Most people think I’m an extrovert, and while they’re incorrect, their misjudgment isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, the world seems to reward extroverts. There is a narrative that talkative people are often the life of the party and that successful people are opinionated and expressive. advertisement advertisement Being an introvert in an extroverted world can feel like swimming against the current. Yet, we introverts need to survive and thrive in a world where others are less likely to be like us. Introversion, of course, is about where you get your energy. It’s not about how loudly you laugh or how many friends you have. These characteristics may be related to an overall set of personality traits, but introversion and extroversion are fundamentally about what you turn for rejuvenation. Do you recharge by being on your own, or do you need to spend time with others? The world frequently wants to make introverts into extroverts. From the … [Read more...] about How to be a happy introvert in a world that rewards extroverts
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Have you ever felt like everyone else has so much more to be thankful for? Check your Facebook or Instagram feed: Your friends seem to dine at finer restaurants, take more exotic vacations, and have more accomplished children. They even have cuter pets! advertisement advertisement Rest assured, it’s an illusion, one that’s rooted in a property of social networks known as the friendship paradox. The paradox, first formulated by sociologist Scott Feld, states that “your friends are more popular than you are, on average.” This property combines with other peculiarities of social networks to create an illusion. What the friendship paradox means is this: If I asked you who your friends are, and then I met them, on the whole I would find them to be better socially connected than you. Of course, if you are an exceptionally gregarious person, the paradox won’t apply to you. But for most of us it is likely to hold. While this paradox can occur in any … [Read more...] about This is why it seems like your friends have better lives than you do
From late spring to early summer, during the first days of my involvement with meal kit startup Purple Carrot, we fielded many questions about our “tech side.” These came primarily from a few influential Silicon Valley VCs who would directly ask questions like, “How are you using technology to make your startup more defensible?” advertisement advertisement Being a newcomer to the company–and a startup world outsider to boot–I didn’t feel comfortable asking (perhaps as a challenge to their question) who in the world of food startups is really using technology innovatively or explaining that when I think of truly innovative technology, I think of 20th century revolutions like antibiotics or computers. I suppose it depends how you define “technology,” but my usual reply was that Purple Carrot is a food company. This doesn’t mean that we don’t use technology, obviously, but using technology doesn’t make you a … [Read more...] about Yikes—Does My Startup Need To Become A Tech Company, After All?
The makeup of families has shifted in the the last few decades. advertisement advertisement In the U.S., 46% of two-parent families have both parents working full time. With both parents working, tackling family obligations becomes even more of a challenge with the expectation to be constantly connected to the office. Working parents trying to “do it all” often integrate their children into their work life. They discuss work problems at the dinner table. They bring their children to meetings when there are no other options. They make conference calls on long drives with their kids in the backseat. As a result, children grow up hearing—and understanding—what their parents do for a living in a way that was rare to experience in the past. But what kind of effect does this have on the children? Aaron Hurst, author of The Purpose Economy, thinks that being open about your work can be valuable, but complaining too much to your children can leave a bad … [Read more...] about What Your Kids Really Think About Your Career
Science shows that if you want to buy happiness, your best bet is to buy experiences not things. Physical objects may last longer than a one-off experience, but that fails to account for what’s known as the Easterlin paradox: We adapt quickly to our current levels of material wealth. We might be happier for a bit if we win the lottery, but in the long run, we’ll go back to however happy or miserable we were before. advertisement advertisement But that still doesn’t answer the question of how to allocate our wealth, especially when we have an unexpected sum of money to spend. Assuming our basic needs in life are accounted for, how would you spend, say, a surprise $10,000 gift? That’s the question asked in a thread on the forum Quora. Many respondents have absorbed the message that more consumerism isn’t the best use of money. The thread has all kinds of interesting ideas on how to spend $10K, and many of the ideas can apply to different sums of … [Read more...] about What Should You Buy If You Get An Extra $10,000? Anything But More Stuff