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The Secret of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

by koku_jin
“Together with intelligence, self-control turns out to be the best predictor of a successful and satisfying life.” – Steven Pinker “You frequently mention “setting limits” and I am wondering if you can elaborate. I feel like I am not good at setting limits and my children probably feel like I am unpredictable with what I allow and what sets me off.” — Aurora What does Aurora’s question about setting limits have to do with cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s opinion on self-control? Our children learn self-control from the limits we set. But — and this is critical — only if we […]

Burnout

by koku_jin
Burnout SUCKS. It hit me pretty hard last year, and I thought some readers might appreciate hearing how it affected me, and how I eventually got out of my rut and back to normal. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment. Around the middle of last year, right after tying up a couple of big projects I noticed I was in a rut. I didn’t have my normal motivation or energy levels, and getting stuff done was a real challenge. Living in Argentina, it was winter time, which meant shorter days and less sunlight. For the […]

From Educator to Engineer: How the I/Own It Scholarship Launched my Career in Tech

by koku_jin
Just over a year ago, I closed the door to my classroom for the last time as I wrapped up my sixth and final year as a teacher at an alternative high school in Philadelphia. I was about to take a leap from education to tech, from teacher to software engineer. It would be a big jump. It would be a lot of work. As I closed that door, I didn’t know that I’d be starting as a Software Engineer at Optimizely just one year later because I’d win a scholarship that would catapult me into the technology industry in […]

Best PlayStation VR games: the best PSVR games around

by koku_jin
The PlayStation VR, which works with the PS4 and PS4 Pro, was released nearly three years ago now. When it launched, it was the first good quality virtual reality headset experience you could try at home that didn't need a powerful PC to get it up-and-running. That's changed now with the launch of the Oculus Quest, but the PSVR continues to be the best-selling virtual reality headset on the market.  Sony has always been committed to bringing high-quality games out onto its system, and has done so on hardware that puts entry price at just as an important standing as […]

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump’s Jew-baiting is feature, not bug; crafting a worker-led economy

by koku_jin
Carl Bildt at The Washington Post writes—Trump’s Denmark saga of the absurd: Apart from the surreal theater of the entire thing, and the profoundly insulting behavior toward a long-standing and loyal ally, the issues of Greenland and the Arctic are serious indeed. But it’s certainly not exchanging territories that is the way forward. Greenland is not for sale, and neither is Svalbard or Iceland. Instead, the necessary way forward is developing cooperation between all the stakeholders of this vast and challenging region to address challenges that are common to all of them. And climate change and its effects are by far the […]

Pro gamers in South Korea train for 15 hours a day – here’s what’s involved

by koku_jin
For many, the idea of earning a living as a professional gamer seems like a dream come true. Getting paid to play video games all day, with unlimited access to state-of-the-art gaming rigs and the latest peripherals, certainly sounds amazing on paper, as does the prospect of jet-setting around the globe to compete in international tournaments for big cash prizes. However, the reality is that very few players are cut out for the task, as it requires incredible dedication, determination and perseverance to keep up with the daily demands of a pro gamer's lifestyle.  We all have a favorite game […]

The Productivity Killer: Fundamentals For Fighting Makeshift Marketing With Libby Hall From Unearth [AMP 142]

by koku_jin
CoSchedule surveyed more than 3,000 marketers, and the results are in! Marketers want to publish more, complete everything on time, and prove their value to stakeholders. So, why do some marketers still use single-function tools, multiple platforms, and spreadsheets? These workarounds strangle your productivity and prevent you from reaching your goals. How can you overcome the madness of makeshift marketing? Today’s guest is Libby Hall, vice president of client services at Unearth, a digital public affairs agency. Libby describes how she found success despite makeshift marketing and shares suggestions on team development and project management. [podcast_motor_player] Some of the highlights […]

Influencer Marketing for Small Business: 7 Steps to Finding the Right Influencers (+ Free Templates!)

by koku_jin
When it comes to growing your business on Instagram, influencer marketing has proven to be a huge growth asset. And it’s not just for the mega brands — influencer marketing for small businesses can seriously level-up a campaign, build brand awareness and reach new audiences, without blowing the budget.  But working with influencers on Instagram can seem daunting — not only do you have to find the right influencers for your brand, but you also need to set campaign goals and deadlines, track and measure your success, and manage the budget at the same time! To help you get started, […]

What If Instagram Got Rid of Likes? Plus Even More Social Media What Ifs

by koku_jin
What if you had a magic wand and could make any change you wanted on social media? Quite a question, right? Well, we dove into the many different what if scenarios — both real and imagined — that may shape social media in the months and years to come. We pulled up all the latest news and changes so that you’ll know what to expect next on social. And we also polled the Science of Social Media listeners to see what they’d change on social media if they had a magic wand. Listen to the podcast audio above or keep […]