Category Archives: Inspiration

The Habits of the World’s Smartest People

There is no one picture of intelligence, but many people with high IQs do tend to share some of the same habits — both good and bad. For example, according to research complied by, while those with high IQs tend to set goals and read avidly, they are also more likely to drink more heavily and suffer from anxiety.

For more on the habits of smart people, including a look at the IQs of icons such as Albert Einstein and Bill Gates, check out the infographic above.


You earn how much?! Breaking the workplace taboo

When Joel Gascoigne launched his start-up, he outlined some founding values of the fledgling company. One of the most important, he stressed, was openness.

But Gascoigne’s commitment to this principle went further than most, and resulted in him implementing a pay program at Buffer – the social media publishing platform he co-founded in 2010 – that breaks the most entrenched of workplace taboos: revealing one’s salary.

Now, rather than clandestinely speculating with colleagues at the water cooler, each employee knows exactly how much their colleagues earn, and Gascoigne is even considering making their salaries public.

“We have run Buffer with a focus on self-improvement since the beginning, where co-workers talk regularly about what they are working on to improve themselves,” he told CNBC. “It’s this openness and transparency which led to salary transparency feeling like simply a natural progression for us.”

via Yahoo Finance.

Alan Watts: What If Money Was No Object?

Alan Watts was profoundly influenced by the East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism, and by Taoist thought, which is reflected in Zen poetry and the arts of China and Japan. After leaving the Church, he never became a member of another organized religion, and although he wrote and spoke extensively about Zen Buddhism, he was criticized by American Buddhist practicioners for not sitting regularly in zazen. Alan Watts responded simply by saying, “A cat sits until it is done sitting, and then gets up, stretches, and walks away.”

via Alan Watts.