What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?

Answer by Irfan Khan:

Eye Exercises
When your eyes get tired and you start feeling the eye strain, but still have some work to do, use the Exercises for Eyes. Regular eye exercises can help you to improve eyesight and prevent eye diseases such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. Please follow the instruction step by step making twenty-seconds breaks between exercises.
Gazing Into the Darkness
Place your elbows on the table. Then place the palms of your hands over your eyes with the fingers of one hand crossing over the fingers on the other hand. Close your eyes and gaze into the darkness. Relax and hold this position for 1-3 minutes.
Side to Side Eye Movement
Stand or sit up right. Look straight ahead. Without moving your head, look to the left. Focus on what you see. Then look to the right. Focus on what you see. Move your eyes side to side 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Up and Down Eye Movement
Sit up straight and look straight ahead. Then look up and focus on what you see. Look down. Don't be afraid to wrinkle your forehead or frown with your eyebrows. It's good for the eyes. Look up and down 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Moving Your Eyes Diagonally
Look straight ahead. Look down and to the left. Then move your eyes diagonally and look up and to the right. Focus on what you see. Repeat this exercise 5 times, then look straight ahead and do the same exercise looking down and to the right and then looking up and to the left. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Rolling Your Eyes in a Circle
Sit up straight and relax. Look to the left and slowly roll your eyes in a circle clockwise. To do this look up, then slowly move your eyes clockwise and look down and then move your eyes and look to the right. Do it clockwise 5 times and then counterclockwise 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Near and Far Focus
Focus on a nearby object, e.g. a pencil. It should be 20-30 cm away from your eyes. Then look at something distant. Focus on that distant object and try to see it in detail. Then look on the nearby object again. Change this focus 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Concentration One
Sit up straight. Look straight ahead. Gaze at the point between your eyebrows. Focus on what you see and gaze for a few seconds. Look straight ahead. Then gaze at the point between your eyebrows again. Change this focus 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Concentration Two
Sit up straight. Look straight ahead. Gaze at the tip of your nose for a few seconds. Then look straight ahead again. Change this focus 5 times. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Massage One
Close your eyes. Then squeeze your eyes shut tightly. Keep them squeezed shut for 2-3 seconds. Relax the muscles around your eyes. Squeeze your eyes shut again. Repeat 10 times.
Massage Two
Close your eyes. Gently touch your eyelids and massage your eyes with circular movements.Press lightly. Don’t try to press too hard. Make 10 circular movements, first clockwise then counterclockwise.
Thank You.

What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?


What are some mind-blowing facts that sound like ‘BS’, but are actually true?

Answer by Prashant Bisht:

About 6 percent of everything you say and read and write is the
"the" – is the most used word in the English language. About one out of every 16 words we encounter on a daily basis is "the." The top 20 most common English words in order are "the," "of," "and," "to," "a," "in," "is," "I," "that," "it," "for," "you,""was," "with," "on," "as," "have," "but," "be," "they."
You see, whether the most commonly used words are ranked across an
entire language, or in just one book or article, almost every time a bizarre
pattern emerges. The second most used word will appear about half as often as the most used. The third one third as often. The fourth one fourth as often. The fifth one fifth as often. The sixth one sixth as often, and so on all the way down.Seriously. For some reason, the amount of times a word is used is just proportional to one over its rank. Word frequency and ranking on a log log graph follow a nice straight line.
A power-law.
This phenomenon is called Zipf's Law and it doesn't only apply to English. It also applies to other languages, like, well,all of them.
Even ancient languages we haven't been able to translate yet.
And here's the thing. We have no idea why. It's surprising that something as
complex as reality should be conveyed by something as creative as language in such a predictable way. How predictable?
Well, watch this. According to Wordcount · Tracking the Way We Use Language,which ranks words as found in the British National Corpus, "sauce" is the 5,555th most common English word.
Now, here is a list of how many times every word on Wikipedia and in the
entire Gutenberg Corpus of tens of thousands of public domain books shows
up. The most used word, 'the,' shows up about 181 million times. Knowing these two things, we can estimate that the word "sauce" should appear about thirty thousand times on Wikipedia and Gutenberg combined.
And it pretty much does.
What gives? The world is chaotic. Things are
distributed in myriad of ways, not just power laws. And language is personal,intentional, idiosyncratic. What about the
world and ourselves could cause such complex activities and behaviors to
follow such a basic rule? We literally don't know. More than a century of
research has yet to close the case.
Moreover, Zipf's law doesn't just mysteriously describe word use. It's
also found in city populations, solar flare intensities, protein sequences and
immune receptors, the amount of traffic websites get, earthquake magnitudes, the number of times academic papers are cited, last names, the firing patterns of neural networks, ingredients used in
cookbooks, the number of phone calls people received, the diameter of Moon craters, the number of people that die in wars, the popularity of opening chess moves, even the rate at which we forget.

What are some mind-blowing facts that sound like 'BS', but are actually true?

What are some of the best life tips?

