In nature, species evolve with the environment, adapting to change rather than anticipating it. So why are humans so intent on trying to predict the future? Life moves fast enough that it's usually not foresight that counts, but rather, how well you respond to being in a state of constant flux.
"The only institution in life where you get time off for good behavior is prison. In most jobs or most careers, the better you are at it; the more you’re sucked into it," says Nathan Myhrvold. Myhrvold has been an inventor, the CTO of Microsoft, an amateur paleontologist, a prize-winning photographer, and a respected chef. His life is a case study in all the ways the passionate pursuit of knowledge can lead to success. Reflecting on his long and varied career, the contemporary renaissance man argues that self-determination is more important and ultimately more satisfying than momentary security.
But sometimes, we need to relax. Margaret Moore, a coach at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, gives practical advice for coping with the information overload that is an inevitable by-product of our modern, connected world. She teaches you how to survive the barrage and enjoy yourself (no deep breathing required).