How To Choose Ethical Running Shoes And Gear

Look at your current pair of running shoes. No doubt they’re made with a lot of plastic and synthetic materials. And do you know where they’re made, and by whom? When you’re buying new running shoes every year, it pays to know where they come from and how they’re made. I’ve collected a bunch of...


The Science Behind Interval Training

After 20 minutes or so of running, I tend to get into a rhythm where each step blends into the others. If you run a lot, you’re probably used to this. There’s a particular point in a run, probably different for everyone, where you hit your stride and stop thinking so hard about what you’r...


Saying ‘No’ Won’t Ruin Your Career — This Award-Winner Proves It

You might recognize Peter Dinklage from his Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Though it seems obvious that he would be winning awards for a great role like this now, Peter’s career trajectory was a lot less certain when he started out. Rocky beginnings As much as he’d...



Bubbles From The Wire Proves the Importance of Authentic Work

It’s not unusual for actors to practice acceptance speeches for awards they haven’t won yet, dreaming of the peer acceptance and industry-wide respect that inevitably comes with an Emmy, BAFTA or Oscar award. Andre Royo, well-known for his portrayal of drug addict Bubbles on The Wire, is one such actor. He felt that Baltimore was...


Three lessons from the secret life of Houdini you didn’t know about

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the name Houdini? Unless you’ve researched his life, it’s probably his famous feats of escaping from seemingly impossible situations. Getting out of a straightjacket, handcuffs or a sealed box underwater is pretty memorable stuff, after all. I was surprised to find that there was...


How Dr Seuss Overcame Creative Blocks

If you’ve read any of Dr Seuss’s books, you probably won’t be surprised to find that he was fond of being silly and using his imagination. In fact, he used these techniques to overcome one of the most difficult things artists face: creative blocks. Few people outside his inner circles of friends and family knew...


A brilliant story of chasing your dreams when people say it’s impossible

Is there anything more heart-warming than a story of someone who chased an impossible dream and managed to catch it? This TED talk by filmmaker Martin Villeneuve is one of those stories. Martin wanted to make a futuristic scifi film set in Montréal, but he didn’t have the funding to get it done. This is...


How an awkward, lonely kid grew up to make the world feel beautiful

It doesn’t take much to start something great. Matthew Hoffman is proof of that. He started the You Are Beautiful project ten years ago with just 100 simple stickers. Each one was printed with the message “you are beautiful.” Matthew and his friends stuck them up around their locals areas. After that, he set u...


Nikola Tesla and the Power of Persistence

If you’re wondering whether persistence pays off, this story should prove just how much you can achieve if you don’t give up. After all, as Babe Ruth said: It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Nikola Tesla’s story covers more struggles, hurdles and frustration than many of us would put up with,...