Answer by Nelson Wang:

Over the last 31 years of my life, I've learned a lot through my experiences.
These experiences include:
1. Having my articles featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Fortune and Inc.
2. Starting two companies and building 4 top 100 apps in different categories
3. 10 years in the technology industry at amazing companies like Cisco, VMware, Box and Optimizely
4. Writing a book on Amazon that hit #1 in the resumes category with over 40,000 Kindle downloads
And today, I'll be sharing with you my top 100 tips on work, life hacks and life lessons. 
To make it easier to read, I've categorized this into three categories for you:
Work tips – #1-34
Life hacks – #35-55
Life lessons – #56-100
Hope it helps you live an epic life!
Work tips:
1. Say no to 1 hour meetings – "I love 1 hour meetings," said no one ever. 1 hour meetings are often unnecessary. You can usually accomplish in 30 minutes what you thought you needed an hour for. 30 minutes will force you to be concise and on point.
2. Do the Steve Jobs walk – Steve Jobs often did some of his most important meetings while going for a walk. I do this all the time. First, doing meetings in conference rooms can feel very stiff. Second, getting people outside of their everyday environment may get them to see things from a new perspective. Third, being physically active during your meeting could help you think more clearly. So open the door, get some fresh air and go for a walk.
3.  Visualize your success – Imagine 3 groups of basketball players.
*The first group would practice shooting free throws 20 minutes a day.
*The second group wouldn't practice free throws but would visualize themselves making free throws.
*The third group would not practice or visualize at all.
The results? There was a significant improvement in the second group. In fact, they were almost as good as the first group.
By the way, this is a real experiment that was conducted by Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson.
So if you want to get that new jobs, imagine yourself prepping for the interview, nailing it and signing the job offer. Visualize what you want your future to be.
4. Listen first before speaking – Seek to understand first. How can you make an intelligent remark on something if you haven't taken the time to observe what's happening first? You have two ears and only one mouth. There's a reason for that.
5. Keep your daily to do list small – Instead of writing up a huge to do list every day – focus on completing the 3 more important items every day. This forces you to prioritize your activities to ensure you're getting the best return on your energy and time. Ask this question: "Do I really need to do this today?"
6. Set goals – If you don't even know where you're headed, how will you create the plan on how to get there? Set your destination first and then set sail.
7. Celebrate progress – The journey to your goal could be a long one. So make sure you take the time to celebrate your progress along the way. Eat a nice dinner. High five your teammates. Strike a gong. Do a fist pump. Yell out from the rooftops. Because success is worth celebrating.
8. Figure out your why – It's a such a great question that isn't asked enough. Why does it all matter? Figure out your why and that'll be the fuel for your motivation. Whether it's supporting your family or making an impact on the world, figuring out your why is critical to taking your work to the next level.
9. Understand your strengths and amplify those – You'll be naturally talented in certain areas or you'll practice a skill enough to become an expert at it. Focus your energy on amplifying those strengths rather than trying to be mediocre at everything. Better to be an expert at a few things than a mediocre jack of all trades!
10. Don't burn bridges – I get it, we all work with jerks at some point in our careers. Who cares? Don't let it get to you. There's no need to say anything bad about them. If anything, try to find humor in it, learn from it and move on. You've got better things to focus on. Like being the most epic version of yourself that you can be.
11. View challenges as opportunities – Have you ever spent a long time waiting at the post office to ship something before? I know I have. What if instead of complaining of that process, you created an app that would allow you to request a driver to arrive at your house and to pick up and deliver your shipment for you? If you viewed that challenge as an opportunity, you would have created Shyp, an amazing app that does exactly that.
12. Shorten your commute – I used to travel over 3 hours on the freeway for work every day for a few years. I was stressed, tired and exhausted. I also wasted a ton of time sitting in a car. It's absolutely not worth it. Work near where you live. If you can, make it within walking distance. Imagine 3 hours a day working on something you love. Time is precious. Don't waste it on the freeway.
13. Test your assumptions – Did you know that A/B testing helped Barack Obama raise $60M by running a simple experiment? This blog post from Optimizely highlights how different tests run on media and buttons made a huge impact on results.
At the end of the day, all of us have an opinion at work. The only way to know the answer is to test your assumptions.
14. Dip your toes into the water – You never really know until you try. If you never try, you'll always be wondering "what if." So what are you waiting for? Want to explore a new career? Want to learn about a different department? Want to start your own business? Dip your toes into the water. Make it happen.
15. Give credit where it's due – People can't stand it when someone takes credit for something they didn't do. Don't be that person. Recognize others when they do an awesome job. It creates trust among teammates and will you further as a company.
16. Every person you meet is a potential door opener to a new opportunity – Be nice to people. You never know how you can help each other down the road.
17. Make data driven decisions – When in doubt, look at the data. What is it telling you?
18. Trust your gut – Data driven decisions aren't quite as helpful when there's little or no data to work with. In those cases, go with your gut.
19. Focus on the 80/20 rule – 20% of your clients will usually generate 80% of the return. Focus your energy on the work that matters.
20. 10 years test – You're going to run into problems that might seem like disasters. Don't freak out. Instead, use the 10 years test. Will this problem matter in 10 days? In 10 months? In 10 years? Probably not. And if it won't, don't stress about it. It's not worth it.
21. Do what you love  – Life's short. Do you really want to spend 23.8% of your life working at a job that you hate? Didn't think so. Do what you love.
22. Focus on making an impact – Don't do work for the sake of looking busy or only because someone told you to. Think about the impact. And if it's not impactful, have the courage to say so. Challenge yourself to do great work that makes an impact.
