Very few things in our lives are absolute. Everything is measured by degree, from our attention to our patience to the range and intensity of our emotions. At the same time, some things are absolute: You can't be all things to all people; you can't dance every dance; and, throughout your life, you've got to make hard choices , sacrifices, and compromises, and then you've got to live with them through thick and thin for a very long time. We become the sum of the choices we make over time; those choices determine the kind of person we end up being--and how the world sees and values us. What we become isn't a necessary result of fate or destiny. It's certainly not foretold or pre-ordained. Throughout our lives we remain a work in progress. Iteration isn't just a business process; it's also a strategy for a life well-lived. We can bend and shape outcomes to match our desires if we consciously, actively, and continually apply ourselves. But the good things we all … [Read more...] about Your Work Is Not Your Life
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The pandemic’s shift to remote work could have long-lasting positive implications—if we get it right. advertisement advertisement We can already feel that we’re in a period of change, even if we can’t quite analyze it with the benefit of historic context yet. As Brian Chesky recognized in AirBnB’s going fully remote: “You can’t fight the future, we can’t try to hold on to 2019 any more than 1950. We have to move forward.” During the pandemic, the US went from only a 6% remote workforce to 22% . That is an astounding increase in a dramatically short time frame. The most remarkable byproduct of this transition is just how much employees came to embrace this new format for work. In a continuous year-long survey of US workers published by the Chicago Booth Review , 60% said working from home was better, substantially better, or hugely better than they expected; 26% said about the same; and under 15% said worse. Now that remote work is becoming … [Read more...] about Remote work shouldn’t be the antithesis of in-person work. Here’s how to do the format correctly
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Pew Research shows that roughly 30% of Americans have used a dating app at some point in their life, and Quartz says 40% of new couples met on one. Though dating apps are becoming a universal experience, many users are growing to resent them. They rely on a marketing funnel that gets clogged between the conversion and loyalty phases. Many people use them, but few will find success. You log in, and are immediately greeted with your first profile of the day. You swipe and swipe through these, maybe checking for more details in their bio, maybe not. You’re mostly just swiping on who you think is attractive. And what you find attractive is narrowly defined. When you do happen to match with that one-in-a-hundred person, the chances that you both swipe right are low. According to MarketWatch, straight men are said to have a 0.6% match rate on Tinder, the most popular dating app. But if you swipe enough you will get a match. … [Read more...] about A New Wave Of Dating Apps Offer Users A Deeper Level Of Compatibility
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Minutes into the new season of MTV’s Following: Bretman Rock the reality show’s star joins his sister at his first-ever therapy session, where he quickly moves from skepticism to sharing. It’s the beginning of a significant mental health story arc that’s woven throughout season 2, which returns June 27 on MTV YouTube. And as with just about everything the 23-year-old celebrity and gender-bending beauty trailblazer puts into the world, it’s refreshingly unvarnished. “Not to throw my mother under the bus, but I feel like the older generation didn’t really believe in mental health and so whenever I would tell my mother when I was a kid about something that was bothering me, she thought I was being dramatic when really I might have been going through an anxiety attack,” he says. “So my entire life I believed I was making it up, and that’s why I was scared to see a therapist because I was never allowed to talk about my … [Read more...] about Hollywood & Mind: Bretman Rock On Therapy, Boundaries And His Show’s New Mental Health Storyline
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin With the blueprint for luxury fashion retail sprouting unprecedented new contours - fueled both by streetwear’s freshly gilded edge and millennials’ disregard for heritage without innovation, edge or obvious purpose - it’s perhaps unsurprising that an appreciation of off-piste brand behavior is booming. From bastardized logos to rough and ready email marketing - galvanized by a coterie of potshot-taking Insta-famous artists that are even buddying up with the brands they satirize - subverting or dismantling formerly sacred brand codes is swiftly becoming a fast-track to modernity While a respect for heritage (as we traditionally know it) isn’t dead, it’s certainly no longer solely enough to satisfy younger, ‘digitally native’ luxury appetites, who according to a globally-reaching 2017 survey by Deloitte have more impulsive spending habits than ever before ( almost 20% buy simply to treat themselves ) and regard quality and … [Read more...] about Why Brandalism Has Become A Luxury Brand’s New Best Friend
