Archives for June 4, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gives Great Advice In Harvard Commencement Speech

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address to the class of 2017 at Harvard University. He himself only got his honorary degree from Harvard this year. He actually dropped out of the university in his sophomore year in 2005.

Zuckerberg began his speech by saying, “If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard.”

Zuckerberg, though, delivered one hell of a speech. Here are our favorite parts:

1. “My best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla [his wife]. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to ‘see me.’ Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: ‘I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.'”

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2. “Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.”

3. “Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.”

4. “Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says ‘everyone,’ we mean everyone in the world.”

5. “We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.”

6. Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity. But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week—that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.”

7. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small—with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this—your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.”

Watch Zuckerberg deliver his full speech below:

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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Do You Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day for Great Skin?

There are two kinds of doctors. One scribbles prescriptions and may say little else. The other spends a good chunk of time talking about healthy alternatives because he does not wish you to rely on drugs alone. Dr. Howard Murad is the second kind, a dermatologist who gives equal importance to both face creams and lifestyle choices.

Murad has created a world-famous skincare line, researched water retention in cells, and promoted overall health in the book Conquering Cultural Stress. After years of clinical trials and case studies, he has also debunked conventional beauty advice and promoted his own findings.

Lesson 1: Eight glasses of water a day for hydrated skin is a “sham.”

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In his book, Murad cites a study by the National Research Council that recommends 2.5 liters of water a day. This information became oft-cited in media and espoused by physicians. But the second clause was left out: Most of this amount can be found in food items, such as fruits and vegetables. For Murad, it is better to “eat your water” than rely purely on a jug of water for those 2.5 liters. The water in fruits and vegetables has nutrients, and stays longer in the cells.

Lesson 2: Sitting all day is bad for the health.
Think only smokers are doing all-day damage to their bodies? Spending most of your day sitting may come close. Circulation is slower when you are seated. This means that “feel-good brain chemicals aren’t pumping as fast.” To aid circulation, dedicate work breaks for walking.

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Lesson 3: Some fruits and vegetables are better bought organic.


Pesticide content is high when these fruits and vegetables are not grown organically: apples, celery, cherries, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, peppers, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries.

Lesson 4: Good health and skin depends on how much water your cells can retain.
Amino acids, glucosamines, essential fatty acids, lecithin, and antioxidants make the cell lining strong and prevent water from seeping out. Remember these five ingredients when starting a new, healthy diet or consulting with a nutritionist.

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Lesson 5: Four days of cellphone use is equivalent to 20 minutes of exposure to the sun.

Even the digital life can have unpleasant effects on the skin. Murad recommends having one unplugged day a week. Think of it as an invigorating treat for your mind, too.

Lesson 6: That said, Murad still recommends sticking to a four-step topical routine.

The conventional advice still stands: Cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize every morning and night.


Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector

Make sure that your skin is “soft and pliable a half hour after you wash your face.” If your cleanser leaves your skin dry, change it. A toner returns your skin to a pH level that helps repel bacteria, so don’t skip this step. Apply repair products such as retinoids and antioxidant creams before the moisturizer. In the morning, wear a moisturizer with SPF even if you are acne-prone. Those with oily skin may need more intervention. Use Murad’s MattEffect Blotting Perfector to set your liquid foundation after moisturizing. It can also absorb midday oil without erasing your makeup.

Murad is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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