BEST READS: WEEK OF DECEMBER 18

  1. Get rich or die vlogging
    The disconnect between internet fame and financial security is hard to comprehend for both creators and fans. But it’s the crux of many mid-level web personalities’ lives. Many famous social media stars are too visible to have “real” jobs, but too broke not to. http://fusion.net/story/244545/famous-and-broke-on-youtube-instagram-social-media/
  2. Advice From 40-Year-Old Me to 30-Year-Old Me
    You like control. But here’s a secret: You have way less of it than you think you do. Think you know where you’ll be in 5 years? In 2 years? In 6 months? Think again. You don’t. Build up your resilience. Being adaptable to changing circumstances will bring you peace a lot faster than fighting it, looking to control it. http://observer.com/2015/12/advice-from-40-year-old-me-to-30-year-old-me/
  3. Here’s the Strategy Elite Athletes Follow to Perform at the Highest Level
    Whether it’s pursuing the pinnacle of success in your field, or simply surviving some awful or trying ordeal, the same approach works. The process is about doing the right things, right now. Not worrying about what might happen later, or the results, or the whole picture. http://observer.com/2015/12/heres-the-strategy-elite-athletes-follow-to-perform-at-the-highest-level/
  4. Why some of the world's most famous chefs don't want a Michelin star
    Attempting to explain why Japan has more Michelin restaurants than any other country, Takayama says, “We are always looking for beauty, simplicity, and detail…. The Japanese have a philosophy in all of their best things—looking to make them better, better, better…. Early morning when I wake up, I’m cooking in my head. I can smell the cooking, even in bed. I can taste it, I can feel the texture. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/09/top-chefs-michelin-stars
  5. A Home for Ourshelves
    Love is making room in your library for someone else's story. https://catapult.co/stories/a-home-for-ourshelves
  6. The myth of the ethical shopper
    It’s not the largest or the second-largest company we should be worried about anymore. It’s the 44th, or the 207th. Those small-batch, hemp-woven Daisy Dukes you bought in Dumbo are far more likely to be made in a sweatshop than your $7 H&M gym shorts. As more and more of the world’s economy takes place without us, we need to change the way we think about going after sweatshops. http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-myth-of-the-ethical-shopper/
  7. Choose your own identity
    Racial identity can be fluid. More and more, it will have to be: Multiracial Americans are on the rise, growing at a rate three times as fast as the country’s population as a whole...Nearly half of mixed-race Americans today are younger than 18, and about 7 percent of the U.S. adult population could be considered multiracial, though they might not call themselves that. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/14/magazine/choose-your-own-identity.html?_r=0
  8. Bilingual kids have multiple advantages
    Probably due to the practice of switching languages, bilinguals are very good at taking different perspectives, dealing with conflicting cues and ignoring irrelevant information. http://qz.com/543919/the-incredible-ever-growing-multi-faceted-value-of-being-bilingual-in-our-global-economy/
  9. Adapting to a more global, diverse Internet
    GIFs, in addition to being eminently shareable, consume less data — and less data charges. They also work well with smaller screens, whether that’s a low-cost smartphone or an Apple Watch. http://www.niemanlab.org/2015/12/adapting-to-a-more-global-more-diverse-internet/