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6 secrets to getting hired during an economic downturn

August 14th, 2020 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

Challenging economic circumstances should not dash your hopes to landing a job. Stick to these tips to catch a hirer’s eye during widespread uncertainty. Unemployment is at an all-time high and right now, it’s harder to get hired than years and decades past. But all hope is not lost. There are ways to get noticed […]



New theory of complex emotions

February 17th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

We updated Roger Hargreaves’s Little Miss and Mr. Men universe as a suggestion to include some of our new emotions. Illustration: Zohar Lazar  If You Can Say It, You Can Feel It Some scientists believe we have infinite emotions, so long as we can name them. Sometime last year, I came across the word hangxiety, […]



Smart glasses, smart designer babies and the future of work

November 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

John B. Goodenough, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last month, struggled to learn to read. “Back then,” he says, “You were just a backwards student.” His experience is still all too common, yet he and many like him demonstrate clearly that dyslexia is not a definitive barrier to career achievement. We must […]



Why you should try micro mastery

August 23rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

The wellness case for learning new skills In the summer of 2016 I was very unhappy. I was coming up on my year anniversary of living in London, where we had moved from Brooklyn for my husband’s job, but I still felt pitifully lonely and poorly adjusted to the culture. I reentered therapy, tried to […]



Why the generalist has a bright future in an increasingly automated world

June 13th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

    The age of the specialist is giving way to the age of the Renaissance person. It was only a matter of time before a precocious set of tweens came along and broke the damn spelling bee. And lo, after a 14-hour contest, the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee was forced to crown eight […]



There’s a retirement crisis in America where most will be unable to afford a ‘solid life’

April 10th, 2019 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

The three “legs” of the retirement “stool” (private savings, pensions, and Social Security) are all in dire shape. At Vanguard, the median 401(k) account value for an investor age 65 and older is a measly $58,035. After looking at the data, the Saint Louis Fed concluded: “It could be worrisome that, for many American households, […]



Confused by expiration dates? You’re not Alone. Here’s what they really mean

March 10th, 2019 at 3:22 pm » Comments Off

  Most Americans are needlessly tossing out packaged food—not because it’s gone bad, but because they take the date stamped on it far too literally. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Waste Management, which surveyed more than 1,000 people about the phrases and dates on food packages. Many Americans wrongly believed […]



Should we retire ‘Retirement’?

February 21st, 2019 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

As our lives have been getting longer and healthier – compared to prior generations – some people advocate doing away with the concept of retirement altogether. In support of that idea, increasing numbers of workers report in surveys that they expect never to retire, and not just because they can’t afford to but often because […]



Your kids hate your smartphone addiction

October 12th, 2018 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

From CNET Magazine: It isn’t easy balancing “me time” and parenting. I talked to experts to find out how. I can’t stay off my phone. And I’m afraid it’s hurting my 2-year-old son. Sometimes it’s a breaking news story that draws me in, other times it’s boredom. Whatever it is, this device in my hands […]



‘Following your passion’ is dead- Here’s what to replace it with

July 9th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Following your passion presupposes that you have one. But many people don’t. Develop a passion, don’t follow it. It’s what kids do. When someone in your life is asking the important “What should I do with my life?” question – have you ever told them “Just follow your passion”? If so, please stop doing that. […]



These professions attract the highest number of psychopaths

May 23rd, 2018 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

Psychopaths are difficult to spot most of the time. They’re not the “Jack the Ripper” caricatures you see in films or read about in books. Often, psychopaths appear normal, which makes them hard to identify. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, someone with a psychopathic personality type is defined as […]



Here’s how old you should be when you start a company, according to science. (It’s not what you think)

April 22nd, 2018 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

The National Bureau of Economic Research used Census data to find the average age of super-successful founders. Company founders can be as young as in their teens or as old as in their 80s. But is there an ideal age you should be when you start a company? It turns out there is, and it’s […]



Five Scenarios for a techno apocalypse