Summary of “What it’s like to be an introvert and what everyone gets wrong about them”

Being an introvert isn’t really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people.
“So when you are out in a social environment that is very highly stimulating, what happens is that while the extrovert gets more and more incandescent and magnetic, the introvert starts shrinking and shrinking away.”
This means an introvert has a really busy mind worrying about what’s going to happen.
Basically, for an introvert an event is never just an event.
“You can be an extrovert and have social anxiety, or be painfully shy, or socially awkward. The difference is an introvert will tend to recharge on their own and an extrovert needs busy surroundings and busy situations in order to recharge.”
An introvert probably aims to get to know just two new people, but they will hope to foster the beginnings of a deep relationship.
“When you spend time having fun or resting in your introvert hangovers, you can accelerate your professional and personal growth,” Neo said.
“The more comfortable you are with telling people: ‘I have an introvert hangover; this is the time for myself. I’m blocking these chunks of time dedicated to me,’ the more you are able to own yourself as an introvert – rather than thinking there’s something wrong with you.”

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Summary of “24 life skills every adult should master before turning 30”

We’ve put together our own handbook of sorts for anyone transitioning from their 20s to their 30s, which lists many of the skills you’ll need to survive as an adult in the modern world.
Many of us fear the word “No” because we don’t want to let other people down.
People who lack the ability to empathize and take an interest in other people are often narcissists.
“Sometimes your body language tells people everything they need to know before you ever open your mouth,” writes Dean Bokhari.
Another, surprisingly simple, tactic is to simply spend more time with the people you’d like to befriend.
“It’s amazing how many people can’t do the simplest of things – like balance a checkbook, fill out a tax form, make sure that there’s more coming in than going out, [set] aside reserves for contingencies,” writes Miles Fidelman.
“[T]he ability to speak confidently to a large mass of people is a skill to be learnt,” writes Ramachandra Bhakta in a since-deleted answer.
Very few people in the study said they preferred standard pick-up lines – so it’s best to avoid those, no matter how clever you think you are.

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Summary of “Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths”

It might never have been built, or at least Cave wouldn’t have built it, had it not been for his boss, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO of the NFL. When McKenna-Doyle was hired, she observed that a number of her people were struggling, but not because they weren’t talented – because they weren’t in roles suited to their strengths.
Experts have long encouraged people to “Play to their strengths.” And why wouldn’t we want to flex our strongest muscle? But based on my observations, this is easier said than done.
Notice these moments: They can point to strengths that you underrate in yourself but are valuable to others.
When people bring up new ideas, you can ask them, Will this leverage what you do well? Are you doing work that draws on your strengths? Are we taking on projects that make the most of your strengths?
Brett Gerstenblatt, VP and creative director at CVS, has his team take a personality assessment, then post their top five strengths on their desk.
Brett wants people to wear their strengths like a badge.
As with McKenna-Doyle, building a team that can play to their strengths begins with analysis.
Then you can measure new ideas, new products, and new projects against these collective superpowers, asking: Are we playing to our strengths? When people feel strong, they are willing to venture into new territory, to play where others are not, and to consider ideas for which there isn’t yet a market.

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Summary of “Activists fight for single-payer health care in U.S.”

S the poor rankings of American health care compared to those of the rest of the developed world.
The event is a town hall sponsored by the Cleveland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America to explain Medicare f.or All, the proposed expansion to the rest of the population of the half-century-old system that pays for health care for people over 65.
Faust is one of the most prominent of a band of activists who have rallied to the cause of expanding health care, which for him means going beyond Obamacare to the kind of single-payer system – the single payer being the federal government – proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, in a bill he introduced last year.
Made him one of the left’s favorite health care activists.
Faust views single-payer care as the first step toward his desired goal of health justice.
Eighteen states are currently dealing with a “Medicaid gap,” in which their Republican state governments chose not to use the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provision, which provides federal funds to help low-income Americans get health care.
More.The campaign began last summer, when Emily Strizich, her husband, Garrett, and their friend Luke Mayville traveled the state in an old green RV – which they affectionately dubbed the Medicaid Mobile – talking to people about potential health care options.
The organization found success in Maine last fall, when 59 percent voted yes on a Medicaid expansion that would provide health care to an estimated 70,000 low-income residents.