23. Lead with or without the title – You don't need a big title to make a difference at your company. You can lead by driving a new initiative, coming up with an awesome idea or by coaching and encouraging your teammates to be at their best.
24. Build a personal brand – You have a living, breathing brand. Want to build a great brand? Dress the part. Act the part. Live the part.
For example, if you want to be perceived as a great content marketer, you've got to act the part. You could write a ton of Quora posts, LinkedIn articles and blog posts on the subject of content marketing. That way, when people have a need for content marketing, they think of you because they've seen 500 of your posts.
25. Invest in your LinkedIn profile – Nearly every single recruiter who has reached out to me this year found me on LinkedIn. Think about that for a second.
Time's have changed.
We used to submit our resume to company websites to find jobs. While it can still work, it's not the most effective way to learn about new job opportunities.
Once you submit your resume, it's immediately outdated. LinkedIn, however, is brilliant because people are incentivized to update their profiles constantly. So what ends up happening? Recruiters find most of the best talent on LinkedIn.
It's a new age folks. Invest in your LinkedIn profile. I have a ton of tips on this in my book The Resume is Dead (It would take us way too long to highlight in this post).
26. Leave your business card at home – Add someone on LinkedIn instead. It's easier to keep in touch with them, reduces your administrative work in loading that person into your contact book and updates on each other are easily viewed. Welcome to the cloud.
27. Stay humble – You might be pretty good at what you do, but chances are somebody else in the world does it better. And even if you are the best at it, chances are you aren't good at a million other things. So stay humble. Stay foolish. Stay hungry. And keep learning from others.
28. Embrace failure and learn from it – You are going to fail at some point in life. It could be a big event, like getting fired. It could be a small event, like forgetting to do the laundry. It's all relative.
The important thing is to recognize that the process for dealing with big or small failures is the same.
Acknowledge that it happened. Deal with the situation. Learn from it. Improve yourself. And move on.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, went from being an unemployed single mother living off unemployment benefits to becoming one of the best selling authors of all time.
Failure happens. It's how you deal with it that matters.
29. Embrace your champions – Along the way, you will find people that genuinely believe in you and your mission. They will cheer you on. Embrace them. Even if your only champion is your mom.
30. Embrace your naysayers – On this same journey, you'll also find people who doubt you every step of the way. Embrace them too. Only this time, use that doubt as your source of motivation. I had 4 managers who ranked me second to last in interviews at a Fortune 100 company. I used that to motivate me when I finally landed a job. I ended up managing the #1 operation in the country. Thanks for the motivation.
31. Recognize the importance of transparency – People are more empathetic when they understand why things are happening. When they're left in the dark, it becomes hard to build trust. Be transparent.
32. Invest in a standing desk – A study from the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sitting increases our chances of getting a disease or condition that will kill us prematurely. Holy. Moly. Get a standing desk. Now. I did this for two years and felt way more productive.
33. Work smart – Why are we doing this? Does it have to be done this way? Is there a better way to do it? How can I get a better return in less time?
Keep asking questions like this. Working hard is great. Working smart and hard is a even better. #WinningCombo
34. Find mentors who live your desired lifestyle – Want to work 5 hours a week and travel the world? Find people who have create a passive income lifestyle successfully like Pat Flynn, Eric Siu and Benny Hsu and have them be your mentors. While they may not be able to mentor you 1:1, you can have them be a virtual mentor by following their website learnings.
Life hacks:
35. Freeze your fruits/vegetables – You want to eat healthy but your produce always manages to go bad before you can finish it. So here's what you do instead: right before it goes bad, freeze it! Then you can use it in soups, stews or smoothies in a pinch!
36. Cut the cable cord and get Netflix – You still get awesome entertainment and just reduced your monthly bill a ton.
37. Clean your home once a month – De-cluttering your living space will de-clutter your mind. Here's a simply way to determine what you keep: Have I used this in the last year? If no, donate it.
38. Utilize quick pick me ups – Sometimes you just need something to jump start yourself into a happier mood. Watch a funny Youtube video (Jimmy Fallon's Lip Sync Battles, Ellen Degeneres clips), sing one of your favorite songs outloud or dance like nobody's watching. Life's short. You may as well have some fun.
39. Buy a chap stick keychain – Have you lost your chap stick before? I've lost a ton. That's why I bought a chap stick keychain. Problem solved. My lips have never been happier. Smooth like butter.
40. Host events – When all is said and done, relationships are what matter. Host an event for your friends, family and loved ones so that you get a chance to spend some quality time together. Want to do it on a budget? Make it a potluck.
Want to make it work related? That's awesome too. Trust me, your coworkers want to enjoy life outside of the office too. They may not always remember what you did in the office, but they'll definitely remember the epic get togethers you hosted.
41. Invest in an awesome mattress – You spend about 33% of your life sleeping. Why would you skimp on your mattress? Help yourself get the best sleep possible.
42. Iron your shirt without an iron – Don't have an iron? Your last resort: hang your clothes in the bathroom while you take a hot shower and then blow it dry with a hair dryer. It works for me all the time!
43. Arrive at least 2 hours before your flight take off time – Especially if it's an international flight. Trust me, I've flown to over 50 cities in a year. You don't need the stress.
44. Pack food for your flight – You don't have to pay a small fortune to have lunch at the airport anymore. Bring your own sandwich, fruit or snack.
45. Wiggle your body during turbulence – I use to hate hitting turbulence. It would make me a nervous wreck. The solution? Wiggle your tush when the turbulence hits. You'll feel less of it. I don't know why this is true, but it works. I've tried it a few times now!
46. Charge your phone faster – Switch it into airplane mode and it'll charge faster.
47. Get an extra battery pack – Let's face it, we use our phones for almost everything nowadays including directions, finding places to eat, communicating and entertainment just to name a few. When our phones die, we're close to being incapable of doing anything.
I'm kidding of course. But life does get harder without a smartphone to help out. So buy an extra battery pack.
