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ow To Stop Making Excuses And Use Fear To Your Advantage

How To Stop Making Excuses And Use Fear To Your Advantage

SCOTT CHRISTENTREPRENEUR
58 MINUTES AGO 452

Imagine the following scenario: you’re in a classroom taking a test — one that’s quite easy. The professor then approaches you and offers you a choice: you can either take a “performance-enhancing drug” or a drug that inhibits your performance. Which would you choose? Read more of this post

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How the best athletes overcome less-than-ideal physiques for their sports

2014 Sochi Olympics: Imperfect Bodies, Seeking Olympic Perfection

How the best athletes overcome less-than-ideal physiques for their sports

MATTHEW FUTTERMAN

Feb. 6, 2014 7:24 p.m. ET

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Yuna Kim is 5-foot-5, tall for a figure skater, but her technique makes up for it, and her height gives her a commanding presence on the ice. European Pressphoto Agency

When hurdling star Lolo Jones first raised her hand for U.S. bobsled duty in 2012, coach Todd Hays looked at her 135-pound frame and thought she should stick with her day job. Read more of this post

Get a PhD-but leave academia as soon as you graduate

Get a PhD—but leave academia as soon as you graduate

By Allison Schrager 2 hours ago

Allison Schrager is an economist with a focus on pension issues.

Enrolling in a PhD program is, from an economic perspective, a terrible decision. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Just don’t let it ruin your life. Read more of this post

CUHK on hiring spree for rising stars; The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been on a headhunting mission in advance of the possible retirement of 200 to 250 teaching staff

CUHK on hiring spree for rising stars
Friday, February 07, 2014
The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been on a headhunting mission in advance of the possible retirement of 200 to 250 teaching staff.

Provost Benjamin Wah Wan-sang said recruitment began last November and the university plans to hire between 30 and 40 professors and associate professors in total. Read more of this post

Gene therapy: Ingenious; Fixing a body’s broken genes is becoming possible

Gene therapy: Ingenious; Fixing a body’s broken genes is becoming possible

Feb 8th 2014 | New York | From the print edition

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IT SOUNDS like science fiction, and for years it seemed as though it was just that: fiction. But the idea of gene therapy—introducing copies of healthy genes into people who lack them, to treat disease—is at last looking as if it may become science fact. Read more of this post

News you can lose: CNN’s transformation says a lot about what is working today in television

News you can lose: CNN’s transformation says a lot about what is working today in television

Feb 8th 2014 | NEW YORK | From the print edition

JEFF ZUCKER, boss of CNN Worldwide, a cable-news firm, likes to start his morning with a shot of numbers. Every weekday at 9am he confers with his teams in New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and other bureaus to discuss ratings and web traffic, and to decide what news to cover. On February 4th a story reconstructing the final day of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor who died of a heroin overdose (see obituary), boosted CNN’s website. Mr Zucker wanted to “push it” on TV too. As producers pitch the stories they plan to cover, Mr Zucker pitches them his own, including more on Hillary Clinton’s election prospects, how bad weather affects America’s economy and whether drinking two fizzy drinks a day will actually kill you. Read more of this post

Business schools are better at analysing disruptive innovation than at dealing with it

Those who can’t, teach

Business schools are better at analysing disruptive innovation than at dealing with it

Feb 8th 2014 | From the print edition

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IN EVERY profession there are people who fail to practise what they preach: dentists with mouths full of rotten teeth, doctors who smoke 40 a day, accountants who forget to file their tax returns. But it is a rare profession where failure to obey its own rules is practically a condition of entry. Business schools exist to teach the value of management. They impart some basic principles—like setting clear goals and managing risk. They also teach how dangerous the business world has become. The most fashionable phrase today is “disruptive innovation”: professors solemnly warn people that entire industries face powerful new forces and that comfortable incumbents are at the mercy of swift-footed challengers. But when it comes to their own affairs, business schools flout their own rules and ignore their own warnings. Read more of this post

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