Hacking Your Brain: How Understanding and Applying the Yerkes–Dodson Law Can Change the Way You Do Everything

By Ryan Sampson THE YERKES-DODSON WHAT? The Yerkes-Dodson law, also known as the optimal arousal theory, is a theory stating that for any given activity, there is an optimal level of psychological arousal (or stimulation of brain energy) that will allow for the best performance. If your arousal levels are too low, you will be bored and lack motivation. If your arousal levels are too … Continue reading Hacking Your Brain: How Understanding and Applying the Yerkes–Dodson Law Can Change the Way You Do Everything

Financial Education Pays Off: An Analysis of the Benefits of and Need for Financial Education

By Dallin McDougal  This year, total student loan debt for Americans rose to a staggering $1 Trillion.i This rise in student loan debt has been a hot topic in contemporary politics. Some argue that college should be funded by the federal government and that student loan debt should be forgiven. This approach is like having a bucket with a hole and trying to fix the problem by pouring … Continue reading Financial Education Pays Off: An Analysis of the Benefits of and Need for Financial Education

Why You Shouldn’t Use Stack Overflow

By: Matt Perry Learning to Solve Problems Without Limitations In 1939, George Dantzig, a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley, was running late for his statistics class. Frantically entering the classroom, he noticed that two problems were written on the blackboard. Assuming they were assigned for homework, he wrote them down and worked out the problems over the next few days. Several days … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Use Stack Overflow

Why Invest in Real Estate?

By Shion Li At age 24, Brandon started a new investing strategy that would soon change his life. By age 29, Brandon retired from full-time work to enjoy financial independence. What was his investing strategy? He invested in residential real estate. Brandon’s success story isn’t the only example of someone profiting from real estate investing. Andrew Carnegie said, “90% of all millionaires become so through … Continue reading Why Invest in Real Estate?

Discover the Secret of Apple’s Financial Success

By: Miles Leung Whenever you unbox your Apple product, you will see “Designed by Apple in California.” This design is where the magic begins—the magic that brings Apple a great fortune. In fact, Apple’s market value has been doubled from one trillion dollars to two trillion dollars in two years. The company’s revenue would not be so high if not for its supply chain system. … Continue reading Discover the Secret of Apple’s Financial Success

The Rage of Minimum Wage

By: Allison Fullmer Think of someone who would deny the opportunity to increase his or her hourly wage. It may be difficult to find such a person, as the discussion of increasing minimum wage is a common topic among Americans. Having more money often allows Americans more financial freedom, less financial stress, and higher levels of happiness. Minimum wage is currently at an unlivable rate … Continue reading The Rage of Minimum Wage

Error 404: Coders Not Found

By Stephan Peck The websites you visit daily—maybe even hourly—are made possible through an interconnected technology stack that includes HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If that just sounded like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, you’re not alone. According to code.org, fewer than 50,000 graduates received degrees in computer science in 2017. Meanwhile, businesses are currently seeking over 500,000 computing positions in the US. Do you see … Continue reading Error 404: Coders Not Found

How Companies are Doing Good and Why Yours Should Too

By Sarah Romney The bread aisle has changed. The choice is no longer simply between white and wheat, but between twenty brands of white, twenty brands of wheat, and twenty brands of multigrain. What used to be an easy decision with one or two options has turned into an intense competition among dozens of companies. This is not only true with grocery products but for … Continue reading How Companies are Doing Good and Why Yours Should Too

Book Review: ‘Naked Economics’ by Charles Wheelan

By Ryan Quade Charles Wheelan—professor, author, grassroots activist—harnesses the powerful concepts of economic theory to help you solve real problems. Wheelan doesn’t care about the math and the charts—he just wants you to understand the magic. Naked Economics is the book for the rest of us, helping the non-economist to rationally analyze everything from McDonalds to congestion to political systems. Wheelan is a master storyteller … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Naked Economics’ by Charles Wheelan

