Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2011 | Glassdoor Blog»

My favorite:

Just entertain me for five minutes, I’m not going to talk.

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What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really? | NeuroTribes»


Kobun Chino Otogawa, Steve Jobs’ Zen teacher.

Isaacson does a fine job of showing how Jobs’ engagement with Buddhism was more than just a lotus-scented footnote to a brilliant Silicon Valley career. As a young seeker in the ’70s, Jobs didn’t just dabble in Zen, appropriating its elliptical aesthetic as a kind of exotic cologne. He turns out to have been a serious, diligent practitioner who undertook lengthy meditation retreats at Tassajara — the first Zen monastery in America, located at the end of a twisting dirt road in the mountains above Carmel — spending weeks on end “facing the wall,” as Zen students say, to observe the activity of his own mind.

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My Daughter Home At Last – Response to I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay»

I called my daughter immediately and when she picked up she sounded very defensive. I couldn’t talk I was just started sobbing into the phone. I finally just said “Janey I am so sorry for everything. I love you so much. I want you in my life and I want the people you love in my life too. Please come home.” She just was quiet forever and she only replied “dad you really hurt me and I don’t want to be hurt anymore.” This was the last straw for me I had a complete meltdown and began bawling. It was right then that the reality of my actions really sank in and I couldn’t get a word out except to say I’m sorry. This got her to crying on the other end of the phone and eventually we were both just silent for a really long time.

When I could finally talk I told her that it doesn’t matter what I believe is right or wrong. She already knows what my religion believes and me ever mentioning it again would not happen. Only love I told her. Only love. Only love.

So three days ago we got together for the first time and we have spent a lot of time together every day since. She brought her partner over the second time this morning and her partner is one of the most unbelievable people I have ever met. This makes me sad because for so long I would have hated her (yes I said hate) just for who she was and the threat I felt she was to my daughter’s ticket into heaven. It’s only been three days but forgiveness has been given by both sides and the relationship we once had has come back full swing.

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The Passion Trap: How the Search for Your Life’s Work is Making Your Working Life Miserable»

The Passion Trap

The more emphasis you place on finding work you love, the more unhappy you become when you don’t love every minute of the work you have.

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Does Living a Remarkable Life Require Courage or Effort?

An Economic Model of the Unconventional Life

Let’s start by defining our terms. I think we can more or less agree on the following definition of a remarkable life:

A remarkable life is one in which: (1) you do something meaningful that you enjoy; (2) you have a flexible schedule that you control; and (3) you earn recognition and good (enough) compensation.

The question at hand is how one constructs such a life. My argument is that this outcome can be understood as a reward. That is, society will reward you with a remarkable life if and only if you can offer in return a useful and rare service. This is a basic economic argument: A remarkable life, as defined above, is very appealing and valuable. To earn it, therefore, requires the contribution of something valuable in return.

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Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science»

Myth 1: Left-Brained People Are Organized, Right-Brained People Are Creative

Myth 2: Your Memory Is An Exact Account of What You See and Experience

Myth 3: You Only Use 10% of Your Brain

Myth 4: Alcohol Kills Brain Cells

Myth 5: The Internet Is Making Us Dumber

Myth 6: Listening to Classical Music Turns Babies into Geniuses

Myth 7: Brain Games Make You Smarter

Myth 8: Your IQ Is Fixed and Stays the Same Throughout Your Life

Myth 9: Your Brain Works Better Under Pressure

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If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers»

  • The average players are working just as many hours as the elite players (around 50 hours a week spent on music),
  • but they’re not dedicating these hours to the right type of work (spending almost 3 times less hours than the elites on crucial deliberate practice),
  • and furthermore, they spread this work haphazardly throughout the day. So even though they’re not doing more work than the elite players, they end up sleeping less and feeling more stressed. Not to mention that they remain worse at the violin.

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THE HISTORY OF TAXES: Here’s How High Today’s Rates Really Are

And taxes stayed pretty much just that way for the next 15 years, until the early 1960s. Importantly, this was one of the most successful eras in US economic history. The middle class boomed, the economy boomed, and the stock market boomed. And all with the top marginal income tax rate over 90%. This suggests that the Republican mantra about high marginal tax rates killing the economy is, well, a bunch of crap.


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No, Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs Do Not ‘Create Jobs’ By Inventing Products Like The iPhone

Entrepreneurs and investors are very important to our economy. They keep the economy vibrant and nimble, and they help the “gale of creative destruction” that creates innovation and progress and wealth and allows the economy to remain competitive. And they deserve credit for that.

But we are all in this together.

And what “creates” most of the jobs in our economy is the healthy economic ecosystem, not one privileged part of it. Without healthy potential customers, in other words, entrepreneurs and investors can’t do jack.

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Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs | Daily Ticker – Yahoo! Finance

Now, of course entrepreneurs are an important part of the company-creation process. And so are investors, who risk capital in the hope of earning returns. But, ultimately, whether a new company continues growing and creates self-sustaining jobs is a function of customers’ ability and willingness to pay for the company’s products, not the entrepreneur or the investor capital. Suggesting that “rich entrepreneurs and investors” create the jobs, therefore, Hanauer observes, is like suggesting that squirrels create evolution.
(Or, to put it even more simply, it’s like saying that a seed creates a tree. The seed does not create the tree. The seed starts the tree. But what creates the tree is the combination of the DNA in the seed and the soil, sunshine, water, atmosphere, nutrients, and other factors that nurture it. Plant the seed in an inhospitable environment, and it won’t create anything. It will die.)

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