As a society, we tend to focus on prodigies — the young stars in their fields. But what if we looked at the people at the opposite end of the timeline instead? By studying them, network scientist Albert-László Barabási has come up with lessons that can benefit us all.

Uncovering your micro-motives — that collection of super-specialized things that make your particular heart sing — are key to finding fulfillment and success at work, say social scientists Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas. And there’s a fun way to identify them: observing how you judge others.

We’re all scrambling for practical solutions for the uncertain future of work. But there’s a mental shift we need to make, too.

History professor Yuval Noah Harari, author of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind,” explains why humans have dominated Earth. The reason’s not what you might expect.

The science of setting goals | Kelly McGonigal | ideas.ted.com

How to make New Year’s resolutions that actually work out this time.

Alain de Botton picks 6 of his favorite philosophers — whose works have inspired him to think more deeply about success.

This week’s comments includes replies to Simon Anholt’s introduction of the Good Country Index, a thought on the purity of art (and how we have polluted it with money), and an argument for trusting our own intellectual selves.