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What one thing has your career taught you for certain? Sean Kernan, Son of Quora Over and over again, I see people in corner offices who, on paper, are of pretty mediocre intelligence. If they were pitted against you on an academic test, most of you smart Quorans would best them fairly easily. And you know what? It means nothing. The moment you ste…
 
Which fruits should I stay away from? Kurt Hadsall, Oilfield Wireline Field Specalist at Baker Hughes (2003-present) My former career was retail grocer/produce manager. For over fifteen years I enjoyed the very best produce, because I had “pick of the litter” as the saying goes. I still to this day am very picky about produce. Fruits are mostly sea…
 
What are some of the greatest things humans have achieved that most people don’t know about? Andrew Grimm Ever wondered why the world was basically the Middle East and the tropics for many generations and then some people moved to the colder places like Europe and such? I have an answer and its one you probably didn’t expect. Hay. yes, that dry bun…
 
What seemingly strange question will reveal a lot about a person? Paul Barends, lives in The Netherlands Well, once during a job interview I was asked a strange question. This was in the 1980s when unemployment was high. A small company advertised a sales position in a local newspaper. It wasn’t clear what they actually sold and I didn’t have much …
 
Smart people: seriously, why aren't you breeding? Blake Senftner, Mad computer scientist Two reasons: My “smartness” comes with a giant helping of anxiety, which I do not want to pass on. I suspect it’s genetic. I feel like it is unethical to bring children into today’s world. Plus, to have kids today, they are not yours , they are “owned” by socie…
 
What are some unspoken rules in the U.K.? Graham Short, Micro-artist, Supplier to the Royal Household, When you park your car in the street close to the football ground and a local urchin asks for a fiver to look after your car… pay him! If you tell him, “There’s no need, I’ve got an Alsation in the boot,” don’t be surprised if you hear him say, as…
 
What are the dirty little secrets of the stock market? Carl Heintz, CPA, MBA, CEA, started, built, sold numerous successful businesses What follows may be shocking, but it is true. The market is “rigged” for small traders. The big boys have insider information and trade on it all the time. Ok, maybe not insider information like the SEC defines it, …
 
What are some jobs that surprisingly pay over $1,000,000 a year? Michael Cheng, Worked several years at a small VC and an investment bank. Originally Answered: What are achievable jobs that pay a million a year? In the world of real estate, lots of people in various roles make a million dollars a year. Almost no one has a job that pays a million a …
 
How do you spot a beginner manager? Yariv Adan, works at Google Assistant Trying to be involved in everything that is happening in his team Feels uncomfortable delagating Over indexes project development over people development Way too high "answers and directives to questions and challenges" ratio (towards his team) Generally overwhelmed and defen…
 
What's the most ridiculously simple idea that made someone rich? Christopher Chong, studied at London Business School Arguably the richest family in the world are the Rothschilds. Their exact wealth is unknown but some have speculated that it could be as much as $2 trillion (unlikely but it is likely to be a large number). The founder of the Rothsc…
 
What is a truth so shocking that most people struggle with accepting it? Larry Lama, Forensic Psychologist at Crab INVENT (2016-present) Excellent question. People have a hard time accepting some things and I will be painfully honest. Your secret crush could easily get over you when you stop replying messages, calls or stop saying hi. There is alwa…
 
Does life get easier after you get hired by Google, Facebook, Microsoft or Amazon? David Seidman, former Security Program Manager at Microsoft (2005-2016) I'm not gonna lie: yes, life gets a lot easier when you get hired by a top tech company. You'll almost certainly get an interview anywhere you apply. But you probably won't have to apply, because…
 
What is the point of small talk when you know the other people don't care? Daniel Tay, I know about Human Behavior because I behave like a human When I was in my 20s, a priest greeted me, “How are you?” I proceeded to tell him how I was. After a couple of minutes, while I was still answering his question, he turned and walked away while I was still…
 
What are straight-up facts people won’t swallow? Jacinta Mooney, Texan, pianist, part-time ninja When most people say to a depressed friend, “I'm here to talk anytime you need me”, they're only saying it out of courtesy and don't have the slightest idea what they're getting into. Then when their friend takes them up on the offer, they suddenly frea…
 
What is the definition of an insecure person? Jane Olaguer, I had an unpleasant encounter with an insecure person An insecure person is, Someone who extremely lacks self confidence. He or she won't know their worth and they would dislike their physical appearance. Not feeling good enough, feeling sorry for themselves, feeling sorry for people who l…
 
What are some secret investment hacks? Gary Mishuris, Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer at Silver Ring Value Partners (2016-present) Charlie Munger, the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett’s partner said something simple yet profound at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting: “A lot of other people are trying to be b…
 
Should we do push ups slowly or fast? Brandon Richey, Strength Coach |Fitness Trainer| NSCA--CSCS (2001-present) The answer to this question is that it just depends on your goals. The speed at which you do push-ups will develop the outcome. Your muscles have three types of muscular contractions… Concentric: Shortening of the primary muscle. Isometr…
 
How does Walmart prevent theft when customers use self-checkout? Mark Johnston, former EFL Teacher (2005-2012) When I worked at Walmart, self-checkout was my jam. There is always an attendant at the self-checkout area, both to deter theft, keep the place tidy, and assist customers when the machines act up. Each machine has its own video surveillanc…
 
What are the Internet hacks that we can learn in one minute? Mike St Laurent, Professional Conversion Rate Optimizer at WiderFunnel Oh boy, do I ever have a good one… In only 30 seconds you can learn how to get 10% off pretty much anything online. Ready? Good. If you ever want something for a pretty deep discount then put the product/item you want …
 
