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Design The Best TED Images of 2012 2012 has been big for TED — it’s the year we reached a billion video views and upped the TED Prize to one million dollars.
I am the Orson Welles of PowerPoint 2010. Next slide. I don’t let marketing get in the way of a potential masterpiece.
Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling. They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever.
This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes. People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It's hard to justify. Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what's happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. But if you're still looking for a business case to justify spending time meditating, try this one: Meditation makes you more productive.
Writing Your attention is a precious commodity The Elegant Email For me, the amount of email that arrives is inversely proportionate to my amount of free time. This means the less time I have to read mail, the more mail that arrives. Greater minds than mine have attempted to tackle this unfortunate time management situation, so I’m going to keep it simple.
90 Things I’ve Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies On October 27, 2010 I wrote a blog post about the “ 57 Things I Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies .” It has been awesome, flattering, and humbling to see that post went viral and has been seen by so many thousands of people — mainly aspiring entrepreneurs — and has been translated into many languages. This past week while I was in Tokyo for meetings with potential partners for Fab, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on startups. The discussion quickly turned to those 57 things.
One of the most common reasons we experience presentation anxiety is the fear that we will forget what we have to say and risk losing credibility. A method many use to address this fear is to create PowerPoint slides as a memory aid. However, this is short-sighted because nothing erodes your credibility as a speaker faster than signaling to the audience that you are dependent on your slides.
Every year, I try to do at least two things with my students at least once. First, I make a point of addressing them as “philosophers” – a bit cheesy, but hopefully it encourages active learning . Secondly, I say something like this: “I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion.’ Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself, maybe to head off an argument or bring one to a close. Well, as soon as you walk into this room, it’s no longer true.
by Cal Newport | 9:00 AM September 18, 2012 Generation Y, of which I'm a member, is entering the job market in record numbers, and according to many commentators things are not going well. One of the best-known books about my cohort, for instance, is titled Generation Me . The New York Post called us " The Worst Generation ," while USA Today noted that we are "pampered" and "high maintenance." Earlier this year, a New York Times op-ed called us " Generation Why Bother ," noting that we're "perhaps...too happy at home checking Facebook," when we could be out aggressively seeking new jobs and helping the economy recover.
One cold, dewy morning, you are huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother’s cot. Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen. This is all the more remarkable since, wealth-obsessed though you will come to be, you’ve never in your life seen any of these things. The whites of your eyes are yellow, a consequence of spiking bilirubin levels in your blood.
Obama was 20 or more years older than most of them, and probably not as physically gifted, though it was hard to say because of the age differences. No one held back, no one deferred. Guys on his team dribbled past him and ignored the fact he was wide open.
Wolfram Alpha, the intelligent, computational search engine , just launched a new tool that breaks down your Facebook activity into numerous charts and graphs. If nothing else, it's an eye-opening reminder of everything Facebook knows about you. All you need to do is head to Wolfram Alpha's home page and type in "Facebook Report". After connecting it to your Facebook and granting it a rather large number of permissions, Wolfram Alpha will break down everything about your Facebook activity into 60 different sections of charts, graphs, and other analyses—like a cluster map of your friends and relationships, everywhere you've checked in, what days you're most active on the site, a cloud of your most-used words, and even the weather from the day you were born. It's incredibly interesting, super geeky, and downright scary.
Friends, family and co-workers: I think you're fabulous—just not quite as fabulous as you think you are.