You Are Not As Tough As You Think

  I am not as tough as I think I am. The realization hit me while laid out flat, the side of my face crushed against the mat. On top of me was a blue belt named Nestor. He pinned me down with his legs, and using his arms he started working on my grip. Seconds later, he broke the grip and leaned back for the armbar. The second my grip broke, I let my arm go slack and started to “hitchhike out” — turning my arm to the right so my thumb was sideways. Then I ran my legs
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How Far Can Genius Take You?

  I once had a family friend named Andrew. He introduced me to Puff Daddy, Usher, and Triple Five Soul apparel. He also had a brilliant mind for medicine. Rutgers University literally created an award in chemistry, so they could give it to him. While he was in medical school, I asked him how he did so well in his studies. His answer was simple: “I learn things faster than other people.” He went on: “I see these other people in medical school, they’re studying as much as they can, as fast as they can. But in the beginning, it’s
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My Brutally Honest StashWealth Review

  When I was 14, I started packing take-out orders at a Chinese restaurant. I’d stand in the oppressive kitchen in poorly fitted dress shirt from TJ Maxx for 7 hours and box ubiquitous white boxes of Chinese food. I’d put an X on the check, then sort and drop different sized boxes into a brown paper bag, like Tetris. When I got home, I’d take my pay — $20 — and stuff it into a brown wallet, tucked in my sock drawer. I asked my parents what I should do with my money. “Save it,” they said. Months later,
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How Zuckerberg Fixes Facebook in 2018

  For his 2018 New Year’s resolution, Mark Zuckerberg vowed to fix Facebook. From his post: “Today feels a lot like that first year. The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do — whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent. “My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues. We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse
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What I Learned After 7 Years Of Working For Free

  “Can you endorse some of my skills on LinkedIn?” my friend texted me. “I’d be happy to do the same for you. Just let me know.” LinkedIn endorsements? I wondered. Do people look at those? A couple weeks later, I met this friend over breakfast, and he explained, “I’m having a hard time landing full-time work, so I’m trying to boost my LinkedIn profile.”
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How I Taught Myself to Bartend

  I saved the empty liquor bottles and filled them with water. When the restaurant was quiet (we opened winter of ’08), the start of the Recession — it was quiet often) I took the rail liquors out. Placed them on the ground. Replaced them with the dummy bottles. Then I practiced making cocktails. Over and over again. For hours, six days a week. That first week, I only made 4 cocktails, our most popular ones (Raspberry Saketini (it was a Japanese restaurant), Dirty Martini (for Tom, that’s all he drank), Cosmo, Mai Tai). I learned with the jigger pour
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Ed Latimore’s Secret to a Happy Life

  My friend Susan introduced me to an interview with Ed Latimore on the Farnam Street’s Knowledge podcast. I finished listening to it while biking down 31st street in Astoria. I got off my bike, started the podcast over, and immediately listened to it again. Ed Latimore is a professional boxer with a 13-1-1 record, a chess player, author, and self-improvement blogger. His two books are The Four Confidences and Not Caring About What Other People Think is a Superpower. He dropped a lot of knowledge in this hour-long interview, but four of his principles really stuck with me, and
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How to Transform Your Body

  It’s hard to believe Conor McGregor’s physical transformation. The first picture is after winning the Cage Warriors Lightweight title in 2012. He’s 23 years old. Been boxing since 12, training MMA since 17. His body is already the product of more physical training than most people put in in a lifetime. The second picture is before fighting and winning the UFC Lightweight title. McGregor is the same weight in both pictures, around 155 pounds, but obviously he’s put on muscle. He looks more dominating. In short, he looks even more powerful. What if I told you this transformation cost
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Your Visit to Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

  Today, I took a day trip to the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Val-Kill Cottage near Poughkeepsie, NY. Eleanor Roosevelt said about the Val-Kill cottage: “[This] is where I used to find myself and grow. At Val-Kill I emerged as an individual.” Here’s a quick video I shot and cut of the trip: I went to Val-Kill knowing nothing about Eleanor Roosevelt. As I drove home, winding around the Taconic Parkway, I couldn’t stop thinking about her prolific body of work. Eleanor Roosevelt was a global media company of one, and in a class of her own. She
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