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Summary of “Every Culture Appropriates”

Customs we may think of as immemorially inherent in one culture very often originated in that culture’s own history of empire and domination.
The Chinese dress young Kezia Daum wanted to wear to prom originated in a brutal act of imperialism, but not by any western people.
They have a morality tale to tell, one of Western victimization of non-Western peoples-a victimization so extreme that it is triggered by a Western girl’s purchase of a Chinese dress designed precisely so that Chinese girls could live more like Western girls.
Why not? The would-be culture police build their whole philosophy on a single assumption of extreme chauvinism: that Western culture is universal-indeed the only universal culture.
Western technology, the Western emphasis on individual autonomy and equal human dignity, and even such oddly specific Western practices as death-metal music-the cultural police take all this for granted as thoroughly as a fish takes for granted the water in its fishbowl.
The various coverings voluntarily adopted by some women in North America and Western Europe evolved in societies where 90 percent of the population still agrees that women must obey their husbands at all times.
Their individual decision to wear a traditional garment has already changed that garment’s cultural context and put it to a new and very Western use.
The Western culture of personal autonomy and equal dignity is a precious thing precisely because it is not universal.

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Summary of “The Most Unlikely D.A. In America”

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas-A year into Mark Gonzalez’s first term as district attorney of Nueces County, Texas, hardly anything in his office is unpacked.
“Mark is emblematic of so many people’s dreams,” says Matt Manning, the first assistant for Gonzalez’s office, who has worked with him since 2014.
Gonzalez made the pitch even clearer to Manning: “If I become DA-if we become DA-with a stroke of a pen, we can help thousands of people, people like us, who need the help,” Gonzalez recalls.
In the hours after the final projections were made, Gonzalez’s mother and brother knocked on his door, found it locked, and made their way into his house through the garage.
“We didn’t know what happened,” Janna Gonzalez says, thinking the scene was a dream.
” Still three-quarters asleep, Gonzalez was trying to make sense of what they were saying.
At the crest of the wave was Mark Gonzalez, the unlikely new DA in Corpus Christi.
On the TV above the fireplace, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” is playing as Gonzalez plays with his 6-month-old daughter, drinks coffee out of a yellow mug marked with the Gadsden flag, and eats eggs and deer sausage.

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Summary of “This Design Lab Is Making Bespoke Rituals for Atheists”

At the Ritual Design Lab in Silicon Valley, a small team of “Interaction designers” is working to generate new rituals for modern life, with an eye to user experience.
The team’s website offers a Ritual Design Hotline with a tantalizing promise: “You tell us your problem. We will make you a ritual.” Meanwhile, its Ritual Inventory invites you to add any interesting ritual you’ve made or seen to its growing database.
Ritual Design Lab has its roots in Stanford’s Institute of Design, where Ozenc and Hagan both teach.
“Someone may say, ‘I’m just helping somebody who had a bad day at work to process and move on.’ Well, okay, that could be effective-but to what extent are you actually helping the ultimate job of all ritual life, which is to give you the message that it’s not all about you? Rituals that are designed as one-offs for individuals are divorced from that-and that’s very dangerous.”
Finally, an endeavor like Ritual Design Lab has a paradox at its heart.
Gordon-Lennox offers a service that she calls “Ritual accompaniment.” You can hire her to help you design a bespoke ceremony, like a funeral, but expect the process to be both expensive and collaborative.
Ritual Design Lab does not currently charge individuals when creating a ritual for them.
For Steinlauf, the problem isn’t so much with ritual designers making a living off people’s spiritual needs-rabbis do that too-but with what happens to our ritual life in the process.