48. Stay away from processed foods – The more you eat whole, natural foods like vegetables and fruits, the more likely your diet will stay healthy. Stay away from the processed stuff.
49. Don't live someone else's life – Learn to build your own values, passions, opinions and personality. You are not anyone else. You're completely unique and awesome in your own way. This is your life. Own it.
When I told people I wanted to build a blog focused on motivation called www.ceolifestyle.io – some of them were skeptical.
Who cares? It's not their life. It's mine. If I get passionate about motivating other people, I'm going to make it happen. #MakeItSo
50. Skip the caffeine – You don't need it. You can make yourself more focused and awake by doing things that are completely natural and free.  Here are some quick examples: exercise, meditation, drinking enough water (your frequent bathroom trips will make you alert, trust me) and working on something you're passionate about.
51. Slow down – We get it. You want to make a dent in the universe. You want to change the world. You want to create something magical. Slow down. Take a deep breathe. You don't have to react instantly all the time. Sometimes, taking a moment to collect yourself and to think about the situation might drive a better outcome for you. I learned this from a special person I met in Spain and it's improved my quality of life tremendously.
52. Color code your keys – My friends taught me this trick. Ever fumble through your keys to try to find the right one, only to try it and realize it's not? There's a fix for that. Color code your keys. For example, our garage door is the yellow key, the green key is for the main public entrance and the red key is for our front door to our apartment unit. You can buy colored key covers on Amazon or use nail polish / paint to make the keys color coded. #problemsolved
53. Put a small garbage bin in your car – Notice your car getting messy? Admit it, you've tossed stuff you needed to throw away into the passenger seat before. You don't have to live that kind of life. Get a small garbage bin.
54. Hang a tennis ball in your garage – Speaking of cars, have you ever had trouble parking your car in the garage? Seriously, it's not easy to make sure that you parked close enough to the wall so that you car doesn't get crushed by the garage door. Hang a tennis ball in your garage so that you know exactly when to stop moving forward.
55. Stuff newspaper in your shoes – It'll remove the moisture and some of the smells it's picked up over time. Okay, I admit it, I haven't tried this one myself but I heard it works.
Life tips:
56. Learn one new thing a day – This could be one word from a new language, a scientific fact, a life hack or anything else that you're interested in. Over time, learning one new thing a day will shape you into awesomeness.
57. Remember people's names – Did you know that a study has shown that if you call people by their name, they usually respond with more energy and engagement? Yup, I ran that study. And my sample size group has been the thousands of people I've worked with over my 11 year career in technology. When you say someone's name, it shows that you care. It shows that you recognize their presence. It shows that you're a nice person. Try it.
58. Focus only on the present – Stop regretting the past. Stop worrying about the future. Focus on the present. Focus on the now. Feel the sun on your face. Feel the wind behind on your back. Hear the wind as it blows the tree branches. Dig your toes into the sand. Listen when people talk.
If you read a page from the last chapter over and over again you'll never finish the book. So stop thinking about the past. Be in the now.
59. Listen to your body – When you're exhausted, don't fight it. Take a nap or sleep. When you feel stressed out, take a break. When you feel sick from eating that 10th donut, well, maybe you shouldn't have done that. Learn to listen to the signals in your body and respond in the right way.
60. Learn to let go – Mistakes happen. Don't drill on it. Life isn't perfect. Think of any issues you run into as "speed bumps" – they make the ride a little uncomfortable but you'll get through it.
61. Read before sleeping – Don't let the blue light from your computer or phone keep you up at night. You can use F.lux, which is an awesome app that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day. This way you can use your computer to read an awesome book and learn something new. Or you can go the old fashioned route and buy a hard cover book. Getting into the routine of reading before sleeping will help you wind down the day and learn something new at the same time!
62. You are the 5 people you surround yourself with – A few months ago, I ran into what I thought was a disaster for my company. A part of me wanted to shut down the company (It's called Collide). My good friend and co-founder Steve challenged me immediately. He asked what I wanted to achieve in life and why I created the company in the first place. After a long talk, I realized that I wanted to stay the course. Steve helped me understand that my desire to succeed was far greater than my fears. I'm telling you this story because I've learned that surrounding yourself with people that inspire you to be better can completely take your life to new levels.
63. Learn to say no – You can't do everything for everyone. Stop spreading yourself thin. Learn to say no. Focus on a few things and be great at those.
64. Explore the world – Travel the world. It's a great way to get a fresh perspective on life. Howard Schultz traveled to Europe and feel in love with the coffee shops there. Guess what happened next? He started Starbucks. #GetInspired
65. Build your own values – Model yourself after people that you admire. At the end of the day though, you've got to be able to make your own judgment calls. The best way to do this is to decide what your values are. Once you do, write it down and post it on your mirror. It's the foundation of who you are.
66. Embrace change – You need to get comfortable with this simple idea: The only thing constant is change. Instead of fearing it, embrace it.
67. Clean along the way – Sure, you could let those dishes pile up for a month, but that would be pretty painful to clean up. Along the way, your home would start to smell, fill with fruit flies and generally make it less enjoyable to live in. So don't procrastinate. Clean along the way.
68. Silence can be beautiful – You don't always have to fill up silence with words. Sometimes there is beauty in being silent.
69. When in doubt, simple respond with "Let me think about that." – Let's face it, we don't always have the right answer. Instead of rushing to answer, tell the person that you need time to think about things further. This shows that you're being thoughtful and also gives you something to respond with.
70. Do your most important task first thing in the morning – Your energy will be higher at this moment. It's why I workout first thing in the morning most days.
