …

Self-improvement

'4-Hour Workweek' author credits a simple 3-step exercise with putting him on the path to success

There was a moment in 2004 when he reached a turning point, he said in the TED Talk he gave this April in Vancouver.<p>That year, a friend died of pancreatic cancer and the girlfriend Ferriss planned on marrying broke up with him. He spent virtually all of his time working on his nutritional …

Self-improvement

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, …

Tony Robbins: The Secret to Living an Extraordinary Life

In his best-selling book Unshakeable, Tony Robbins explains that our lives are not shaped by our conditions but rather by our decisions. Living an extraordinary life is a choice that is always available to you despite your circumstances.<p>On a scale of 1 to 10, how is your stress level right now? As …

Tony Robbins

How to increase mental toughness: 4 secrets of Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Neuroscientists have used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of …

The Brain

Science Knows the 2-Step Process for Breaking the Bad Habits Holding You Back

Bad habits are terribly persistent, until you learn where the weak links are.<p>Bad habits can be like weeds in the garden, you get rid of them for a while, but they come right back. In order to successfully break a bad habit, you need to get to the roots.<p>A US-army major stationed in Baghdad was given …

5 Ways Powerfully Confident People Gain Mental Strength

Confidence and mental strength often go hand in hand.<p>One aspect of confidence that is rarely discussed is mental strength. While you may be able to identify a confident person based on their presence--the way that they carry themselves as they enter a room--you may not as easily pinpoint the …

Self-help

How to React Calmly in Stressful or Frustrating Situations

<b>“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get</b> …

11 Brilliant Resume Tricks That Worked

A mildly terrifying, but true, reality: A hiring manager spends 15 to 30 seconds, maximum, looking at your resume before deciding whether it belongs …

Employment

Learn how to Start a Fire With a Plastic Bag and Some Water

Every so often we have to step back and just appreciate just how awesome YouTube really is. No matter what you want to share or learn, there’s …

The 17 Painful Life Lessons Men Don't Want to Admit (but Need For Maximum Self-Development)

Learning these will save you years of hardship.<p>Mastering life lessons doesn't need to be painful. When information is available at your fingertips, you can take advantage of the wisdom others discover and integrate that knowledge into your life. And while many men are stubborn--always wanting to …

Self-improvement

Mark Zuckerberg Used This Trick to Combat Self-Doubt. You Can Too

Don't let self-doubt prevent you from reaching your goals.<p>In his recent Harvard commencement speech, Mark Zuckerberg explained how a couple years into his venture, some big companies wanted to buy Facebook. Everyone around him advised him to sell.<p>But Zuckerberg held onto his business a little …

Self-improvement

Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You

For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to …

70 Powerful Habits That Will Get Your Life Back on Track

People lose their way from time to time, but resetting is easier than you think.<p><i>What can I do to quickly get myself back on track? originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p>Understand that life is the …

Self-improvement

The Secret to Finding Your Passion Is the Opposite of What You've Been Told

To discover your future, look to the past.<p>Like many Millennials, I was told I could become whatever I wanted to be when I grew up. Before the age of ten I cycled through dreams of acting, singing, and becoming a veterinary pharmacist (true story).<p>Trying to find my passion was a near-obsession that …

Writing

A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new tool right now

We do know, however, that talking seems to help — especially under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. But therapy is expensive, inconvenient, and often hard to approach. A recent estimate suggests that of the roughly one in five Americans who have a mental illness, close to …

Mental Health

Increase Strength by Integrating Yoga: 10 Essential Postures for Strength Athletes

Before diving into the ways in which yoga will increase your performance, let me first lay out a few guiding principles in how to approach yoga …

An Introduction to Astrophotography: Shooting Stars for Beginners

Shooting the night sky can produce amazing images of endless starry skies, but it can be challenging to those used to working with plenty of light. …

11 Metaphysical Quotes That Can Get You Motivated for Work

Ever wonder why you're doing all this work in the first place? Look to the masters from years gone by (and a few modern sages) for a little perspective.<p>If you've ever faced a workday morning with dread, you may have looked into metaphysics as a way to get perspective on your workday. Who are we? …

Motivation

How to Build a Startup Business From Scratch in 2017

You don't need to be rich to build your first business.<p>I'm often asked about how I started as an entrepreneur, and I normally say it's easy. I say this to be encouraging -- the idea of starting an online business scares a lot of cash-strapped entrepreneurs, who tend to believe you need to be loaded …

22 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

If you're the kind of person perpetually on a mission to improve yourself, a good book can provide stellar inspiration and guidance.<p>If you're the kind of person perpetually on a mission to improve yourself, a good book can provide stellar inspiration and guidance. Here are top picks from nearly two …

Self-improvement

6 Plyometric Exercises for a No-Running Cardio Workout

<i>This article originally appeared on Life by Daily Burn.</i><p>The answer to your boring relationship with cardio: plyometric exercises. The lovechild of …