April 28, 2017: Friday news roundup

And just like that, it’s Friday again. Read today’s roundup and learn about goal-setting, the value of a college diploma, the limits of automation, ways to stay productive during your commute, and a juicy peek inside a pricey kitchen appliance.

What Separates Goals We Achieve from Goals We Don’t
Remember those resolutions you made back in January? How’s that going for you? If you didn’t see quick results and, therefore, gave up, you’re not alone. According to researchers, “immediate benefits are a stronger predictor of persistence than delayed benefits.” In other words, even if you know your efforts now will pay off later, that doesn’t usually help you stick to your plans.

The Myth of the College Dropout
Sure, there are a bunch of examples of famous, mega-successful college dropouts, like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, but they are outliers. When you dig into the hard data, the numbers show most successful business people earned diplomas. But that doesn’t mean it’s got to be Harvard or bust. The data also showed “no difference in adult income between students who attended highly selective schools and students with similar SAT scores who attended less selective schools.”

One Very Basic Job in Sneaker Manufacturing is Testing the Limits of Automation
There are 120 steps involved in making an Adidas sneaker, and robots can handle many, if not most, of them. Yet there’s one tricky task that hasn’t been successfully automated—yet. That’s partly why the CEO of Adidas doesn’t think automation will completely take over shoe manufacturing in the immediate future.

Reclaim Your Commute
Nothing can kill that great feeling after a productive day like sitting in gridlock traffic. In fact, a long commute can make people anxious and less effective in their jobs. This article offers ways to maximize time spent in transit by shifting your mindset, establishing rituals, and getting friendly with fellow commuters. Our advice? Listen to a Udemy course through our mobile app!

Here’s Why Juicero’s Press is So Expensive
You may have heard of Juicero, the wifi-enabled, VC-backed appliance maker that’s become the butt of jokes now that people have discovered you can squeeze their juice packs by hand and skip the $400 (originally $700) contraption. Here, a hardware expert has fully disassembled the machine to understand why it cost so much in the first place. Interesting stuff, even if you don’t know your power supply from your drivetrain.