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Twofer Tuesday: On Slacking Off & Doing Good

When I came across the two articles for this week’s Twofer, I couldn’t help but smile. I hope you’ll feel the same way when you read them. The first offers a great reason to reconsider the notion that a gruelling workday is the only productive workday, while the second serves as a reminder that there are good people doing everyday good things in this world.

Secret to Success: Work Better, Not Longer

Looking to break new ground, innovate and generally leave a lasting mark on the world? Here’s a tip: Slow down!

Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, mathematician Henri Poincaré and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman all achieved great success in their fields. And they did so without beating out 80-hour workweeks.

Their secret lies not only in how they worked but also in how they rested — and how the two are connected.

Read: Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too

Behind the Mask: Uncovering Our True Characters

Have you ever heard the expression “Always put your best foot forward”? I was reminded of that saying when I read this smart and touching New York Times essay about the rewards that can come from good behaviour, even when you think no one is watching.

More important than unexpected rewards, though, is that we carry out simple acts of generosity because it’s the right thing to do.

Character is revealed by how we treat people who lack power and how we act when we think there’s nothing to gain. So show your face, and let it be the face of kindness.

Read: Check This Box If You’re a Good Person

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