Summary of “10 Free Tools to Improve Your Life in Less Than a Day”

After what felt like endless years of school, I can imagine it’s tough to force yourself to sit down and learn more things.
These 10 free online classes are not only fun, but they’ll take you less than a week-if not less than an hour-to start and finish, meaning you can improve your life that much faster.
If you’re striving to find more excitement in your career and life, this short course is the perfect way to get yourself in the mindset for success.
Learning about time management stresses us out when we think we’re losing, well, time.
Interested in taking up writing as a side hobby? Learn how to pick out stories from your life and put them down on paper in an effective way, and you’re halfway there to writing a book.
Shooting awesome video doesn’t require you to run out and buy a thousand-dollar camera-and this class is proof.
Bring your story to life, impress your colleagues, or just pick up some cool video techniques in under an hour.
Because why not boost your career in the process of become more skilled?

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Summary of “8 Habits of Incredibly Interesting People”

Some people are naturally interesting, but there are also ways to learn to be more engaging.
He’s so good at making things interesting that he doesn’t just teach accounting, he also gives lectures on how to be more interesting.
Anyone can learn to become more interesting, which is a wonderful thing, because being interesting can help you strengthen your network, win more clients, and lead more effectively.
There are several habits that many interesting people have in common.
Interesting people don’t just have interests; they have passions, and they devote themselves completely to them.
There’s often nothing wrong with what everyone else is doing; it’s just that interesting people are innovators who break conformity to pursue new, exciting, and yes, interesting ideas.
Interesting people are interesting because they feel out their conversational partner to see what sparks that person’s interest.
It might not always be easy to incorporate these habits into daily life, but that’s what makes the people who do so interesting-they go against the grain, and that’s undeniably interesting.

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Summary of “‘It was quasi-religious’: the great self-esteem con”

His self-hating Catholic self had washed away, and in its place was a great, glowing letter “I”. Vasco knew he was in a unique position.
Vasco’s first attempt at having his task force mandated into law came to a halt in 1984, when he suffered a heart attack.
After a second attempt was vetoed by the state governor, Vasco decided to enhance the name of his project, upgrading it to the Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility.
One editorial, in the San Francisco Chronicle, called Vasco’s task force “Naive and absurd”.
Until Monday 9 February 1987, Vasco’s task force had been largely state news.
Vasco’s publicists approached Oprah Winfrey, who ran a prime-time special examining why she believed self-esteem was going to be one of the “Catch-all phrases for the 1990s”.
The credibility of Vasco’s task force turned largely on a single fact: that, in 1988, the esteemed professors of the University of California had analysed the data and confirmed his hunch.
Vasco passed away, aged 82, in 2014, but I traced his right-hand man, task force chairman and veteran politician Andrew Mecca.

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Summary of “The 8 biggest announcements from Apple WWDC 2017”

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.
So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers.
Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia.
During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.
Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app.
Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone.
There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds.
An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse.

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Summary of “The Cryptocurrency Market Is Growing Exponentially”

One cryptocurrency, in particular, has entered the public lexicon as the go-to digital asset: Bitcoin.
The cryptocurrency market is significantly more complex than the public lexicon might suggest.
While there have been plenty of studies examining the role and future of Bitcoin, there have been few that explore the broader cryptocurrency market and how it is evolving.
Today that changes thanks to the work of Abeer ElBahrawy at City University in London and a few pals who have examined the cryptocurrency market as a whole and say that it is significantly more complex and mature than many had thought.
The evolution of this market even bears a remarkable similarity to the evolution of ecosystems in many other areas, providing some insight into the way the cryptocurrency market might change in the future.
So an interesting question is how the cryptocurrency market is evolving.
While this cryptocurrency market is growing rapidly, ElBahrawy and co show that certain aspects of it are stable.
The number of active cryptocurrencies has remained about the same since 2013 as has the market share distribution, which follows a well-known power law.
Another factor in the market is that cryptocurrencies aren’t used only as currency.
Unless there is significant external manipulation of this market, the likelihood is that there will be significant diversity in the cryptocurrency market for the foreseeable future.

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Summary of “How to be happy: Stop being positive and just cultivate neutrality”

You’ve likely been asked how you see the proverbial glass: half full or half empty? Your answer allegedly reflects your attitude about life-if you see it half full, you’re optimistic, and if you see it half empty, you’re pessimistic.
Thus, the good answer is to see the glass half full.
Actually, the glass isn’t half full or half empty.
Things aren’t mutually exclusive, awesome or awful.
This provides clarity and eliminates obstacles, making things neither awesome nor awful but cool.
We identify with our thoughts, and decide whether or not we like things before experience begins.
Things can go just so or totally awry once you understand that all things are fine, their upsides and downsides to be determined.
That perspective provides resilience, the ability to keep going instead of getting stuck imaging how things could or should be or will be when things go some other way.
Plus, everything is relative and shifting, In an uncertain world with so many forces at play, the only thing that’s sure is that things could be different and won’t stay the same.
You may as well stay neutral in that case, rather than get attached to a temporary state in which the glass is half full or half empty.

