Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money

Originally posted on Quartz:

We’re in an era of the cult of the entrepreneur. We analyze the Tory Burches and Evan Spiegels of the world looking for a magic formula or set of personality traits that lead to success. Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and more students coming out of business schools are choosing startup life over Wall Street.

But what often gets lost in these conversations is that the most common shared trait among entrepreneurs is access to financial capital—family money, an inheritance, or a pedigree and connections that allow for access to financial stability. While it seems that entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks.

And this is a key advantage: When basic needs are met, it’s easier to be creative; when you know you have a safety net, you are more willing to take…

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What caffeine does to your brain

Originally posted on Fusion:

It’s 6:30 am. Your alarm rings. You hit snooze a couple of times, and then a miracle happens. The sweet smell of coffee comes wafting into your room. It’s the motivation you need to emerge from your warm bed.

Those commercials were right; it’s the best part of waking up. Almost two-thirds of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis, according to research from the National Coffee Association, a trade group. I’m one of those people who just isn’t a whole person until after that morning jolt.

The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. The New York Times dubbed it America’s favorite drug in 1991, and that doesn’t seem to have changed. Nine out of 10 people in the U.S. get their caffeine fix through coffee, tea, weight-loss pills, sodas, chocolate, energy drinks or supplements, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse. Unlike other…

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