Most of us don’t really like small talk. It’s hard to keep it engaging, and it often feels like filler while we wait for something else to happen. Sometimes, we even get to the point where it’s so boring we just mirror our responses. Over at TED, writers Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker show how to break that mirror.
In a recent commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management, actor and comedian Jim Carrey spoke about failure, fear and why you should pursue something that you love.
Jerry Seinfeld appears to like giving advice during Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. In his first AMA earlier this year, he disclaimed responsibility for the Seinfeld productivity method and explained the value of meditation. In his second AMA appearance last week, he talked about the value of persistence, the best way to approach celebrities and how to efficiently allocate time during the day.
Here at Lifehacker, we may not always look to musical acts for our productivity tips (although there are exceptions), but Kanye West might have just summed up the entire point of lifehacking in general. Speaking to GQ, Kanye West dropped a number of memorable quotes.
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, was a highly productive man and no stranger to great quotes. In his book Zen in the Art of Writing, Bradbury explains why we find ourselves hating work and what leads to our desire to be productive all the time.