Indulge Your Dark Side

There’s a fine line between self-improvement and being too hard on yourself. In living up to your potential, it’s all too easy to become locked in a cycle of questioning your own worth. Luckily, there’s an antidote: RADICAL ACCEPTANCE. This weekend, take a page from psychologist Tara Brach’s book and silence your inner critic. Radical acceptance […]

A Journey to Love and Faith

David Brooks and his wife split up in 2013, after decades of marriage. Adrift, the New York Times columnist threw himself into his writing. Brooks’s fortune took a surprising turn during a hike in Aspen, when he stopped to read a book of Puritan prayers. It was the first step in his journey towards Christian faith—and a second […]

Free-range Expertise

You don’t need a head start. You don’t need 10,000 hours. And you certainly don’t need to specialize in anything while you’re still a kid. With RANGE, a treatise against the cult of deliberate practice, journalist and sportswriter David Epstein makes the case for how people who learn a little about a lot of things […]

Strength in Weakness

Good business isn’t just about buying and selling. It’s also about generosity—giving and taking. We often think of independence as a virtue, especially in the Western world. But the research on networking tells a different story, in which receiving help from others actually boosts your reputation.  Here’s an interesting example: Allowing yourself to express vulnerability […]

Don’t Worry, Be Unhappy

Mark Manson says that the modern world is hopeless. Or, more accurately, he says EVERYTHING IS F*CKED. Believe it or not, that’s the good news! Too many self-help books focus on happiness as a goal, but suffering will always be a natural part of life. We can only find real fulfillment, Manson says, when we […]

No pain, no gain?

Most emotional pain, like its physical counterpart, serves a function. The pain of a broken arm discourages you from using it and deepening the damage. Similarly, emotional pain provides a signal that it’s time to stop and reflect, a process that promotes healing.  According to spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, emotional suffering carries important information. People […]

Feeling Lucky?

How much of a role does luck play in investments and other important decisions? Former stock trader and influential statistician-philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb is uniquely equipped to examine the question—and the answer he finds in FOOLED BY RANDOMNESS might surprise you. Here are two top insights from our latest Instaread.  Key Insight 1: The value of a […]

How to Fail Better

Everyone fails. And according to radio personality Bobby Bones, that’s good news. He says that failure is so common that most people are too preoccupied with their own mistakes to pay attention to yours.  The lesson? Don’t waste your time or mental energy on spiraling into self-consciousness after a misstep. Instead, leverage that surge of self-awareness […]

Unzip Your Deepest Desires

Sigmund Freud’s influence in the field of psychology is perhaps only matched by his power over the popular imagination. But Freud’s theories have been around for so long that it’s hard to separate what he said from how it’s been interpreted over the last century. Is a cigar ever really a cigar? Get back to basics with […]

Get to the Top of Your Game

You’ve done your homework. You always come prepared to assess the situation and do what it takes to succeed. But what if your training were so ingrained that you could act on sheer instinct? That’s what training at the top can do for you. Authored by the elite athletic trainer who took Michael Jordan to […]

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