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Six Things I Learnt While Writing My First Book

Writing a book will almost kill you. By the end, you’ll be exhausted, brain dead and filled with a bubbling sense of anxiety. I recently finished up my first book, and here are a few takeaways from the ordeal that can be applied to pretty much any large-scale project.


Learn To Adapt Your App To Any Android Device With This Reference App

If you’re a developer, it may be hard to keep up with all the different Android form factors these days. Watches, cars, Google Cast, phones and tablets all need their own UI and code. So Google built a reference app to show you the ropes.


Build To Learn: Why You Should Make Things Just For The Experience

If you’ve ever built something like an app, you’ll know the buzz that comes from having real users. There’s nothing quite like knowing you helped or entertained another person. So, when you make something just for yourself, it might feel like a step backwards, except for one very good reason: to help you learn.


How To Develop Your Sense Of Humour

Having a good sense of humour makes you more enjoyable to be around. You might also do better at work (as long as you don’t go overboard). If you were cursed with poor timing or a lack of the funnies, here’s how you can develop your sense of humour.


Google CS First Teaches Kids Programming And Computer Science For Free

There are a wealth of ways for kids to learn computer science and programming these days. Add to the mix: Google’s own CS First curriculum, a free program with a variety of themes for all kinds of kids’ interests.


The Surprising Benefits (And Pitfalls) Of Being A 'Jack Of All Trades'

People look down on the multitalented — even the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” has a bit of a negative caveat. But there are a lot hidden perks that come with being a Jack. These are the best reasons you might want to reconsider the notion that a Jack of All Trades can’t be equally as successful.


When Experimenting With Productivity Tips, Try Just One At A Time

There are so many great productivity strategies out there, sometimes it’s tempting to try many of them at once. However, for more effective results, try one tip at a time.


What Necessary Adult Skills Were You Never Taught Growing Up?

When you’re young, you spend most of your time getting an education to help prepare you for being an adult. And yet some things slip through the cracks. What weren’t you taught that you think you should have?


Form 'Creative Circles' Instead Of A Single Mentor For More Guidance

You probably know that working with a mentor is important to your career development. However, it can be a real challenge to find the perfect mentor and ask them to help you. Make the search easier on yourself by forming a “creative circle” from your peer network rather than seeking out a single person to guide you.


Talent Does Not Decide Whether You Succeed

It can be easy to ground ourselves with the notion that we don’t have — or weren’t born with — the talent to succeed. While some people may naturally have the upper hand in some skilsets, being successful at something really comes down to dedicating yourself to develop and master skills. Talent is just a starting point.