This week’s must-reads: Why do some people get ahead and others do not?

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. I hope you enjoy them!

Here Is How to Practice Stillness and Increase Focus (NirandFar)Stillness is this timeless idea that appears in almost every religion and every ancient philosophy.

The Source of Genius (Barnett Talks) The fact that at least some Venture Capitalists are repeatedly successful has created the mystique that there does exist somebody who does know what’s next.

Google has a plan to stop digital distraction (and it’s smarter than Apple’s) (Fast Company) Google’s launch of the Focus Mode app highlights a subtle but important difference in how Google and Apple have approached the issue of digital distraction so far.

America’s Invisible Pot Addicts (The Atlantic) More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use as legalization forges ahead.

Most people are bad at arguing. These 2 techniques will make you better. (Vox) Anyone who has argued with an opinionated relative or friend about immigration or gun control knows it is often impossible to sway someone with strong views.

Is digital distraction as bad as you think it is? (Fast Company) Research tells us that screens are harming our health. But they may not be as bad as what we make them out to be — provided that we use them appropriately.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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