How to Take Eleventy Billion Years to Write a Book

Can You Learn to be Lucky?

Step 1: Live in Buenos Aires for a few years. Miss everyone terribly. Move back to Portland, Oregon… at the height of the Great Recession. Step 2: Have trouble getting a job. Be broke. Feel awkward reaching out to people. Live annoyingly far away. Don’t have a car. Get really depressed. Step 3: Start missing…

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Why do child prodigies fail to live up to expectations?

Last week at a dinner party, everyone realized they had one thing in common: when we were young, people had predicted great things for us. And then… we’d petered out, only to become normal, disappointing adults. Why? We can pick up a few clues from How Children Succeed by Paul Tough: Being praised for effort…

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