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Beautiful girl is studying reading a book while st 2022 01 12 00 48 29 utcFinding the time, or motivation, to read a 300-plus page book after an exhausting workday is no easy feat.  But reading is one of the best, most affordable ways you can become a better, happier version of yourself.

“Reading is one of the most affordable personal growth tools we have at our disposal,” Lucía García-Giurgiu, a life coach and holistic psychotherapist, tells CNBC Make It. “There is so much valuable knowledge you can learn from books and put into practice in your own life …. And eventually, that knowledge becomes wisdom, it becomes second-nature.”

 

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Beautiful girl is studying reading a book while st 2022 01 12 00 48 29 utcFinding the time, or motivation, to read a 300-plus page book after an exhausting workday is no easy feat.  But reading is one of the best, most affordable ways you can become a better, happier version of yourself.

“Reading is one of the most affordable personal growth tools we have at our disposal,” Lucía García-Giurgiu, a life coach and holistic psychotherapist, tells CNBC Make It. “There is so much valuable knowledge you can learn from books and put into practice in your own life …. And eventually, that knowledge becomes wisdom, it becomes second-nature.”

 

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Team ChatWe've all seen the headlines lately--there's a good chance that we are entering a recessionary market. During these periods of economic uncertainty, one of the first things many businesses do is pull back on marketing and advertising spending. Marketing is often one of the biggest line items in a business' budget, but in my experience, turning off marketing investment completely isn't the best path to long-term success either, especially if there is an opportunity to gain market share.

 

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Photo: courtesy of Karbon KineticsI love to ride bikes. And I’ve spent a meaningful percentage of my life working in big cities. But I’ve only rarely gotten around urban environments on two wheels. Maybe that’s because bicycles, when you’re not on them, can be a burden. They’re big and bulky, are difficult to meld with other means of transit (such as subways), and aren’t always welcome in offices. They’re also at risk of being stolen if you leave them outside, regardless of how well you’ve locked them up.

Image: Photo: courtesy of Karbon Kinetics

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Digitalization of a futuristic artificial intellig 2022 11 17 14 40 57 utcLONDON – The tech world has generated a fresh abundance of front-page news in 2022. In October, Elon Musk bought Twitter – one of the main public communication platforms used by journalists, academics, businesses, and policymakers – and proceeded to fire most of its content-moderation staff, indicating that the company would rely instead on artificial intelligence.

 

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Businessman discussing analysis charts or graphs o 2022 08 24 22 45 06 utcBuried in a dusty landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, are more than 700,000 discarded Atari game cartridges, including E.T., the 1982 Atari game based on the blockbuster film. This bleak trove of artifacts symbolizes the video game crash of 1983, when consumer demand plummeted and companies like Atari literally dumped their cartridges in the trash.

Why did the popularity of Atari video games rise exponentially only to collapse seemingly overnight? As soon as creative original Atari games like Centipede and Space Invaders hit store shelves, many, many imitations flooded the market.

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Concept of time management for office and school 2022 07 05 16 26 22 utcEfficient time management is one of the most essential skills for busy entrepreneurs to ensure the smooth functioning of their businesses as they have a lot on their plates, from planning and executing strategies to managing employees to chairing meetings and gaining new clients. Since entrepreneurs have to wear multiple hats, context switching and multitasking associated with holding various roles pose a big time management challenge but no matter how packed the schedule is, every entrepreneur is in need to allocate the right amount of time to each task.

 

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Future AI 1aIn 2022, AI got creative. AI models can now produce remarkably convincing pieces of text, pictures, and even videos, with just a little prompting.

It’s only been nine months since OpenAI set off the generative AI explosion with the launch of DALL-E 2, a deep-learning model that can produce images from text instructions. That was followed by a breakthrough from Google and Meta: AIs that can produce videos from text. And it’s only been a few weeks since OpenAI released ChatGPT, the latest large language model to set the internet ablaze with its surprising eloquence and coherence.

Image: STEPHANIE ARNETT/MITTR; UNSPLASH, PEXELS, WELLCOME COLLECTION

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Architects working at whiteboard in office 2021 08 28 23 57 36 utcWhen done properly, storytelling for business can entice your audience and demonstrate the need for your offerings. A good story can evoke emotion, drawing in customers and making them curious about your product or service. However, when a story is done wrong, consumers can lose interest in your product—and potentially your brand.

 

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Bob Iger. (2022, December 21). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_IgerOn Wednesday evening, Disney CEO Bob Iger sent out an email to customers. It's notable for a few reasons, one being that I'm not sure I remember ever getting an email from Iger's predecessor, Bob Chapek.

Chapek, you may remember, took over when Iger retired in 2020, only to be replaced last month when the board lost confidence that he was the right person to be running one of the most beloved companies in the world. To be fair, Chapek is a very smart guy, and was mostly executing on the plan left by Iger. It just turns out he wasn't very good at being CEO.

Image: Bob Iger. (2022, December 21). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Iger

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Leadership 2022 12 16 14 00 12 utcThe higher road to being a good leader is a courageous journey; it's walking the talk of character and integrity and there are no shortcuts.

Good leaders that choose this journey know they can't succeed without learning from others, especially what it means to serve for the good of others. Leaders learn to become leaders by modeling servant leadership, and they continue to learn in their roles as long as they call themselves a leader.

 

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95ac29 b8a5dd44ff6c4e24b467cef99a692d45 mv2Porsche and international partners working with the Chilean operating company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) have started the industrial production of synthetic fuels.

In the presence of Chilean Energy Minister Diego Pardow, the ‘Haru Oni’ pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile) was officially opened today with executives and dignitaries performing the ceremonial fuelling of a Porsche 911 with the first synthetic fuel produced at the site. eFuels made from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the nearly CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines.

Image: eFuels made from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the nearly CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Metriport teamYou’d have thought that the quantified self movement was stalling out, but Metriport would like to tell you otherwise, thank-you-very-much. We covered the company back in February, and now it has raised $2.4 million to evolve to the next level.

The company went through Y Combinator, and in the process discovered how fractured the healthcare IT space was.

Image: Metriport

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Researchers are betting on humble aqueous batteries – with water-based electrolytes – generally regarded as safe, reliable and affordable. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Lithium-ion batteries, which today power everything from the smartphones we carry in our pockets to the electric vehicles we drive, are projected to capture 80% of the rechargeable battery market in the coming years.

Image: Researchers are betting on humble aqueous batteries – with water-based electrolytes – generally regarded as safe, reliable and affordable. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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