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin For photographer Sophie Elgort (yes, from that highly creative family ), it was a no-brainer for to have her work showcased at the pop-up store of the fashion brand Adeam on the Upper East Side. She has long been an admirer of the label and has on many occasions worn their designs. Her contemporary images with just the right mix of romance and idyll and the gentlest hint of nostalgia are very much in step with the collections designed by Adeam designer Hanako Maeda. From now until July 16, a photographic series from the photographer entitled Summer will be on show at the Adeam store. Below Sophie discusses her work and how her partnership with Adeam came about. How did this collaboration with Adeam come about? I've worked with Adeam in the past on photo shoots and have a longtime friendship with Adeam creative director, Hanako Maeda. They approached me in early May about doing an exhibition at their new … [Read more...] about Photographer Sophie Elgort Shows Her Work At Adeam’s Pop-Up Store
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s only been a few decades since astronomers have been able to confirm the existence of planets around other stars beyond our solar system, and we’re really just getting the tools online to start checking those distant worlds for signs of life. A big presumption in this most important of all searches is that other Earth-like planets are probably the best type of exoplanets focus on, but new research supports broadening the search. A team of researchers from Switzerland used computer models to determine that liquid water could exist on planets very different from Earth for long periods of time, up to tens of billions of years, even. "One of the reasons that water can be liquid on Earth is its atmosphere," Ravit Helled from the University of Zurich explains in a statement. "With its natural greenhouse effect, it traps just the right amount of heat to create the right conditions for oceans, rivers and rain.” … [Read more...] about Alien Life May Be Feasible Even On Planets Without A Star, New Study Suggests
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Retailers might have thought they’d seen enough disruption these past two years to last a lifetime. If only this was the case. The industry must once again confront a new set of economic headwinds. From high inflation to eroding confidence to ongoing supply chain issues, pressure on the global economy is growing — and the effects are weighing heavily on both consumers and businesses. Consider the recent decline in consumer spending and sentiment. Retail sales have contracted since 2021, and consumer sentiment is down significantly, nearing levels we last saw at the time of the 2008 financial crisis. Clearly, inflationary pressures are a factor here. High and persistent inflation is eating into incomes and consumer purchasing power. Discretionary spending is pulling back as a result. However, Accenture’s ACN analysis indicates other dynamics are also in play. Take the fact that consumer spending on durable … [Read more...] about From Supply Crunch To Supply Glut: How To Navigate Uncertainty?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It’s well established that urban environments are going to be home to the majority of the world’s population in the coming decades. While extreme weather is causing floods, droughts and wildfires, it’s also going to have significant effects on urban living. The increasing temperatures the media is discussing, from heat waves across India, the US, Spain and Germany, Doha at 49°C or Jacobabad at 51°C, mean that we must find new ways to protect city dwellers from the worst impacts of a changing environment. According to Lauren Sorkin, executive director of the Resilient Cities Network, cities have the potential to address climate change but they need a rethink in terms of how they keep people safe and build in equity and resilience. Sorkin argues we also need to agree on a common set of risks – and be honest about the level of risk we face. It’s important to remember that cities themselves are major infrastructure investors and … [Read more...] about As Climate Change Threatens Mounting Urban Costs, Is Biomimicry The Way Forward?
Nobody likes to feel uncomfortable. Well, maybe there are a few masochists out there, but for the most part, discomfort is something that most of us avoid. Ironically, by avoiding discomfort though, we’re ultimately left with more of it. And it becomes debilitating for us individually and as companies. advertisement advertisement From an evolutionary perspective, avoiding discomfort makes a lot of sense. The discomfort of walking toward a lion on the Savanna didn’t end well for our ancestors. As far back as Darwin, biologists studied discomfort as being a driving force powering predatory avoidance, resource gathering, and overall survival tactics that have been critical to keeping our species (and most others) alive. It was literally what caused us to deal with the necessities of survival. While discomfort may have driven our ancestor’s survival, today it’s a different story. Modernity has ushered in an era where most of us are rarely in … [Read more...] about This paradoxical way of thinking can help you build resilience