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The Five Most Important Health Lessons of 2017

This past year was an interesting one when it comes to health and human performance. Eliud Kipchoge came breathtakingly close to running a marathon in under two hours. Aging athletes like Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Lebron James, Shalane Flanagan, and Roger Federer dominated their respective sports …

8 Rules to Do Everything Better

“Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life,” writes investor Ray Dalio in his bestselling book, <i>Principles</i><i>.</i> Dalio focuses on skills like decision-making, investing, and managing organizations. While reading through it, I …

Motivation Is Overrated

The great part about New Year’s resolutions: You feel wonderful when you’re making them. The not-so-great part: Odds are you’ll fail before the end of the year.<p>According to 2017 data collected by the University of Scranton, only 9 percent of people stick to their resolutions for a full year. Most …

How New Tech Is Transforming Our Olympic Teams

Team USA is embracing new technology to give them an extra boost at this year’s Games.<p>Couch Skiing<p>Before American ski racers push through the gate at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in February, they will have already run the downhill course hundreds of times. Sort of.<p>In the winter of 2016, a handful …

All Dogs Are Emotional Support Animals

A few years ago, I hit rock bottom. I was pushed out of the business I'd spent seven years building by someone I once considered a friend. Making matters much worse, I badly injured myself in a motorcycle crash, and it took me three months of hard work to be able to walk again. The worst part, …

Pets

The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance

On a frigid Saturday night in the university town of Sherbrooke, Quebec, in February 1996, I was pondering—yet again—one of the great enigmas of endurance: John Landy. The stocky Australian is one of the most famous bridesmaids in sport, the second man in history to run a sub-four-minute mile. In …

Marathons

Wisdom from the World's Best Marathoner

Eliud Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, gave an address last November at the Oxford Union Society, a 200-year-old institution that touts itself as the “most famous debating society in the world.” Though there was no debating as such, attendees nonetheless got to hear two distinct …

Marathons

The Case for Lowering Your Expectations

Consider Amelia Boone. The world-champion Spartan racer is a Type A pusher. When she’s not winning Spartan events or racing ultramarathons, she’s a corporate lawyer for Apple. Boone has always set high expectations for herself, and that has undoubtedly helped propel her to the top.<p>But after a …

Medical Journals

Can a Running Club Help Fight Homelessness?

At the starting line of the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco last June, flour tortillas are flying, and runners are preparing to make the annual 12K pilgrimage from the Bay Bridge to the Pacific Ocean. Heading to our assigned corral, I spot a few racers rolling kegs and one totally naked but …

Gavin Newsom

An Ode to the Quiet, Little, Forgotten Places

One thing I love about traveling in Artemis the Airstream is that anything and everywhere is a possible destination. Places that might normally seem far-off become as accessible as your backyard and one-light towns with no hotels that you’d otherwise speed past are suddenly as comfy as home.<p>Case in …

Hiking

Shalane Flanagan on How to Achieve Peak Performance

Last year, on November 5, I watched the end of the New York City Marathon on television. I got chills as Shalane Flanagan crossed the finish line, becoming the first American woman to win the race in 40 years. I could only imagine the years of dedication, passion, and resolve behind that …

Marathons

Never Discount The Power Of Your Running Journey

When we toe the line of a race, everyone is about to experience the exact some route. However, the journey we take to get to that starting line is …

Near-Death Experiences

Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life

Many of us spend our entire lives trying to achieve happiness and the perfect life balance to leave us fulfilled. So what is the key to living a full, fruitful life? In Japan, a concept called <i>ikigai</i> is central to finding one’s satisfaction and meaning in life. In fact, <i>ikigai</i> translates to “reason …

Happiness

The 3 Things Employees Really Want: Career, Community, Cause

Strike up a conversation about work values, and it won’t be long before someone brings up a pyramid — a famous psychologist’s best-known theory. Abraham Maslow’s big idea was that we all have a hierarchy of needs: once our basic physiological and safety needs are fulfilled, we seek love and …