71. Use the "We'll see" method – Even when it seems like something terrible has happened at the moment, there's the possibility that it might lead to something good in the future. So instead of making up your own conclusions about the future, just tell yourself, "We'll see."
72. Meditate – You can use apps like Headspace that are free and can help you clear your mind. This is an awesome way to relax your mind and body.
73. Realize that most people don't care about you – Sorry, people's lives don't revolve around your universe. Well, the exception might be if you're a celebrity. But in all seriousness, stop worrying about what other people think of you. Most of them don't even really care that much. Instead, focus on being the best possible version of yourself.
74. There are a few people in the world that really deeply care about you – Keep those people close to you in life. They're the ones that can make your life amazing. They're the ones that will stick with you through the good and the bad.
75. Roll your clothes – When you travel, try rolling your clothes to maximize packing space. I did this and can fit 2.5 weeks of clothes into a carry on now.
76. Only you are responsible for your own life – So own it. Take control. You have to figure out what makes you happy. What gets you inspired. What drives you.
77. Say something awesome to yourself everyday – Positive reinforcement can help you maintain an upbeat mood even in the worst of times. Treat yourself well.
78. Take a deep breath – Didn't that feel awesome? Yeah, try doing that more. You'll feel better.
79. Happiness is a state of mind, not a destination – Growing up, I used to tell myself, if only I had this specific thing, I would be happy. After 31 years of living, I can tell you that's not how happiness works. Happiness is a state of mind.
My close friend told me that he feels happiness when the sun shines on his face. He almost died when he was in his early twenties. He was saved by a stranger who donated a kidney to him. He's happy that he's alive today.
You can find happiness now. It's right in front of you, everywhere you look. It's up to you to open your eyes.
80. Remember to have the time of your life – Remember that at the end of the day, no one lives forever. So while you're here, remember to have the time of your life. Laugh, smile and have fun.
81. Promise only on what you can deliver – Reliability goes a long way. A ton of people over promise and under deliver. Don't be that person.
82. Be fearless – Fear is just a feeling. Learn to take it head on. Have a bias towards action and be fearless.
83. Marry your best friend – You want someone who's going to be there with you through the best and worst of times. Someone you can talk to all night or have a completely comfortable silence with. Someone who loves you for who you are
84. Be insanely curious – Being curious will help you keep an open mind. By doing so, you'll learn new ideas and help bring passion and excitement in your life. You don't know everything, so learn as much as you can in your life!
85. Think about how you can help others – At the end of the day, your legacy will be who you loved, who loved you and how much you helped others.
86. Time is your most valuable asset – I had a family friend who spent most of his life saving up every penny to eventually live the life he always wanted. After years of saving, he was involved in a tragic car accident. He never lived the life he dreamed about.
Money is valuable. Time is even more valuable.
Utilize money to help you find more time.
Time with your loved ones.
Time with your buddies.
Time with your spouse.
Time with your kids.
There are 525,600 minutes in a year. How do you spend your time?
87. Someone else's recipe may not work for you – Just because it worked for someone else means it'll work for you. Learn from others but also realize that everyone's situation is unique.
88. Have an idea jar – Whether it's for love, friendships or family, an idea jar is a great way to ensure you have activities to do together. The next time you have an idea for something, put it into the idea jar. Each week, you can pull one from the idea jar and voila, you've got some fun in your hands!
89. Act exactly how you feel – Why the poker face? It's unnecessary. If you're upset, act and feel upset. If you're happy, smile. Better to be 100% authentic than to live a lie.
90. Smile at people – It makes you happier. It's contagious. It lowers stress and anxiety. It strengthens your immune system. It makes you seem more competent. It makes your look trustworthy. It can even be an effective management technique.
And yes, every single of these has been proven by a study. Every. Single. One.
By the way, it cost you nothing. That's awesome.
91. Simple is good – Stuff has administrative debt. That new car you just got? Maintenance and insurance. Those 10 shopping sites you subscribed to? 100 emails in your inbox you have to go through. Keep life simple. It's easier and more enjoyable.
92. Don't get attached to stuff – Once you take care of your basic necessities, like your health, shelter, clothing and food, chances are that stuff won't make you happy. Don't get too attached to it. When we leave this world we can't bring our stuff with us anyway.
93. Choose experiences over stuff – What you should value are experiences. A simple dinner with your mother talking about life. A vacation with your spouse to a place you've always wanted to travel. A long talk with friends over a warm fire on a cold winter night. Working late night with your teammates to build a game changing startup. These are the moments you'll remember.
94. Don't compare yourself to others – Just focus on being the best possible version of yourself.
95. Making something for someone to show that you care – It's easy to buy something for someone. Making something with love, passion and care is much harder. Go the extra mile and make something for the person that you love. Need ideas? Check out Pinterest.
96. Love yourself first – Before you fall in love with anyone else, make sure you're in a good place. Learn to love yourself, including all of your awesomeness and your flaws. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the better you can love someone else.
97. Your word choice matters – Your words have a lot of power.
Version #1: "We have a problem with our project."
Version #2: "We have an opportunity to fix things on this project."
I feel a lot better hearing version #2. What about you?
98. Learn to let go – Sometimes you can't fix things. Let it go. Yup, I wrote this life tip earlier. I'm repeating it because it's that important. 
99. Everyone has a story – Maybe someone was mean to you today. That sucks. But what if you found out it's because they just learned about a tragedy in their family? It changes everything, doesn't it? Just remember, everyone has their own story to tell.
100. Love – When all is said and done, all that you'll really remember are the amazing people you've connected with and helped along the way. Love your friends. Love your family. Love your spouse. Love is all that matters. Love more.
I hope this list helps you live the best life possible.
What are you waiting for?
Go. Start. Now. Because it's never too late to be amazing.

