10×10 Weekly Digest

Welcome to Crystal’s 10×10 Weekly Digest. Inspired by a close friend to spread knowledge and to spark conversations, 10×10 is a weekly email I send out containing 10 articles for 10 friends (the number of friends being more of a guideline than a steadfast rule). My hope is that more of you will start creating your own 10x10s and we can all be a part of this wonderful information-sharing force and make the world a more educated, multi-perspective place. Happy reading!

(Note: The 10x10s I post on my blog are from the previous week’s email to maintain a certain degree of “special-ness” to those I email the digest to directly.)

1) The Daily Texan: In midst of college experience, students shouldn’t forget about the world beyond our borders, Jeremi Suri

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a weekly column on foreign policy from Suri.

2) Forbes: Why Has The Texas Economy Outperformed? A Surprising Answer from Paul Krugman, Bob McTeer

In today’s Dallas Morning News, which is probably a reprint from the New York Times, Krugman’s article opens with ‘being nice to the rich not why Sunbelt is booming.’ Doesn’t it always come down to that old red herring, the rich?

3) Psychology Today: A Giving Spirit in Business and Love Spells Success, Rita Watson

Many of us were raised with the charitable notion that “it is better to give than to receive.” Recently the Biblical concept was tested scientifically to look at the world of givers and takers.

4) The New York Times: A Look Inside the Protein Bar, Cereal Monk

Protein is the hot ingredient of the moment in processed foods, joining the terms organic and low-fat as a major selling point to pitch to health-conscious shoppers. While carbohydrates and many fats are still widely regarded as suspect, protein is being proudly added to products throughout the grocery store, especially the snack aisle, which has made way for a new star: the protein bar. But a closer look shows that its blessings are mixed.

5) Rogers Family Company: Which Is Better For Your Brain? Beer Or Coffee? You’ll Never Guess., Chris Swift

By now most of us know that we can alter the brain with the consumption of certain beverages. Sometimes the altered state is good and can lead to something great (GENIUS IDEA) and some are bad (POOR CHOICES). So when it comes to beer & coffee, which is better for your brain? First let’s learn a little about the brain.

6) LinkedIn: 7 People You Need in Your Life, Dr. Richard Osibanjo

#1- The Sage – This is code word for mentor. Mentors are people who have been where you want to go. They offer you invaluable wisdom and experience that will help you achieve your goals quicker. Mentors can help you expand your horizon. Everyone needs mentors in both their personal and professional lives.

7) Movoto: These Are The 10 Snobbiest Cities in America, Natalie Grigson

When you look up the word “snobby,” you basically get a whole lot of other words that boil down to one primary sentiment: Snobby people think they’re better than you.

8) LinkedIn: Leadership Lessons Begin At Home, Richard Branson

Social situations, educational institutions and the workplace have a great sway on who we are as people, however we most commonly derive inspiration and character-shaping qualities from our home environments – whether we realise it or not. I am most definitely who I am today because of my parents.

9) Thought Catalog: 23 Things Only People Who Love Spending Time Alone Will Understand, Tim Hoch

14. When you do hang out with people, you prefer seeing them one on one or in a small group. The more intimate and deep the conversation, the better.

10) New York Magazine: Pinterest Accidentally Congratulates Single Women on Getting Married, Jessica Roy

Internet companies like to think they know us better than we know ourselves, and in some cases — like the time Target figured out a girl was pregnant before her father did — it’s true. Mostly, though, they fail miserably. Like the time Pinterest sent emails to a bunch of single women congratulating them on being engaged.

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