Employee Engagement

A physicist reveals the secrets of human endurance

A new book explains how our brains can hold our performance back, and how to get around it.<p>Watch the end of a long race, and you’ll notice a strange pattern: The athletes speed up. This happens to 5K runners, Olympic cross-country skiers, and ultramarathoners, who all suddenly find enough gas in …

Exercise

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Quantum Computing

How a Marathoner's Mindset will Help You Run Your Company Over the Long Haul

Three sure-fire tips to help you make running a habit and help you go the distance.<p>Running a company is like running a marathon. You need a strategy for how you will keep your rhythm over the long haul. While some entrepreneurs burn out early, others seem to get stronger and wiser as the years go …

Marathons

10 Amazing Stories of World Marathon Challenge Participants

“Survivor” contestants, baseball executives, teachers, and former football coaches are just a sampling of the competitors in the 2018 field.<p>The World Marathon Challenge (WMC) kicks off today, January 30, 2018, with its first 26.2-mile race in Novo, Antarctica. Once runners cross that first arctic …

Marathons

This Is The One And Only Way To Apologize

Knowing how to deliver and follow through on an apology may be one of the hardest and most important lessons of leadership.<p>I'm sorry.<p>How many times have you uttered those two words or heard them? None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. We all break trust. We are all insecure about something. …

Positive Thinking

How the World’s Oldest Company Reinvented Itself

The decline in demand for paper hit Stora Enso hard. By 2011 the pulp and paper giant — the world’s oldest corporation, dating back to 1288 — had laid off over one-third of its 30,000 employees. Though profitable again, the company needed to transform itself into a global renewable materials …

Management

Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?

In our assessments, surveys, and interviews of over a thousand leaders, many comments stood out, but one in particular was especially powerful and thought-provoking. “Leadership today,” Javier Pladevall, CEO of Audi Volkswagen, Spain, told us, “is about unlearning management and relearning being …

Leadership

Facing public pressure, companies are ditching plastic

After the EU unveiled a high-profile push to rid the continent of plastic waste, now companies like McDonald's, Costa and Evian are announcing their …

'Servant Leadership' and How Its 6 Main Principles Can Boost the Success of Your Startup

Empathy, awareness and community are among the qualities defining a true 'leader.'<p>Founder of FE International<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Any experienced entrepreneur or manager will tell you that as a business grows, one of the biggest challenges is leadership. That …

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the <i>people</i> holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched.<p>Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One …

Goal Setting

Thirty years ago, one man convinced me to trade my alcohol addiction for running. This is how it happened:

Three decades ago, Rusty Smith put the bottle down. When one man recognized his efforts to curb his alcohol addiction, he convinced him to sign up …

Drug Addiction

Indonesian startup wages war on plastic with edible seaweed cups

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Jakarta food and beverages retailer Ong Tek Tjan sells ice cream in cups his customers can eat afterwards, instead of throwing away - they are made from seaweed and taste like jelly, in flavors from peppermint to green tea.<p>Indonesian startup Evoware, which makes the cups, as …

Design Thinking for Startups

A Candid conversation with Nitin Sethi of Quikr on Design Thinking for Startups<p><b>Eight out of Ten entrepreneurs</b> who start businesses fail within the …

Design Thinking

Intuit VP: How Design Is Reshaping People’s Relationship To Money

“Money sits at the intersection of almost all human choice, and most often it’s a huge anxiety creator. Finally [financial] institutions are recognizing that they have to be customer-centered. What better than design to wield that flag?”<p><b>Leslie Witt is vice president of design at the financial</b> …

The NYT Climate Desk Wants You To Give A Damn About Global Warming

The paper of record is increasingly using graphic design and data viz to explain complex climate science.<p>2017 was the year that natural disasters became more than natural disasters: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The Mexico earthquake. The California wildfires. Devastating heat waves, floods, …

Good Design Is a Public Good

In an excerpt from his book <i>Design for Good</i>, John Cary considers the achievements and future of the social-impact design movement.<p><i>The following is excerpted from</i> Design for Good <i>by John Cary, with a foreword by Melinda Gates (Island Press, $30). The book collects 20 case studies of public-interest</i> …