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A big payoff…

Ariely explores how the promise of a pizza may motivate us to work harder more than extra money. A great introduction to Ariely’s compelling and provocative thoughts about how minds work and what drives us to succeed.

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The Atlantic
10 min read
Self-Improvement

The Virtues of Boredom

Boredom is in many ways an emotion of absence. The absence of stimulation, of interest, of excitement. But as Mary Mann reveals in her new book, Yawn: Adventures in Boredom, what’s lacking when we feel bored is often something much deeper than entertainment. She writes about her “fear that there was no overarching purpose for my time,” how boredom can paper over feelings of powerlessness or meaninglessness. It’s easier to label that itchy sensation “boredom” than it is to consider the feeling one gets sometimes that the train of life is stopped on its tracks, that the narrative is going nowher
The New York Times
7 min read
Self-Improvement

We Aren't Built To Live In The Moment

Attention, editors: This article is accompanied by an illustration by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch that is available at no charge to clients of The New York Times Op-Ed service. WHAT BEST DISTINGUISHES HUMAN BEINGS FROM OTHER ANIMALS IS OUR FORESIGHT, AS SCIENTISTS ARE JUST BEGINNING TO RECOGNIZE. We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to humans. Wha
Entrepreneur
2 min read
Psychology

How To Master The Interview

You might think you’ve got an intuitive knack for interviewing prospective talent, but a whole body of research begs to differ. As it turns out, our brains are often swayed by the least meaningful moments of the interview process. Recognizing those quirks before you start out can make you a more effective interviewer -- just as strategically (some might say, cynically) deploying them could make you a more attractive candidate.  Related: 8 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing a Job Candidate So be aware. Be very aware. Let’s start with flattery. Most people would be loath to work with a f