Weekly choice, by peers

What Men Can Do to Help Women Advance Their Careers

“Once upon a time — say, maybe 50 years ago — there was undeniably a mindset among many men who, for a variety of reasons, firmly believed that women could never make it in their world. These days are now long past. Most men — or at least most of the ones I encounter — are firmly committed to advancing the careers of women around them. So here, humbly submitted, are five simple things that men can do to help women advance in their careers and their lives.”

http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/11/what-men-can-do-to-help-women-advance-their-careers/

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When Your Friend’s Happy News Fills You with Envy Instead of Joy

“It’s not that you’re a bad person. You really want to feel happy for your friend. You really want to get rid of these feeling of envy. But in the moment, you just can’t. (…) At first glance it may seem like the person who made you envious is the source of your envy. However, if you dig a little deeper, you may realize that the reason you feel envious has little to do with the person who brought out the feelings.”

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/when-your-friends-happy-news-fills-you-with-envy-instead-of-joy/

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TED’s best for the week:

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Power Posing

Amy Cuddy gives a fascinating, research-backed, suggestion for anyone waiting with stress and anticipation for a job interview, a first date or a public speaking event. Her advice is to stand in front of a mirror, put your hands on your hips, tilt your chin up, and make yourself as tall as you can get. Or even better: throw your arms up and out. In her lab, Cuddy founds that “power posing” for two minutes was enough to increase testosterone levels and decrease cortisol, making people feel more in control. In other words, the way you pose your body can change how you feel about yourself.

http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

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Person of the week! Nikola Tesla, the genius who lit the world

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) was born in Smiljan, Lika, which was then part of  the Austo-Hungarian Empire, region of Croatia. He studied at the Realschule, Karlstadt in 1873, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and the University of Prague. Young Nikola came to the United States in 1884 with an introduction letter from Charles Batchelor to Thomas Edison: “I know two great men,” wrote Batchelor, “one is you and the other is this young man.” Tesla spent the next 59 years of his productive life living in New York.

Nikola Tesla symbolizes a unifying force and inspiration for all nations in the name of peace and science. He was a true visionary far ahead of his contemporaries in the field of scientific development. He was a trained electrical and mechanical engineer and one of the most influential inventors of the 20th century. Eventually holding over 700 patents, Tesla worked in a number of fields, including electricity, robotics, radar, and wireless transmission of energy. Tesla’s discoveries laid the groundwork for many of the 20th century’s technological advances.

http://www.freedomtek.org/en/texts/nikola_tesla_interview_1899.php

Nikola-Tesla-2“The world will wait a long time for Nikola Tesla’s equal in achievement and imagination.”

                                                                                                                                          E.  Armstrong

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Book of the week, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

lolitaLolita isn’t a simple story about the destiny of Humbert Humbert, main character and compelling storyteller, but also story about the tragedy of Dolores Haze. This book represents a fascinating mixture of psychologic novel, romantic love story, pornography, crime, melodrama and perhaps a confession of a culprit. The novel presents a, lucid, ironic, and subjective panorama of North America seen by attentive and critical eyes or the narrator. The protagonist reveals the hypocrisy he sees around him and at times even excuses himself acknowledging his illicit doing in his rare lucid moments.

“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

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