Better Yourself

How to get promoted
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Almost everyone who does great work toils in relative obscurity. Performance reviews are social fiction. How do people really advance through the corporate hierarchy?

How To Say No, For The People Pleaser Who Always Says Yes
npr.org/2020/09/15/913207918/how-to… 

It can be tempting to say yes to things you just don't want to do. Might as well just get it done so nothing bad happens, right?

Marc Andreessen On Productivity, Scheduling, Reading Habits, Work, and More
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This interview was recorded earlier this year and originally appeared on The Observer Effect; it has only been lightly edited for formatting here.

At 31, I have just weeks to live. Here's what I want to pass on
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Now that there’s no longer any way to treat my cancer, I’ve been reflecting on what I want others to know about life and death, says Elliot Dallen

I Thought I Would Have Accomplished a Lot More Today and Also by the Time I Was Thirty-Five
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When I think about all the time I frittered away today, it agitates me, and I jump on Wikipedia to look up famous nineteenth-century circuses.

Steve Jobs on Failure
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The Santa Clara Valley Historical Association conducted a film interview with Steve Jobs in 1994.

You want people to do the right thing? Save them the guilt trip
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If you want to inspire people to do the right thing, don’t guilt-trip them. Positive emotions are a more powerful motivator

Lifestyle changes could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases – study
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Addressing 12 factors such as excessive drinking and air pollution exposure may have significant effect, experts say

Learn trumpet in 30 days challenge
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He decided to learn how to play the trumpet in 30 days and see how far he could go with the instrument.

Your 'Doomscrolling' Breeds Anxiety.
npr.org/2020/07/19/892728595/your-d… 

So many of us do it: You get into bed, turn off the lights, and look at your phone to check Twitter one more time.

Why Do So Many Programmers Lose Hope?
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In the first decade of my career, I would get angry at everyone around me and turned to the Internet to vent my frustration. It seemed like managers and othe...

How To Simplify Your Life
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What many of us long for more than anything else is a simpler life; we feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities, schedules, commitments and obligations. This...

The Theory Of Nothing: Why Lack Of Curiosity Leads To Mediocrity
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All of the great thinkers in history were extremely curious people. They looked at the world as it was, and pondered on what could possibly be done to change the world and people’s perception…

Prescriptions are a dead end
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I love to read about how great people accomplish great things. It's similar to getting advice -- I'm left with a high. I imagine that if I can follow the instructions, then I too will accomplish what

The healing power of birdsong
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Until very recently, we couldn’t hear ourselves talk when we sat in the back garden as the planes flew low overhead and drowned out our voices. But today when the sky is clear and we can hear birds…

Avoiding the Global Lobotomy
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Is this you: You feel like you have a 2” thick shell of gunk surrounding your entire body which inhibits your ability to truly contact reality? You’ve had a light-brain-fog for basically as long as…

Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life
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Jaron Lanier, the Silicone Valley ‘computer philosopher', thinks social media is ruining your life.