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.)

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Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.

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What If Sellers Behaved as Leaders?

“It is time we start making a shift. Research shows you can make more sales by abandoning sales-y behaviors buyers resist and replacing them with leadership behaviors buyers desire. Sellers do extraordinary things when they stop pushing people to
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Is Curiosity As Good at Predicting Children’s Reading, Math Success as Self-Control? Study Says Yes

The joy of discovery matters as much as self-control, and matters even more for low-income children. We need to encourage kids to ask novel questions, not just give familiar answers.Ever since the landmark "marshmallow test" highlighted the
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PINKCAST: This is when to quit your job

Should you stay or should you go? After a few years at the same job, many of us begin asking that question.In the latest Pinkcast, former Wall Street analyst and venture capitalist Whitney Johnson offers the answer. You can watch the 136-second
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The Speed Trap: When Taking Your Time (Really) Matters

“Speed-for-speed’s-sake is about the most counterproductive* approach imaginable. (*I use counterproductive because it’s impolite to use “stupid”—which is what I really believe.)While we must indeed evolve and experiment rapidly, the process of
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How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)

This is a post about something I’ve been wanting to write about forever: careers. Society tells us a lot of things about what we should want in a career and what the possibilities are—which is weird because I’m pretty sure society knows very little
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WHAT TO LISTEN TO: Some audiobooks are more equal than others

“Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.”So begins Animal Farm, George Orwell’s classic novella. I’ve read Animal Farm many times. But now, for the first time, I’m
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Beyond Business Results: Achieving Sustainable Success

“For most of my career, I focused on my next professional opportunity rather than on my present situation. I was committed to serving patients and to helping my company meet its goals; I was always looking down the line to what was coming next. What
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WHAT TO WATCH: The Happiest Guy in the World

Two decades ago, Mario Salcedo retired from his job and went on a cruise. He never came back. Mario wasn’t lost at sea. For more than 20 years, he's been a permanent resident on Royal Caribbean Cruises. You read that right. “Super Mario” has