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A more eclectic mix this week due to travel - hope you enjoy!

My recommendations for this week:

1. This Tom Hanks Story Will Help You Feel Less Bad Link
2. Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore Link
3. A 5,000-year-old mindfulness technique might help you make fewer mistakes Link
4. How to Build Self Esteem Link
5. The Science Is Extremely Clear: You Need to Prioritize Sleep Link
6. How a simple if/then ritual can help you overcome obstacles and achieve your goals Link
7. The Only Thing You Can’t Subscribe to Now Is Stability Link
8. 33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect Link
9. Always Be Squinching and Other Tricks From a Portrait Photographer for Taking Flattering Pictures Link
10. Portrait of Lotte - if you have kids, you will LOVE this Link

Have a great week!

Onward! - Rahim
 
What's Amazing
 
1. Gattaca Babies
Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called “23andMe, but on embryos.” The company says it can use DNA measurements to predict which embryos from an IVF procedure are least likely to end up with any of 11 different common diseases. In the next few weeks it's set to release case studies on its first clients.  Link
2. Best of 2019
The roundup lists and prediction lists are coming. This is a great summary of some of the best fitness gadgets, with a few you have probably not heard of  Link
3. So influential
Most UK consumers believe the BBC, Amazon, Google and social media influencers have zero credibility, according to Mindshare’s Power to the People report, which also found that 70% of the public believe brands should not get away with virtue-signalling unless it is backed with behaviour. Link
4. Singles Day
As you get ready for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I'd recommend reading this excellent article about SIngles Day. As my readers in China know, this is a scale bigger than any Black Friday sale. Even if you're not single.  Link
5. Replacing our Phones with Glasses
Most of the biggest names in Big Tech are racing to create smart glasses that we wear everywhere and that may replace our phones. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Snap, Facebook Apple, Magic Leap and others are all working on some form of smart glasses or headset that will change how we view the world around us. Instead of pulling a phone out of our pockets to talk to people or interact with apps, we may do these things simply by speaking to, and looking through, a set of glasses. Link
6. Pointless work meetings 'really a form of therapy'
We've all been in those meetings which could have been an email, but it turns out that meetings are more than for information, working things out or getting consensus.  Link
7. Ready for the WIkipedia Social Network?
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales thinks he can create a better social network. Called WT:Social, the network has no financial association with Wikipedia, but operates on a similar business model: donations, not advertising. WT:Social went live last month and is currently nearing 50,000 users. The company is rolling out access slowly; when I signed up, I was approximately number 28,000 on the waitlist. Alternatively, you can pay 13 bucks a month or 100 a year to get access right away. Link
8. Adidas & Digital
Lessons to take away from Adidas’ global media director admitting that focusing on efficiency not effectiveness had led the brand to over-invest in digital advertising...  Link
9. Meet Offworld
“The company envisions a future in which millions of smart robots work together using swarm intelligence ‘on and offworld’ to build the infrastructure of tomorrow. Long term, they even imagine the possibility of using the robots to mine for materials which could be used to build new chips ‘with zero reliance on terrestrial supply’.” Link
10. Best Trends of 2019
This is a phenomenal List. Read it. And be inspired.  Link
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