What are some of the best life tips?

What are some mind blowing facts about TATA?

Answer by Kshitij Salgunan:

This may come as a surprise, but more than 24% of the internet's traffic goes through TATA's cables! TATA communications is one among the few global tier-1 Internet service providers in the world. Tier-1 means that they have enough cables to connect the world that they don't need to pay anyone any fee to access any destination on internet! They are the only tier-1 ISP from India and claims to have the world's largest global network.  [1]
TATA provides internet to the tier-2 companies which sells internet to normal tier-3 internet service providers from whom we buy our broad band connections. Companies like BSNL, MTNL etc buy bandwidth from Tata.
They wholly own the low latency fiber optic cable which connects eight of the word's most important trading platforms : London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Mumbai. This is the first time such a global network is being build exclusively for trading. It is the orange cable in the map below. You can see that it is laid in a snake like pattern over Russia. This is to increase the redundancy of the network, if one cable gets damaged at some point, then the network can still remain live through the other cable.  [2]
Source: Tata Communications (It is an interactive map showing their and their partner's cables)
They have build a network of more than 500,000 KMs of submarine fibre optic cables and 210,000 KMs of terrestrial cables reaching more than 240 countries. Just for a reference, circumference of the equator of Earth is 40,075KM.
One out of every 10 international voice calls goes through their cables. 70% of the mobile carriers in the world are connected to their network.
Even today, less than 1% traffic(voice, internet, everything) goes through satellites, the remaining 99% still relies on the cable system. The internet which you use in your phone connects to the cell tower and then the cell tower is typically connected to an ISP through fiber optic cable under the tower.   [3]
Their cables in India
They have cable landing stations in Mumbai, Kochi and Chennai. These are the places at which the international underwater cables reaches India. These are high quality fiber optic cables capable of over 1TB per second.  [4]
Tata communications have so much bandwidth in their Indian landing stations that they have not even turned on some of their cables connecting India. Only about 60% of the cables are in use, the remaining cables are called 'dark fiber'. It is planned to be turned on in the future when demand for internet speed/bandwidth increases!
Image: Their cable crosses Pakistan's land borders to reach Jammu.
Internet costs are generally higher in northern parts of India because they are far away from international landing stations. The latency while accessing international sites is also higher in northern parts of India due to the same reason. (high latency in simple words means slower response time in internet)
Large ships specifically build for this purpose are used to lay the underwater cables. It is usually accompanied by an underwater rover which places the cable on the seabed. It can take years and 1000s of crores worth of investment to complete an international network. Such projects are usually undertaken together by multiple companies and governments.
Tata communications was originally started as VSNL by government of India and was acquired by Tata in 2002- a time when internet and telecommunication was starting to grow in India. They further acquired a Canadian network company Teleglobe in 2005 for $238 Million dollars.
Since, currently most web-servers are located outside the physical boundaries of India, large international bandwidth is used by us to use internet. We should make an effort to make India an ideal location for companies to start their data centers. Currently, all major companies interested in south Asian market are establishing their data centers in Singapore.
Few years ago, the most valuable building of a city was the bank, but now the most valuable buildings are the data centers.
Final thought:- TATA is in every goddamn business 😛
I just wrote another answer discussing about other key players in Indian Network industry. It is a 'must read' if you liked this answer :- Kshitij Salgunan's answer to How is India connected to the internet?