Book Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

By Sarah Romney How do we end poverty? World hunger? High death rates? These are complicated issues that people have been trying to solve for centuries, but Melinda Gates proposes that the solution to many of the world’s problems is to give women a voice “because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” In The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates shares stories and … Continue reading Book Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Podcast Review: Fraser Bullock on Measuring Success and Managing Stress

Mark Larsen On March 22, 2020 we had the pleasure of interviewing Fraser Bullock, co-founder of Sorenson Capital and COO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. Bullock has led an extremely successful professional career full of interesting experiences and wholesome life lessons. A former BYU MBA graduate and Bain & Company consultant, Bullock became a founding partner of one of the world’s leading … Continue reading Podcast Review: Fraser Bullock on Measuring Success and Managing Stress

Podcast Review: James Gaskin on Learning

By Sarah Romney “I promised my wife I wouldn’t start any new companies last year.” James Gaskin—who once walked the streets of Los Angeles as a Hollywood actor and dancer—now teaches information systems at BYU and has started businesses ranging from a company that tracks cattle to a company that facilitates dream analytics. While Gaskin kept his promise last year, he’s back at it again … Continue reading Podcast Review: James Gaskin on Learning

Blockchain: The Transformation of Accounting

By Ryan Quade Failure to meet accounting standards has cost US banks $200 billion in fines since 2009.[1] Meanwhile, internal fraud—the very fraud accounting standards seek to prevent—has cost businesses globally over $4 trillion in 2018 alone.[2] Blockchain, the technology of decentralized transactions on a shared ledger, promises to solve these problems and save corporations billions along the way. Although only in the early stages … Continue reading Blockchain: The Transformation of Accounting

Buzzwords

by Jamie LeSueur Presenteeism is the condition of physical presence but mental or functional absence at the workplace. It occurs when a clocked-in employee can’t complete their full load of tasks due to illness, depression, stress, or exhaustion. Presenteeism minimizes productivity and costs companies billions of dollars a year.[1] Mindfulness is the practice of perceiving and assimilating the present experience without judgment. It involves increasing … Continue reading Buzzwords

Out with the Old and in with the New: The Rise of Gen Z

By Chloë Breckenridge   Right now, one in five Americans belong to Generation Z. By 2020 there will be 84.7 million “Gen Zers” in the U.S. and 2.6 billion worldwide.[1] While many industries have targeted their marketing efforts towards millennials, the rising generation will become crucial for brand survival. Understanding the similarities and differences between millennial and Z generations will allow marketers to see why … Continue reading Out with the Old and in with the New: The Rise of Gen Z

Social Media’s Impact on Branding

By Emma Leister In April of 2018, Carter Wilkerson tweeted a simple question to the Wendy’s Twitter account, asking how many retweets he would need before the restaurant would give him a year’s supply of chicken nuggets. Wendy’s subsequent challenge for Wilkerson—obtain 18 million retweets—sparked a storm that overtook social media with the hashtag #NuggsForCarter and ultimately culminated in both a new record for the … Continue reading Social Media’s Impact on Branding

Editor’s Letter: Expectations

In the classic tale by Charles Dickens, Pip and his girlfriend, Estella, are constantly thrown into unexpected situations which alter their life’s journey. From a chance meeting in a cemetery of an escaped convict, to the time spent in an eccentric lady’s home, to a final inheritance of wealth, Pip’s and Estella’s expectations for life were constantly turned upside and sideways. Estella wisely observes to … Continue reading Editor’s Letter: Expectations

Interior Design in the Workplace

By Bryce Cindrich The workplace is where people collaborate, solve problems, and thrive. While many factors go into these actions of productivity, few people consider how their surroundings may be affecting them. Nonetheless, the interior design of a workplace can either inhibit employees from reaching their full potential or contribute to their success. Quality and intentional interior design is shown to boost employees’ productivity and … Continue reading Interior Design in the Workplace