Nic Atmore

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No One Can Think Outside the Box

Taxi services think inside a box. So did Blockbuster. So does Microsoft.<p>But here’s the thing. Uber, Netflix, and Apple also think inside boxes. So do you. So do I.<p>A box is a frame, a paradigm, a habit, a perspective, a silo, a self-imposed set of limits; a box is context and interpretation. We …

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Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Improve Your Ability to Learn

<i>On the surface, John looked like the perfect up-and-coming executive to lead BFC’s Asia expansion plans. He went to an Ivy League B-school. His track record was flawless. Every goal or objective the organization had ever put in front of him, he’d crushed without breaking a sweat.</i><p><i>But something broke</i> …

The Measure of a Life Well Lived: Henry Miller on Growing Old, the Perils of Success, and the Secret of Remaining Young at Heart

<i>“On how one orients himself to the moment,”</i> 48-year-old <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) wrote in reflecting on the art of living in 1939, <i>“depends the failure or fruitfulness of it.”</i> Over the course of his long life, Miller sought ceaselessly to orient himself toward maximal …

Alan Watts on the Difference Between Belief and Faith

A century and a half before Carl Sagan explored the relationship between science and religion, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the subject in a beautiful letter. Two centuries later, Alan Lightman crafted an enchanting definition of secular spirituality. This …

Samuel L. Jackson Recites Famous 'Pulp Fiction' Speech On The Graham Norton Show

"Pulp Fiction" recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and two decades later the cinematic classic is just as iconic as ever.<p>Samuel L. Jackson, who played Jules Winnfield in the Quentin Tarantino film, stopped by BBC One's "The Graham Norton Show" and …

Why We Sleep Together

A long time ago, beds were expensive—but there's more to it than that.<p>With a guest in town occupying the second bedroom of our Manhattan apartment, my three-year-old son, a notorious sideways sleeper, bunked with my pregnant wife and me. Too many snores and little feet in the back of my neck, I …

Masters of Love

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.<p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry …

The Real Reason That Young People Can't Find Jobs

The Wall Street Journal says the problem is that Obama killed entry-level work. In fact, the problem is that too much work only pays an entry-level wage.<p>It's fairly amazing to write an article called "Why Young People Can't Find Work" that doesn't include the word <i>recession</i> or the phrase <i>going to</i> …

Funny or Die

How your sense of humor can improve your health, get you pregnant, and even save your life<p>Laughter is the best medicine, or so the cliché goes. Actually, given the choice between laughter and, say, penicillin or chemotherapy, you’re probably better off choosing one of the latter. Still, a great …

Why Dads Matter

A third of American children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.<p>MIDVALE, Utah — Jordan Ott was the third of his mother’s six children, born over the course of four marriages.<p>By age 8, he’d had two step-dads; his brothers and sisters had more or fewer based on birth order. Each …

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show <i>Design Matters</i> and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of …

The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time

The commencement address is the secular sermon of our time — a packet of timeless advice on life, dispensed by a podium-perched patronly or matronly shaman of wisdom to a congregation of eager young minds about to enter the so-called “real world.” But the genre’s finest specimens speak to all of us …

Adrienne Rich on Why an Education Is Something You Claim, Not Something You Get

In September of 1977, months before the publication of her exquisite <i>Dream of a Common Language</i> and exactly two decades before becoming the first and so far only person to refuse the prestigious National Medal of Arts in an act of remarkable political courage, <b>Adrienne Rich</b> stood before the …

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams on How Our Choices Shape the World, Animated

<i>“It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it,”</i> young Hunter S. Thompson wrote in his exquisite letter of advice to a friend. In fact, life — the world — only ever changes when we actively refuse to accept its givens and choose to build new alternatives. But …

Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli

<i>“We’re all going from point A to point B — how we get there is the conductor’s problem,”</i> legendary graphic designer Massimo Vignelli (January 10, 1931–May 27, 2014) once said at an event we both attended several years ago. Although Vignelli reached his final point B, after a long illness, he lives …

Maya Angelou on Identity and the Meaning of Life

The light of the world has grown a little dimmer with the loss of the phenomenal <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014), but her legacy endures as a luminous beacon of strength, courage, and spiritual beauty. Angelou’s timeless wisdom shines with unparalleled light in a 1977 interview by …

Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

Shortly after turning fifty, <b>Leo Tolstoy</b> (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) succumbed to a profound spiritual crisis. With his greatest works behind him, he found his sense of purpose dwindling as his celebrity and public acclaim billowed, sinking into a state of deep depression and melancholia …

Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and Learning to Stop Letting Others Define You

<i>“Discipline,”</i> the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, <i>“is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves [and] toward the society in which we live.”</i> It’s a dimensional definition that touches, ever so gently, on the second meaning of …

Stressful Relationships vs. Isolation: The Battle for Our Lives

If a fraught relationship might be significantly shortening your life, are you better off alone?<p>"In your everyday life, do you experience conflicts with any of the following people?"<p>Partner<br>• Children<br>• Other family<br>• Friends<br>• Neighbors<p>A Danish health survey asked almost 10,000 people between ages 36 and 52 …

Why Motivating Others Starts with Using the Right Language

The seven members of the offers team gathered for their weekly standup at the New York-based technology startup. There had been misconnects the …

Leadership

The slow death of purposeless walking

<b>A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking - just for its own sake - and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk?</b><p>Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, …

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'The Matrix' Is Dated and Embarrassing

It's accepted that the sequels suck, but try watching the original "classic" again and realize that the nu-metal soundtrack, new age-y philosophizing, and leather fetishizing render the film a hideous anachronism of a time we all wish we could forget.<p><i>Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons</i><p>March 31 …

What a Weird Freak Scene the South African Election Trail Is

Populist insurgent Julius Malema is trying to become a pop-culture icon akin to China's Mao, complete with a cottage industry promoting his image. But with no actual support from the voting populace, being plastered on an ironic propaganda T-shirt is...<p><i>ANC leader Jacob Zuma. Photo via Wikimedia</i> …

The Last Man at Nuremberg

The life of 95-year-old Benjamin Ferencz, the only living prosecutor from the war-crime trials that followed the Holocaust<p>Benjamin Ferencz was 27 when the <i>Einsatzgruppen</i> trial began in 1947. There were 22 defendants, all men, all members of the German SS. “One of the counsel has characterized this …

5 Reasons You Thrive When You Give

There's a lot more to living a successful life than just the cutthroat race to the corner office, says Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. Want to live fuller, happier? Then make sure that giving to others is written into your program, said Huffington, …

The Power of Reflection at Work

It Does Help to Think<p>Reflecting on Work Improves Job Performance<p>Working Knowledge<p>Very few companies give their employees time for reflection, especially when competitive pressures are escalating. Usually the imperative is to double down and work harder – don’t stop to think, just drive forward. But …

How to Hire More Top Performers

How much is your top salesperson worth? Your star engineer? Your best marketer? Everyone knows that some people get better results than others. But the best aren’t just a little better than the rest — they’re typically <i>a lot</i> better. Bain & Company’s research, discussed here, suggests that top …