“You’re only as old as you feel.”
As many times as we’ve all heard that statement, it’s wishful thinking. It’s not just your driver’s license that gives away your age, it’s creaky knees, a slower gait, the need for glasses. Here’s another one:
“Age is just a number.”
Again, not true, even if it sounds nice. And yet, it turns out that in the context of staying healthy and capable as we get older, our subconscious beliefs about age do matter. This isn’t just a pop-psychology pep talk, either — it’s hard science.
Ellen Langer, now at Stanford University, was…
Steve Jobs once said that,
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
Whether or not you fully believe that, it’s true that being an innovator is one of the most highly valued traits in the world of business. In fact, some have gone so far as to say there are really only two functions of business — innovation being one, marketing the other.
Innovating doesn’t require reinventing the wheel, though. In fact, innovating doesn’t require inventing anything at all. Even though the two concepts are sometimes used interchangeably, innovation in the strictest sense is more about application than anything…
Have you seen the lengths that companies go to in order to attract talented employees and increase the performance of existing ones? On the human resources side, there are employee perks like on-site cafeterias, gyms, indoor green spaces, and even daycare, not to mention flex scheduling and big bonus packages. On the managerial side, there’s strategic planning, goal-setting, business process outsourcing, and more.
It all has one focus: maximizing productivity. But do you know what extremely effective method of increasing productivity tends to go completely overlooked? Implementing positive, virtuous practices.
Yes, that’s right — positive, virtuous practices.
In a research…
Reading is more than just a hobby for me, although I do often find myself relaxed with a book in hand. It’s also become a ritual and a part of my lifelong pursuit of self-improvement. I can’t remember the last week in which I didn’t finish a book, and I’ve lost track of how many years that’s been going on. I’m certainly not alone in enjoying the written word, and I’ve taken inspiration from many highly successful people with similar reading habits, including Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk.
Yet, thinking back over my decades of avid reading, the…
Some people spend their downtime at Starbucks. Some would rather take a hike in the woods. Me? I like to visit the library.
Understandably, libraries aren’t for everyone. In fact, there are even people who believe public funding for libraries should be cut, since so much information is available online anyway. However, libraries offer a whole slew of other, underrated benefits that are just the starting point for why I love them so much.
For one, you’ve got librarians — who are basically professional researchers. Second, many libraries serve as repositories for rare and unique historical information, like pictures, slides…
Just like the title says, I’m 70 years old and I’ve competed in 42 Ironman races. That’s a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. You can imagine how people are surprised when they find out that I still like to compete. How do I do it, they want to know. I always tell them the same thing: there’s no secret.
If there was a secret, maybe I could get rich off of it. Unfortunately, I don’t know of one. Instead, I…