[1] Tier 1 network

[2] Tata Communications

[3] At a Glance

[4] Submarine Cable Networks

What are some mind blowing facts about TATA?

What are the most inspirational success stories ever around the world?

Answer by Michał Stawicki:

Norman Borlaug – THE lives saver
He was a biologist and geneticist who had heard of a problem with wheat in Mexico. A terrible genetic disease was ravaging the wheat crops and Mexico was one catastrophe away from mass starvation. Borlaug worked tirelessly over ten years to solve the wheat problem in Mexico. He had over 6,000 failed attempts at a problem that no one even thought there was a solution for.
How’s that for perseverance?
But not only did he solve the disease problem, he also increased the yield of the individual wheat plants. Mexico went from barely being able to produce enough wheat for a couple small towns to a major exporter of wheat over the next five years.
But Borlaug didn’t stop there. He moved to India and did the same thing. In 1943, four million Indians died in one summer from starvation in Bengal alone. Five years later, Borlaug had at least doubled their yield of wheat.
Once Borlaug had saved both Mexico and India, he moved onto rice in China, and then Africa with a variety of other crops.
Norman Borlaug has saved more lives than anyone who has ever lived, but you’ve probably never heard of him. And you’ve probably never heard of his work, especially if you live in the United States. He is the only person to ever have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor.
Over his career, Borlaug saved a billion lives. A BILLION!!!
Those lives were saved because Borlaug saw a problem and set out to fix it, even though no one could even fathom an answer. He took his knowledge and his ability to think outside of the box plus a massive dose of perseverance and saved the world from starvation.
This is one of the stories from my book "99 Perseverance Success Stories"

What are the most inspirational success stories ever around the world?

What are some good short stories?

Answer by Mike Schoultz:

Here is a real story told to me by a teacher friend of mine.
I like to network with school teachers, because they often have great stories to tell about incidents in the classroom and what they learn from students. The following story came from one of those school teachers.
In this story, a class of students was asked to list what they thought were the current ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. While there were certainly some differences in the lists created, the following received the most votes:
Egypt’s Great Pyramids
The Taj Mahal
Grand Canyon
Panama Canal
Empire State Building
St. Peter’s Basilica
The Great Wall of China
While gathering the student lists, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the young girl if she was having trouble creating her list.
The girl replied:  Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.
The teacher told her:  Well tell us what you have and maybe we can help.
The girl hesitated and then read her list to the class:
To see
To hear
To touch
To taste
To feel
To laugh
And to love
The classroom got so quiet that you could have heard a pin drop.
The things we overlook as too simple and ordinary are the easiest to take for granted, aren’t they?
Yet they are truly the most wondrous of all!

What are some good short stories?

What are the most common life mistakes young people make?

Answer by James Altucher:

Snoop Dogg says he wants to be CEO of Twitter. This sounds ridiculous but maybe it isn't.

I'll tell you why in a second.

But first: common life mistakes young people make:


What opinion can you possibly have? Global warming? Ok, good luck changing the world. War? Ok, good luck stopping the $200 billion defense lobbying industry from having war.

She/He should treat me better! Again…good luck.

People say to me, "if everyone thought like you then the world would be a mess."

Oh really? I have one word to say back (which breaks my later statement about defending myself).


4.5 million tons of manure were being dropped on the streets of Manhattan in 1890, EVERY YEAR, by horses carrying people to work.

That was the big environmental problem of the day. "NYC will be buried in horse manure by 1950!" screamed the headlines.

It doesn't matter what your opinion about this was. None of the people living in NY solved the problem despite the 1000s of opinions.

People with passion for mechanics in Detroit made something called a car.

Problem solved.

Do what YOU love to do today. Surrender to the results. The more you surrender, the more results there will be.

The way you solve the world's problems is to solve your problems. Then trust.


You realize there are 8.7 million different species on the planet. Do you think the trillions of members of all of them were put on this Earth with a special purpose? Like they have to be an opera singer. Or solve a hard math problem?

There's 1000 different species (species, not individual organisms, which are around 10,000,000) living on your body right now. 80 in your mouth. So you better shut up.

The last part of our body to evolve was our pre-frontal cortex, which allows us to adapt to different environments. No other species has one.

This let us move from hot Africa to cold Alaska and every place in between.
But it also is the part of our body that makes us think we have a special purpose.

Our own unique little, private purpose which will win us awards and acclaim and make us feel better.

We don't.

But I understand you feel that way if you are young.

So here's the solution and it works and can be applied at any age: get good at three or four or give things.

Then find the intersection.

Then become the best in the world at the intersection. That's how you can pretend to do your special purpose.

When I say "get good" it doesn't mean 10,000 hours of practice with intent.
Maybe it means 1000 hours. Or even less.

Then if you get good at 5 things you've now the only one in the world who has put 1000s of hours into the intersection.

