March 17, 2017: Friday news roundup

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Udemy has an office in Dublin, which is closed today, but we know they celebrated in proper style yesterday. Regardless of where you are, why not raise a pint today too? Erin go bragh!

Stop Reading Lists of Things Successful People Do
Oh yeah, we’ve all fallen for the clickbait. Whether it’s what successful people eat and read, how much they sleep, or when they exercise, articles abound sharing the secrets of business titans that supposedly can apply to us mere mortals as well. These HBR writers suggest such lists can actually be counterproductive.

Over the Last 60 years, Automation has Totally Eliminated Just one US Occupation
That headline can’t be right, can it? We’ve all heard so much about the robot uprising, taking jobs from humans, you’d expect the list to be much longer than one occupation. It’s true, many industries have changed as a result of automation, but they’re still around, in one form or another. Read on to find out what hasn’t survived.

Forget Coding: Writing Is Design’s “Unicorn Skill”
It’s certainly not a bad career move to become proficient in writing code for machines, but you also probably need to get better at writing words for people. This article cites an expert addressing an audience of designers, exhorting them to respect the power of good writing, but people in all fields would benefit from developing their writing skills.

How to Learn New Things as an Adult
This one hits us right where we live! Check out this Q&A with the author of a new book on this exact topic. He contends that learning isn’t easy and that’s as it should be; it needs to be challenging, even uncomfortable, to be memorable. We also second his advice that teaching is one of the best ways to learn, something the Udemy marketplace bears out, as lots of instructors discovered us as students taking courses first.

Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute
This goes out to all the Oxford comma fans out there; I know I’m not the only one! As this legal case illustrates wonderfully, punctuation matters. It can even cost you money. The real takeaway here is that imprecise punctuation can leave readers uncertain of your intentions, which can have costly consequences as well.