The Science of Record-Breaking

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May 6, 1954 was a cold and windy day in Oxford, England. It was far from ideal conditions for a race, but it was also the day Roger Banister broke a record. He wasn’t a professional athlete, but a medical student with a knack for running. He set out on a wet race track and completed a feat that no one before him had managed: the four-minute mile.

Perhaps more incredible than the first four-minute mile is the second. In June of that year, John Landy joined the club. Four additional runners managed the feat the following year. The trend continued until, in 2017, Reed Brown became the tenth high school student to run a mile in under four minutes.

The mile run isn’t the only record to be repeatedly broken over time. By Dr. D… Read More

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The Peter Principle and How to Avoid It

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Don’t Go From Good to Stuck

“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Laurence J. Peter wrote those words as satire in 1968. But as with most effective satire, it points to an underlying truth.

The Peter Principle describes what can happen when an employee does well in one job and is subsequently promoted. She does well in the new role and is promoted again. This continues up and until the employee is put in a position where she stops performing well and is, therefore, left in a position where she is incompetent.

The underlying truism of the Peter Principle is so pervasive we see versions of it portrayed in movies quite often. It’s become almost a universal inside joke.

Peter in the office

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Illustrators Celebrate the Joy of Books: 10 Art Prints from “A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader”

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Bibliophilic delight from Sophie Blackall, Shaun Tan, Olivier Tallec, and other beloved artists, benefiting public libraries.

After eight years of labor, it has been astonishing and heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader — our anthology of illustrated letters to children about why we read from 121 of the most inspiring humans of our time — has been welcomed into the world. To honor that enthusiasm, ten artists from the book have kindly granted us permission to turn their illustrations into art prints, with all proceeds — like those from the book itself — benefitting the New York … Read More

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New Year, New You! Hobbies to Pick Up in 2019

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As 2018 comes to a close, you may find yourself wondering what’s in store for 2019. We all make resolutions for the new year—lose weight, work less, spend more time doing things we enjoy. Unfortunately, it also seems that no matter how hard we try to keep these resolutions, something gets in the way and keeps us from following through.

With stress levels on the rise, finding time to do new and exciting things are a must. If you’re still wondering what kinds of new hobbies to start in 2019, worry no more. It’s all about opening your mind and trying everything until you find the right activity.

Explore the World of Chess

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Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

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Why Your Race Is a Puzzle, and How to Solve It

Apple made a great leap forward in communications and mobile computing in 2007 when it launched the iPhone. It couldn’t have done this by sticking to all the things that made it a pioneer in desktop computing.

The company tried to launch the Newton handheld computer in 1993. The product failed and this setback stung. It took years after for the company to accept that mobile computing would become reality and that any device it produced would eventually cannibalize sales of its then-flagship Macintosh computer line.

But that wasn’t all. Apple had to rethink how people would use these handheld devices – especially since they wouldn’t elements of traditional desktop computers such as separate keybo… Read More

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How Mindfulness Is Saving My Relationship

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“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn

I started meditating and practicing mindfulness more seriously several years ago incorporating it in to my daily routine, initially to help with my anxiety. My practice certainly helped me by leaps and bounds in overcoming my anxiety, but an unexpected side effect has been the impact it’s having on my marriage.

We’ve not been married long, and as many couples before us have experienced, getting accustomed to this new dynamic can be at times… difficult.

Learning to communicate and compromise isn’t always a smooth ride. He cares about being on time (or early), I care about not being rushed. I like the kitch… Read More

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Is Writing Your Passion? Really?

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I’m going to ask you this one question.

Is writing really your passion?

Understanding what’s a passion

Long back, I was in doubt, that is writing actually my dream? Is it what I really love and relish doing?

Or is it just something else? The fame, the money, the approval. Are these things luring me towards writing or is writing luring me?

What is it? Still a hidden truth.

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How to Use Excel to Get Organized

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Everyone knows that one person who always has his or her life together. This person knows what he is making for dinner each night for the next two weeks. This personknows when it is time to repaint the house because he or she has budgeted for it for eight years. This person, (gasp!) remembers all her log-ins and passwords. Chances are all the organized people you know have Excel at the ready on their laptops. As soon as their youngest starts comparing colleges or when its time to make a Christmas shopping list, their fingers start twitching as they think “I can make a spreadsheet for this.” Be like your friend. Get Excel training, so you know how to get organized.

Use Excel for meal planning

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