The secret behind Kobe Bryant’s insane levels of energy


Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all times. He won 5 NBA championships in his career. But when he was 12 years old, he had a crisis moment. Bryant’s father and uncle were both national basketball players themselves. And so, Bryant loved the game from a very early age. To develop his skills, 12 year old Bryant enrolled in a summer basketball camp in...

Why do Jews win a high proportion of the Nobel prizes?


Did you know that even though the Jewish people make just 0.2% of the world population, they have earned 24% of the Nobel prizes in the field of science and medicine? Or that while 12.9% of Americans are immigrants, 45% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by them? Is it that some groups of people are naturally more talented than others? Two Princeton economists Stacy Dale and Alan Kreuger...

The girl who felt no pain


Imagine not being able to feel pain. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?Gabby Gingras is a girl who feels no pain. When she was one day old, and a nurse drew some blood from her, she didn’t even move. Most babies would howl.Gabby is born with a very very rare nerve disorder that prevents pain sensations from reaching her brain.When Gabby was teething, she chewed her fingers so hard that it drew blood. But...

How to make new friends


Dr. Mitja Back of the University of Leipzig conducted an interesting experiment on his psychology students once. On the first day of class, all 54 of his students are assigned random seats as soon as they enter the class room. Then when class begins, they are asked to introduce themselves one-by-one. The rest of the class has to rate the student who introduces herself on two scales: how much they...

The Curse Of Knowledge (Or How You Can Become Better At Communication)


Elizabeth Newton is a behavorial psychologist. In 1990, she conducts an experiment. She gathers people and divides them into 2 groups. The first group are the “tappers” while the second group are the “listeners.” The tappers are given a list of common songs like “Happy Birthday to You.” Their task is to tap their knuckles on a table to the rhythm of the song in their head. The listeners are...

How Can You Use The Malcolm McLean Strategy To Disrupt An Industry


Chances are you’ve not heard of Malcolm McLean. But he single handedly changed the world. McLean was one of seven children born in 1913 to farming parents in North Carolina, USA. He was entrepreneurial from the very beginning and earned his first dollar selling eggs while still in school. After high school, he worked at a gas station until he had saved enough money to buy a second hand lorry to...

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