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Summary of “25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life – RyanHoliday.net”

So how do we keep this toxic ego and selfishness at bay? How do we prevent ego from “Sucking us down like the law of gravity?” The primary answer is simple: awareness.
Ego starts saying: it all must be done my way - even little things, even inconsequential things.
Martin Luther King understood that hate is like an “Eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life.” Hatred is when ego turns a minor insult into a massive sore and it lashes out.
If you let ego think that everyone is out to get you you will seem weakand then people will really try to take advantage of you.
Ego is sensitive about slights, insults and not getting their due.
One of the best strategists of the last century, John Boyd, would ask the promising young acolytes under him: “To be or to do? Which way will you go?” That is, will you choose to fall in love with the image of how success looks like or will you focus on a higher purpose? Will you pick obsessing over your title, number of fans, size of paycheck or on real, tangible accomplishment? You know which way ego wants to go.
If you can accept that you control only the effort that goes in and not the results which come out, you will be mastering your ego.
Ego wants to control everything - but it cannot control other people or their reactions.

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Summary of “Lyme disease vaccine: the frustrating reason there isn’t one for humans”

The Lyme vaccine was effective Lyme first appeared in the US seemingly out of nowhere, spreading between ticks and people in Connecticut.
Recognizing the increasing public health hazard, the drug manufacturer SmithKline Beecham developed a vaccine that targeted the outer protein of the bacteria that causes Lyme.
“The arthritis incidence in the patients receiving Lyme vaccine occurred at the same rate as the background in unvaccinated individuals,” a 2007 paper in Epidemiology and Infection explains.
“Although studies never adequately substantiated the safety concerns associated with LYMErix,” the Epidemiology and Infection article states, “The decline in public tolerance for risk and uncertainty combined with the relatively low morbidity of Lyme disease contributed to the inability of the vaccine to find a market niche.”
In 2000s, Lyme still didn’t infect that many people, and the public was more concerned about the Lyme vaccine than the disease itself.
Still, if you wanted to protect yourself with a Lyme disease vaccine, you couldn’t get one.
The Lyme vaccine for dogs works in a similar manner to LYMErix.
“Low demand for the vaccine and its subsequent withdrawal from the market represent a loss of a powerful tool for Lyme disease prevention,” the authors of the Epidemiology and Infection article state.

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Summary of “From planking to pizzas: the new rules for a successful meeting”

The search for the perfect business meeting seems never-ending.
“Some have the clarity of angels singing. They are brilliant and thoughtful and set up the meeting for high-quality discussion. Sometimes they come in at the other end of the spectrum”.
Actually, says Emma Sinclair, the co-founder of EnterpriseAlumni, there is a lot to be said for the regular company-wide catchup, even if it comes in the form of a traditional meeting.
“One PayPal executive, David Sacks, used to burst into meeting rooms like a prohibition-era cop and ask what people were meeting about,” says Bruce Daisley, the European vice-president at Twitter and the host of the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast.
“If it wasn’t any good, he would stop the meeting right then and there. I love this idea of superhero-style vigilantes closing meetings down. Imagine if the burden of having a meeting was that at any point you’d have to explain what the meeting was about. Brilliant! If all of us knew we would be held to account for the cost of a meeting and the amount of people’s time we are taking up, our perspective would be different. The meeting is taking all the fun out of our jobs because we are so scared of not being busy. But sitting at your desk and thinking is an important part of the job.”
Ever sat in a meeting and wondered how much it was costing the company in terms of salaries? Tools such as Harvard Business Review’s business meeting cost calculator will put a figure on it.
Another Bezos rule: he won’t call a meeting, or even attend one, where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group.
“If you go into a meeting and somebody asks: ‘Has anyone got anything for today’s agenda?’, that should tell you that there is no point to it. We live in a world where the quality of our work is being appraised by others, by our bosses, so we never want to appear as if we’re not working hard. So when a meeting comes up that we are responsible for, we all want to show that we have packed agendas. We need to lose the fear of standing people down for meetings and cancel them.”

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