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Nelson Mandela @ 100

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The world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s posthumous 100th birthday today. His life of purpose, knowledge, wisdom, and sacrifice continues to inspire us. Here are 10 things Mandela told us about life and education we all should think about and live by: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Young […]

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5 Alternatives to Traditional Employment

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What do you see yourself doing after graduation? If you’re a regular reader of College Info Geek, I’m sure you’re already dreaming bigger (and more specifically) than just “I dunno, get a job, I guess.” You’re considering things like where you want to live, what kind of living arrangements you want, what your future financial […]

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John Carmack’s Deep Nights

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Late Night Depth I recently reread Masters of Doom — David Kushner’s entertaining (though cheesily dialogued) history of id Software. Something new caught my attention this time through the book. Kushner revealed that id’s ace coder, John Carmack, adopted an aggressive tactic to increase his effectiveness while working on his breakthrough Quake engine: Carmack, seeking […]

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Mike Rowe on Efficiency versus Effectiveness

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Insights from Dirty Jobs Earlier this week, I listened to Brett McKay’s interview with Mike Rowe. As you’ll learn if you listen to the conversation, following his stint as the host of Dirty Jobs, Rowe has become an advocate for the trades. In this interview, as in many others, Rowe argues that skilled labor (think: plumbing, welding) can […]

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John Grisham’s 15-Hour Workweek

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The Deep Life of John Grisham As longtime readers know, I enjoy tracking down the deep work habits of well known and highly accomplished individuals. This is why I was happy to recently stumble across a pair of interviews (here and here) in which the novelist John Grisham describes his professional routines. Here’s what I learned… […]

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James Michener’s Nomadic Pursuit of Depth

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Method Writing When James Michener was writing his epic 1978 novel, Chesapeake, he didn’t have to travel far for inspiration. At the time he lived in an old house, nestled on 25 acres, near the Choptank river on a creek that emptied into the eastern waters of Chesapeake Bay. “He loved the sounds of the place,” explained Michener […]

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The Life-Changing Magic of the Inbox Sort Folder

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Back to Basics It’s been a while since I’ve geeked out here on Study Hacks about the latest productivity hack to earn my enthusiasm. So it’s with some excitement that I bring up my latest favorite tip: the inbox sort folder. It’s not uncommon for me to go two or three days without seeing my email inbox. […]