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The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Mathematics

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Education

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution?

<b>Would you share your home with a robot or work side by side with one? People are starting to do both, which has put the relationship we have with them under the spotlight and exposed both our love and fear of the machines that are increasingly becoming a crucial part of our lives.</b><p>In Japan they grow …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Amazon is reportedly considering making its own TV service.</b> It has talked to CBS and NBC about carrying their channels.<p><b>2. Apple design chief Jony Ive says he can now work on "naughty, under-the-radar activities" now that he's the company's chief design officer.</b> "I haven't felt this happy or this …

Jeff Bezos

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

10 Deathbed Regrets You Can Avoid by Making Changes Now

<b>“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” ~Leonardo Da Vinci</b><p>It’s terrifying, isn’t it?<p>There you are—days, …

Overwhelmed By Your Life? Perhaps It Is Time to Simplify

If you had millions of dollars, what would you do? Buy an expensive house and car? How about a used van and park it by the ocean? That is exactly what Major League pitcher Daniel Norris did. Instead of spending his multimillion dollar contract to live up to the appearance of a celebrity ball …

The Myth of Multitasking: Why Fewer Priorities Leads to Better Work

The word <i>priority</i> didn't always mean what it does today.<p>In his best-selling book, Essentialism (audiobook), Greg McKeown explains the surprising …

Time Management

How to Think Like a Millionaire | Think Like a Millionaire

LOVE YOUR LIFE!<p><b>Ready to face your fears, overcome adversity, and create a life you LOVE? Listen to the Do It Scared® Podcast with Ruth Soukup on</b> …

Personal Finance

How to Program Your Mind to Stop Buying Crap You Don’t Need

We all buy things from time to time that we don't really need. It's okay to appeal to your wants every once in a while, as long as you're in control. …

Personal Finance

Treat your spouse like a stranger and other surprising research on how to be happy

Does money buy happiness? Can strangers make us happy? Elizabeth Dunn is co-author of the book <i>Happy Money,</i> and a social psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. What she says may surprise you. She explains:<p><b>Q: You study what makes us happy. What’s the answer!?</b><p><b>Dunn:</b> One thing …

Happiness

The key to happiness comes down to one word

Researchers did a survey — and the answer was about $80.<p>Other than pure love and dodging discomfort, people were willing to pay the most for happiness.<p>Via "The Upside of Your Dark Side:"<p>$ 44.30 for calm tranquility,<br>• $ 62.80 for excitement,<br>• $ 79.06 for happiness,<br>• $ 83.27 to avoid fear,<br>• $ 92.80 to avoid …

Happiness

Why Procrastination Doesn’t Need a Cure: A Guide to Structured Distraction

Recently, I read a great book and promised to mail it to a friend overseas when I was done… about nine months ago. Today, I finally wandered down to …

If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything: Lessons from the “Marathon Monks”

In the northeastern hills outside Kyoto, Japan there is a mountain known as Mount Hiei. That mountain is littered with unmarked graves.<p>Those graves …

How to Eliminate Habits Holding You Back From Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Humans love routine. When it comes to achieving measurable goals, this means we tend to do what we’ve always done, how we’ve always done it, in the same order as always.<p>This also goes for our habits when working in teams. You’ve probably …

8 Pieces Of Wisdom From Winnie The Pooh, A Bear Stuffed With Fluff (PHOTOS)

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

Self-improvement

Your Spouse Is The Most Important Backer In A Startup

Whenever I sit down with a soon-to-be startup founder or a prospective employee at my startup, I always ask one fundamental question:<p>“Is your spouse cool with what you’re about to do?”<p>In my book, it’s all that matters. Having the support of your spouse can make or break an entrepreneur or anyone …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran for over 25 years. He founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming</i> …

Startup Advice

In honor of the new YC batch starting tomorrow, here is some of the best startup advice I’ve heard or given (mostly heard):<p>1. Make something people …

For Busy Entrepreneurs

Building Your Business Around Learning<p>Eric Ries hates that he was forced to validate having to throw out 25,000 lines of code by telling himself that …

Who's Behind the Sad, Anonymous Truth of 'My Startup Has 30 Days to Live'?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A mysterious Tumblr began circulating through the tech press on Tuesday as an anonymous startup …

Startup To Success: How To Avoid Early Pitfalls And Get Past The $3 Million Problem

A lot of risk-taking goes on, while on the entrepreneurial trail. Starting a business is an outright risk, itself. But there’s also room for some prudence on the path. There are pitfalls and problems along the way, and it helps to have mentors, who can — in some cases — help you avoid common …

Why Chinese telecom giant Huawei could buy BlackBerry

Better learn how to pronounce that (nearly) unpronounceable Chinese telecommunications company’s name, and quickly. (It’s HWA- WAY.) Huawei has hinted in recent weeks that it might be interested in making a bid for BlackBerry, the smartphone developer-manufacturer. For Huawei, that would mark a …

Mobile Technology

Foundation: Evan Williams on Hatching Big Ideas

In today’s episode of my Foundation series, serial entrepreneur Evan Williams talks candidly about his experiences building Blogger, Twitter, and his latest project, Medium. Ev recounts the early days of Twitter, shares what he’s learned about how to scale fast-growth products, and explains his …

Has Amazon Really Figured Out How To Screw Small Businesses Out Of Their Google Rankings?

The news site describes the process as "black hat" search engine optimization (SEO) that places Amazon search results above legitimate results for the actual businesses people are searching for.<p>That's a serious charge. But that's not quite what is going on.<p>In fact, we're not sure that the Dot has …

eCommerce