Grit author Angela Duckworth on working smart versus working too hard, when its okay to pivot, and the impact of tech on grit

Today, in San Francisco, at a gathering of roughly 400 women investors and founders organized by the young AllRaise — a growing group of female funders and founders who aim to accelerate the success of their peers —  we sat down with Angela Duckworth. Ducksworth is a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has gained fame in recent years though a TED talk about grit that has now been viewed more than 15 million times, and a follow-up best-selling book titled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Duckworth’s biggest finding is that though success has many features, including raw intelligence and adaptability, the most crucial ingredient may be hard work over sustained periods of time, or grit. She also maintains that grit is …

Mother among 4 arrested for attempting to sell babies on Instagram

Jakarta (CNN)Indonesian police say they have broken up a child trafficking operation that was allegedly buying and selling babies on Instagram. However, police said they have found evidence that monetary transactions were being carried out. The head of criminal investigation unit in Surabaya’s police force , AKBP Sudamiran, said Tuesday that his team foiled an attempt by a 22-year-old mother, identified as LA, to sell her 11-month-old baby to a buyer in Bali, known as NS, using the messaging service WhatsApp. The baby was allegedly being offered for 15 million rupiah (about $987). The Instagram account was still active early Friday and had more than 700 followers, having been running for about a year. It has since been taken down. …

Feeling the pressure of perfection and self-comparison on Instagram? This book wants to change that.

Image: Daniela Cadore My Instagram Story persona could not be further from the real me.  She’s chill, constantly smiling and laughing, and always living her best life in some far-flung place that looks as if it were built with the ‘gram in mind. To be quite honest with you, I sometimes prefer her to my IRL self.  Scratch the highly-curated veneer of the 2-dimensional version of the life I purport to lead, and you’ll see someone struggling daily with severe anxiety and low self-esteem. This gaping chasm of difference between these two identities became a source of anxiety for me this summer. “Will people be disappointed when they see I’m not as fun as my Instagram self?” I worried as …

Sex, taboos and #MeToo – in the country with no word for ‘vagina’

Burmese doctor is changing attitudes to womens rights and sexual health Theres a hpou (a childs toy), tayat ywa (mango leaf) and mout paung (sweets). Pausing in her list of euphemisms, Dr Thet Su Htwe leans in to the microphone. And even samosa, she adds. At this, the rapt audience of young women gathered at her workshop shrieks and bursts into chatter. Why are we still afraid to say the word vagina? the doctor asks finally. Talking about vaginas not to mention sex education is taboo in Myanmar. But it became the focus of discussion two months ago when Sign up here for weekly email updates from this series In Myanmar, sexual and reproductive education technically exists on the curriculum …