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Summary of “How To Avoid Burnout: 3 Secrets From Research”

From The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It:. three things happen: you become chronically exhausted; you become cynical and detached from your work; and you feel increasingly ineffective on the job.
Work engagement significantly increased and teachers’ burnout significantly decreased after vacation.
So what gives? What is burnout really? Where does it come from? And what do we have to do to avoid it? Time for some real answers.
What Burnout Really Is. Burnout isn’t being overworked or not getting enough rest.
We commonly refer to the problem as “Burnout,” but what’s fascinating is that psychologists have realized that burnout isn’t just an acute overdose of stress; it’s pretty much plain ol’ clinical depression.
The paper, “Comparative Symptomatology of Burnout and Depression,” said, “Our findings do not support the view hypothesizing that burnout and depression are separate entities.”
Researchers Cary Cherniss and David Kranz found that burnout was “Virtually absent in monasteries, Montessori schools, and religious care centers where people consider their work as a calling rather than merely a job.”
Does this theory really help you avoid burnout in the real world? Yes.
When the American Medical Association surveyed top doctors to find out how they avoided burnout, one of the key things mentioned was “Sharing issues with family and friends.”
Burnout is depression: You’re not tired from your job; you’re pessimistic about your job.

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Summary of “A psychologist explains why we’re probably all delusional and how to fix it”

Almost nobody is self-aware, says psychologist Tasha Eurich in her new book Insight.
Not to say they were being intentionally misleading, but there is work showing that if people have rose-colored glasses, they might feel good in some sense, but they also tend to be less happy, less successful and, equally importantly, the people around them tend to view them pretty negatively, which has bad effects.
When we’re delusional about ourselves, we frustrate and alienate the people around us too.
If someone thinks they’re good at something when they’re not, we say they’re “Not self-aware.” But if they’re deluded in the other direction and think they’re worse than they are, we don’t say they’re “Not self-aware,” we say they’re “Insecure.” Why the difference? Are the insecure people also not self-aware?
It kind of does make sense because part of truly being self-aware is understanding how you come across to other people and the impact you have on them.
One thing you emphasize is that the people who introspect the most aren’t any more self-aware than others.
Some people are really scared of not being self-aware and analyze all these things to try to get there.
So one of the biggest mistakes people make, especially self-conscious and self-critical people, is believing that type of thinking is good for them or beneficial in some way.
The people who are the most self-aware don’t force themselves into those simple kind of absolute truths.
One of the really self-aware people explained it by saying that the process of self-exploration is like exploring space: there’s so much we don’t know, and that’s what makes it so exciting.

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Summary of “When the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease Drugs”

Now a sales rep was on the other end of Owens’s phone from Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., the New Haven-based maker of Soliris-one of the world’s most expensive drugs, typically priced from $500,000 to $700,000 a year.
Alexion is a powerhouse in the market for orphan drugs, a fast-growing pocket of the pharmaceutical industry that focuses on rare diseases.
If somebody had stopped taking Soliris, the managers would turn to the nurse assigned to that patient: What steps did you take to keep the patient on the drug? Have you told the patient he could get a potentially fatal blood clot if he stops? Did you steer the patient to a different doctor who might resume treatment? “It was your feet to the fire, sweat pouring down your back,” says one former longtime company nurse, who requested anonymity because she feared retaliation from the company.
With two very uncommon diseases, Alexion has long faced a question that vexes most orphan drug companies: How do you find those extremely rare patients and steer doctors to your drug? To find those “Needles in a haystack,” as Alexion’s Bell has described such patients, sales reps spend the majority of their time talking to doctors, getting them to look for symptoms and encouraging them to test for the rare diseases.
Alexion set out to persuade doctors to test more frequently for PNH and aHUS-and to find a way to glimpse these test results, which traditionally have been shared only among the patient, the doctor ordering the test, and the lab.
Overseas, Alexion has developed even tighter relationships with patient advocacy organizations.
Most patients don’t have the resources to pursue such a lawsuit, which is known as “Judicialization,” so Alexion started and funded a patient group called the Association of Patients with PNH. The group’s primary lawyers, who spearheaded the judicialization suits on behalf of patients, initially came from a law firm owned by the sister of Alexion’s local manager, according to a December 2014 confidential analysis conducted by an outside law firm that Alexion had hired to review its business practices in Brazil.
Every week, an Alexion manager went to AFAG’s office to go through patient files, according to internal documents.
The manager told AFAG which cases to pursue and took all the latest patient information back to Alexion, according to a former manager.
Alexion’s Diamond says the company has operated “In accordance with local laws” and that it “Has not been charged with any criminal or civil misconduct at this time.” In a discussion with investors on May 16, CEO Hantson said Alexion was striving to improve how it works with patient groups in Brazil and elsewhere.

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Summary of “This Is The Ultimate Life Hack”

“When I look back at my life, I am happy to have had what most people would consider a successful life, not only regarding business but in my relationships and in lots of ways.More than anything else, I attribute it to meditation - partially because of the creativity, partly because of the centeredness.I think meditation has been the single biggest influence on my life.” ~ Ray DalioThe appeal of meditation is that it is universally accessible, requires no formalized training, is free to practice and is said to alleviate many of the mysterious ills of society - including stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other disorders.
People have been meditating for thousands of years, and with that kind of track record, it surely isn’t a fad.In the modern “Life hacking” era of everyone wanting a shortcut to success and happiness, meditation is the ultimate life hack that few people are actually using.
The number of individuals who develop a long-standing meditation practice are few and far between.
Others, once starting down the meditation path, confront challenges that cause them to give us the practice altogether.
How to Start MeditatingJust as you wouldn’t leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn’t start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading.
You will find that with practice, even a short 5-minute meditation can have a significantly positive impact.
Art of Living, Transcendental Meditation, and the Indian Yoga traditions tend to fall into this style of meditation practice.
Be consistent for the first few months of your meditation practice.
Once you have a regular practice, then you may wish to try different meditation techniques.
To the monasteries in Tibet or Japan to the Ashrams in India, meditators have always learned from teachers and engaged together in group meditation practice periodically.

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