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All hail the rise of India’s urban stupid

India’s 1% are suffering like its 99%—that is, if the 99% had sports cars and Louis Vuitton shoes.<p>According to anecdotes reported by BuzzFeed, an aspiring actress works in a dance bar to afford a Gucci top. A marketing executive bought a fancy car on <b></b>a bank loan but now sleeps in it because she …

Know your craft!

During the Middle Ages, the concept of apprenticeship had a firm hold over the vocational system. The blacksmith, the tailor, the carpenter, the …

I create not because I feel like it to but because I have to!

I create not because I feel like it to but because I have to! Sitting idle never got anybody nowhere. Only hustle did. So you’ve got to start …

Be A Fucking Weirdo.

Don’t hide your passions. They’re the key to doing awesome shit.<p>Weirdness is good. It sets us apart and allows us to be wholly different from the …

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

My Choicest Lines from the Slade House by David Mitchell

David Mitchell spins an engrossing tale in his latest book Slade House, sequel to The Bone Clocks. The war between the Shaded Way and The Horologists …

The end of the line

WHETHER in Nairobi or Albuquerque, a shopping centre is not really a shopping centre unless it has at least two anchor tenants. These can be …

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Favorite Quotes from Medium Posts In 2015

On Personal Development, Hustling, Females in Tech, Startups, Growth Marketing, and Overall Learning<p>On Personal Development: 12 Stories<p>“People early …

Bruce Lee on Self-Actualization and the Crucial Difference Between Pride and Self-Esteem

“The less promise and potency in the self, the more imperative is the need for pride. The core of pride is self-rejection.”<p><i>“Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you,”</i> Anna Deavere Smith wrote in her invaluable advice to young artists. But how does one …

17 Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes That Will Turn Your World View Outside In

<b>“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ―</b>Jiddu Krishnamurti<p>A sage is someone who can put into words the …

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter of Advice to His Lovesick Teenage Son

Nobel laureate <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) might be best-known as the author of <i>East of Eden</i>, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, and <i>Of Mice and Men</i>, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. <b>Steinbeck: A Life in Letters</b> (<i>public library</i>) constructs an alternative biography of the iconic …

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

<i>“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,”</i> Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: <i>“Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…”</i> Far from Pollyanna platitude, this …

A successful life depends on following your instincts over your primal need to fit in

<b>Part 1: Meet your mammoth</b><p>The first day I was in second grade, I came to school and noticed that there was a new, very pretty girl in the class—someone who hadn’t been there the previous two years. Her name was Alana and within an hour, she was everything to me.<p>When you’re seven, there aren’t really …

The Day Dostoyevsky Discovered the Meaning of Life in a Dream

One November night in the 1870s, legendary Russian writer <b>Fyodor Dostoyevsky</b> (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) discovered the meaning of life in a dream — or, at least, the protagonist in his final short story did. The piece, which first appeared in the altogether revelatory <b>A Writer’s Diary</b></i> …

The Answer is No

To late-night drinks.<br>To a 90-minute lunch in the middle of the day.<br>To water cooler gossip*.<p>To the 2 hours of small talk on the plane.<br>To the party …

The One Secret Thing All Successful People Do

…<p>They don’t look for secrets to success in freaking blog posts.<p>— — — — — — —<p><i>Jay Acunzo is the creator & host of</i> <i>Unthinkable</i><i>, the show for craft-driven</i> …

Some advice from Jeff Bezos

A few years ago Jeff Bezos stopped by our office and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 …

131 Actionable Ideas from Ten Books I Wish I Had Read Ages Ago

I highly recommend you read these books and form your own takes. But if you only have 45–90 seconds time blocks, here is a list of times to go …

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most …

5 Steps to Change Your Perspective & Overcome Challenges

<b>“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human</b> …

Elon Musk’s First Wife On What It Takes To Become A Billionaire

I can only assume that Justine Musk, first wife of billionaire Elon Musk, knows a thing or two about wealth and hard work — her ex-husband is a …

To Become a Leader, Think Beyond Your Role

The world is full of people with opinions. Television, radio, and other media are brimming over with commentators making suggestions and offering seemingly authoritative advice to government officials and corporate executives about what they ought to do. At dinners and cocktail parties — and around …

Google Has a Secret Interview Process... And It Landed Me a Job

Three months ago, I thought I wasn’t ready to apply for a job at Google. Google disagreed.<p>I was in the midst of a career transition. I had spent …

Everything you need to know about India’s brand new payments banks

• <b>Aditya Birla Nuvo</b>: A part of the $41 billion Aditya Birla group, a conglomerate controlled by billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla, the firm already has a presence in financial and telecom services. It has an asset management business, a private equity firm, and also offers non-banking financial …

Video: China’s stock market crisis, explained

Reuters/Aly Song<p>1989 OR 1929?<p>By August 24, 2015<p>China’s falling stock market has investors around the world on edge as it threatens to take global markets down with it.<p>But whether or not China’s market chaos triggers a worldwide crisis, the country is headed for a reckoning. And since there aren’t a …

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Here’s Why Your Brain Seems Mostly Dormant - Issue 27: Dark Matter

You’ve probably heard the myth that the average person uses only 10 percent of their brain. It’s a seductive lie because it suggests that we could be …

‘If not now then when, if not us then who’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From bootstrapping to brand building, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! <b>StoryBites</b> is a weekly …