What You Need to Know Today: May 13

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7 books worth more than an MBA. It’s becoming clear why an MBA is “not what it used to be,” you can read about all that’s wrong here. More importantly, if your goal is to earn a higher salary, your time and money is better spent reading these 7 classics.

The best career advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech. “Follow your passion” is bad advice. “Do what you’re good at” is better. But the best career advice you’ll never hear in a commencement address is “Do something valuable,” which is what William MacAskill writes about here. If you want to hear some of the best career advice ever given in a commencement address, click here.


New cooking app looks delicious. One way to save time, money, and your health is to plan meals and prep them a week in advance. In theory, the idea sounds grand but in reality meal-prepping presents hurdles. A common problem meal-preppers face is doubling, tripling, or quadrupling recipes. Fit Men Cook is a new app that does all the work for you.

Personal Development

“What began in 19th-century France as a popular parlor game among the bourgeois crowd…”  In ‘93 Vanity Fair introduced the The Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire as a way of learning more about famous people of the last 50 years. Here’s a look at 31 fascinating answers to questions about life, happiness, fear and more.


Who said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat?”

Click here for answer.

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