Now you're the best in the world at that.


You really don't have to talk as much as you do.

The average human says 10,000 words a day. Maybe cut that in half. Or say nothing.

I tried saying nothing for a whole day the other day. It's hard. But it felt like magic when I finally spoke again. I valued every word that came out of my mouth.

But try to talk less when you're young and know nothing.

Like when you're 19 years old and you want to talk about the status of your relationship.

There is no status. You're 19.

Guess what. Even if you're 50 you don't need to talk about it. Treat the other person nice. Then your status will be good.

If you hit the person you are living with then your status won't be good.
Talking won't do anything.

This holds for most things.

Listen to me.

Or better yet, just listen.


The average person has 14 careers. And that number is probably going up.

My careers have been: academia, computer programmer, writer, "web series creator", CEO of a web design company, day trader, hedge fund manager, writer about finance, venture capitalist, book writer, speaker, internet entrepreneur (made a website that got popular), deal maker, self-improvement blogger and book writer, podcaster, and a few more I'd rather not say because they are either horribly embarrassing or might get me into legal trouble.

Young people say, "I don't know what I want to do when I grow up." Or "I want to be a doctor".

These two statements have a 99% chance of being wrong.

I got an email a few weeks ago: "I'm a nurse and I have $210,000 in student loan debt and now I don't even want to be a nurse. What should I do?"

I don't know. You're probably screwed.


"I need to look good (or have a good job), to meet a boyfriend/girlfriend."
"I need to have a million dollars before I can write a novel and relax".
"I need to go to travel the world to get life experience."
"I need to do what my parents say."
"I need to go to go a gym to get healthy".

Here's the reality that many people don't get.

There are many paths to that mysterious "Y". Don't assume you know what they are.

I told my daughter something the other day. I said, "you know that quote I always tell you?"

She said, "Ugh. 'There's always a good reason and a real reason'."

"Ok, I'm going to tell you another one.

'There's always a back door.' "

"What does that even mean," she said. We were walking around Washington Square Park. She was looking with envy at all the college students walking around. I think she wants to be one.

"It's ok if you don't know what it means," I said. "I can't explain it. Just don't assume the front door is the only way to enter something you want."

Right now Snoop Dogg is saying he wants to be the CEO of Twitter.

That's never going to happen. But he can say it can. And then maybe it will. Who knows?

I'm sure he's said 1000 ridiculous things in his life. And you know what? 1% of them have happened and have created an amazing life for him.

The rest of us don't say any of these ridiculous things. So nothing ridiculous and amazing happens to us.


"If I don't go to college I can't get a job"
"If I don't get a house, I won't have roots. I'll waste money on rent."
"If I don't have money, I won't be able to buy anything. People won't like me."

Society is very powerful. We get 2500 media messages a day telling us our Dos and our Dont's.

All 2500 of those message are wrong. How do I know? Because people wouldn't have to pay to show you those messages if they are right.

They know the messages are wrong so they pay to put them in front of you.

If you believe the messages then you would think you can join the army, and either A) choose to go to war or B) go hiking and learn computer programming at the same time.

You can't.

(the real army)

Don't let the media messages program your brain.

Don't let the media messages predict the future. Because it's a fake future.


Young people think they can't leave.

How many times did I spend an extra year in a relationship, or a city, or a job, or a school, because I was afraid to leave.

Afraid I had the power to truly hurt someone with my decision.

You can get up and leave right now if you are not happy or if you want to do something new.


In the next 60 years, a lot of people are going to hate you.

In fact, the more people you try to help, the more people will hate you. I don't know why this rule exists but it does.

For every ten people you help, one person will hate you. And you will want to defend, to explain, to argue, to respond back.

You can't change their mind. They are going to hate you no matter what. They are going to try and get in your head so you wake up thinking about them.

Delete them. Delete their comments, their emails, their connections to you, any contact you have with them. You can't change them. You can change YOU to not care.

The more haters you have, it means you will have 10 times the number of people who love you but are silent.

When they offend, don't defend.

Don't forget one thing:

You are the coach of your future self. You are the only coach of your future self.

Everything that happens in your future is a direct result of what you do today.

I've made a lot of money and lost it miserably and got scared and depressed and cheated and ran and hurt and cried and was suicidal.
None of that helped my future self.

Here's what did, when I was at my lowest and darkest moments. When I had the pills right in front of me. When my kids were asleep in their bedrooms and the night kept ticking away in my brain, refusing to let me sleep, refusing to stop my heart from racing in panic.

I took a walk every day.

I stopped dealing with the people who I felt bad around. This was very very painful to me. But better that then dying. Or defending.

 I spent more time with the people who I felt good to be around.

I started reading every day. Only 40% of people who graduate college ever read a book again. If you are in the 60% you are 1000x ahead of everyone else.

I started writing down 10 ideas a day. Then I started sending ideas to people, without expectation back, with the hopes that the ideas would help people.

I forced myself to practice being grateful for everything I had. Two arms. Two daughters. A friend. Then two friends. Then three.

The more grateful you are, the more you attract things to be grateful for.

And by doing so, all the mistakes I made in my youth started to change.

What are the most common life mistakes young people make?