Insights

How I tricked my brain to like doing hard things (dopamine detox)

You probably don’t have a problem playing video games or browsing social media on your phone. In fact I have no doubt you could sit in front of a screen and do both of those activities for 2 hours, or even longer without breaking your concentration. But what about half an hour of studying? That…
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Top 10 cyber security tips

Reboot your mobile device(s) every morning Use a microphone/camera blocker on all devices/computers when not in use Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with all email/cloud/web accounts Use a Password Manager (with strong passwords, no password reuse) Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), make sure the VPN vendor is based in a friendly country! Make sure all…
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Throw out your to-do list — here’s what to do instead

I have a confession to make: I despise to-do lists.For years, I made the mistake of writing a to-do list at the start and end of my working day, telling myself that crossing things off would bring me great joy and satisfaction (spoiler alert: it didn’t).Countless colleagues and managers who professed their love (and obsession) for to-do lists told me…
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Why are humans so curious?

The human craving to know and understand is the driving force behind our development as individuals and even our success as a species. But curiosity can also be dangerous, leading to stumbles or even downfalls, so why does this impulse so often compel us throughout life? Put another way, why are humans so curious? And…
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What I’m thinking about

Things that reduce the odds of long-term success: Saying yes to too many things. Making excuses. Staying up late. Eating poorly. Checking email first thing in the AM. Working more to fix being busy. Buying things you don’t have the money for. Staying in a relationship when you’re not happy. Neglecting relationships that you take…
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The skill you’ve never been taught

No skill is more valuable and harder to come by than the ability to critically think through problems. And schools don’t teach you a method of thinking, you have to do the work yourself. Those who do it well get an advantage and those that do it poorly pay a tax. Poor initial decisions are…
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Why everything is your fault

There are two mindsets that matter: active and passive. With a passive mind, things happen to you and you’re not responsible for them. An active mind, on the other hand, means ownership. The difference between a passive and active mind is easy to spot. For example, if someone arrives late because of traffic, do they…
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Want to change your personality?

Olga Khazan is an award-winning writer for The Atlantic, where she covers health, gender, and science. When her new book, Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World, became an official Next Big Idea Club selection, Olga stopped by our headquarters to share an exclusive set of insights. We’re proud to share one of them below. Next…
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Straightforward vs. complicated people

A basic distinction in humans is between those who are simple and straightforward to deal with – and those who are – as we tend to be reminded when we interact with them – repeatedly tricky or complicated to handle. What makes straightforward people gratifying to be around isn’t so much that their positions and…
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Thinking for oneself

When I was young, I thought other people could give me wisdom. Now that I’m older, I know this isn’t true. Wisdom is earned, not given. When other people give us the answer, it belongs to them and not us. While we might achieve the outcome we desire, it comes from dependence, not insight. Instead…
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