ARTICLES WORTH READING

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From my Instapaper account to your inbox, here are the articles that got me thinking:
 
A new multi-year, in-depth study of West Point cadets suggests that intrinsic motivations drive achievement and that instrumental motivations "can actually be counterproductive to success."
 
From the always-great Barking Up the Wrong Tree, one of the best posts on productivity I’ve read in long while. 
 
The more a couple spends on its wedding and engagement ring, the less likely the marriage is to last, says this Wall Street Journal analysis.  
 
A wise and inspiring Medium essay by the wise and inspiring Kevin Kelly.
 
A Washington University professor explains that tests don’t simply measure learning. Done right, they can actually promote it.
 
 
You don’t even have to be using your phone for it to distract your face-to-face conversations, says Pacific Standard. For conversations that matter, turn off the phone and stick it in your pocket. (Unless you’ve got a phablet, in which case it won’t fit and I might not want to talk to you anyway).
 
Men start out fast and overconfident, then slow down significantly. Women are steadier and more consistent. [Insert your own joke here.]
 
Going to the gym during work hours seems to boost performance, according to Harvard Business Review.
 
The more education you have, the more likely you are to need glasses. (Hmmm, says the nerdy writer with 20-450 vision.)