How do old people lose all their teeth? How can I prevent this for myself? John Fenn, Trained by the best, Dr Janet Travell, the first female white house physician. Two days ago I retired from a 50 year association with dentistry. I started dental school at 17 and I retired on my 67th birthday. There are only three ways to keep your teeth throughou…
 
Most people think that the main part of staying in shape is doing a lot of working out, but this is simply not true. If you want to stay in shape, you must first adhere to a good nutritionally clean diet. That is the real secret they don’t tell you, so they can hawk their Ab-Cruncher 500s and all of their weight loss pills. If people knew staying f…
 
If the best investments only get you 10-15% returns a year, how do people become rich from investing? Satvik Beri, Data Scientist (2010-present) I’m going to teach you a useful trick called the rule of 72. Without a calculator, if you invest $100 for 40 years at a 10% interest rate, which of these is closer to how much money you’d end up with? $500…
 
Why do good employees quit in almost every job? Kyle Cooper, Semiconductor Service Company Chief @kylecoop.com Updated 3h ago · Upvoted by David Gutzman , Employee engagement survey designer and researcher. Founder… Underperforming employees have something to lose. Employment. Income. Position. (tear jerker image source: Stunning free images) An em…
 
Which profession causes the most amount of depression in people? Jonathan Schnapp, Psychotherapist at Private Practice of Psychotherapy Which profession causes the most amount of depression in people? Full transparency I googled this question because I was curious. I got mixed results although it seems that doctors and dentists lead with the highes…
 
Found out (by accident) that my boss is seeking to replace me. Am I doing the right thing by resigning asap? Neel Kumar, Have had many bosses, am one too. There is a great line someone told me years ago. I have begun to appreciate it only in the last few years: Communication is not what you say, it is what the others hear. There are many possibilit…
 
How much salary bump is "normal" when moving jobs? John L. Miller, Worked and recruited at Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle. 25 yrs industry. PhD. I’ve moved between companies several times. The first time or two, I didn’t have a good handle on what to expect. I was moving primarily because of life circumstances. For example, I took a job at the u…
 
What is a trend that is happening in the United States job sector that I can take advantage of right now? Christopher Ordway, works at Rite Aid Pharmacy Answered Jan 27 · Upvoted by Isabella Newman , Female President at The United States of America (2017-pres… I’ll just tell you what I’m noticing as someone living in California. Millennials want to…
 
Why does it seem today that bands just can't recapture the magic that bands like: Zeppelin, The Doors, The Stones, Pink Floyd, etc. had? Joe Becker, Former BMI/Cherry Ln Music Publishing affiliated songwriter. Music & Film Audio Continue Reading THERE’S A GOOD JOKE GOING AROUND The music business has done a good job of discouraging pirating by rele…
 
Why do some waiters squat when they serve a table? Sam Radion This is a psychological trick and once you have noticed it once you’ll start noticing it forever! Squatting at the table puts yourself on the same level as the diners. It allows you to look them straight in the eye rather than looking down on them and humanises you as “Sam your server”. …
 
Which is better, walking or running? Misha Yurchenko (ユルチェンコ ミーシャ), Japan-based writer, entrepreneur, and avocado-eater Research has found that walking directly affects the brain’s blood supply. Now, this isn’t news: we all know that exercise increases our blood-pressure/heart rate meaning that our entire body reaps the benefits of increased circul…
 
What's a deeply unsettling fact? SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT Gabriela Ilinca, A Flawsome Teenager Updated Dec 27, 2017 Continue Reading · There are over 200 corpses on MountEverest, and they are used as way points for climbers.[1] SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT · You are six minutes away from death.Breathing resets the clock. [2] SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT · There are mo…
 
What has been the biggest wasteof your money over your lifetime? SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT Jeff Sturm, Amateur economist Answered Jan 6 Continue Reading Thank you for the A2A! That’s easy toanswer—when my family was young we bought a large home on a 30-year mortgage.At the time we considered only monthly payments to determine whether a car orhome was af…
 
What are the three best habits for an exciting life? Daniel Karan, Strategist and Entrepreneur @DeclareWarWithin.com Answered Nov 7 Habits for an exciting life: Be systematically crazy. A mentor once told me that. He said when you identify as crazy, you are now free. When you do something outside of the norm people will just say “oh him? he’s crazy…
 
Why would a successful person feel insecure? Mohieddine Shebaro, B.S Computer Science, Beirut Arab University (2020) Bill Gates: “I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages.” Kim Kardashian: “If you Google 2008 and 2007, I had the craziest, hairiest hairline, so I did laser it. Everyone would just Photoshop it every time I did a p…
 
Why does Netflix pursue such an aggressive wage policy by paying its computer programmers almost twice as much as Google or Facebook? https://blog.salaryproject.com/netflix-software-engineers-earn-a-salary-of-more-than-300000/ Linchuan Zhang, Software Engineer at Google (2018-present) Answered Jan 13 · Upvoted by Marc Bodnick, Former institutional …
 
If a manager says "you're fired" and you reply back, "no I quit!" Can you legally say you quit your last job? Derreck Frost, Aspiring Novelist with dozens of works being made. “If a manager says "you're fired" and you reply back, "no I quit!" Can you legally say you quit your last job?” Yes, because a business is likely going to state that “You qui…
 
At what point in your life did everything start to make sense? Sean Kernan, Son of Quora Getting married. I finally understood why everyone said it was so hard. Every morning you wake up and go “Oh hey - it’s you again.” You get home from work and go “Oh hey - it’s you again.” Over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Over and ove…
 
What are some “rules” to being classy? Bretton Palm, Lifelong devotee of Miss Manners Here are a couple: When it comes to bathroom functions, less is more. Phrases like “I need to pop in the restroom” and “I’ll be back in just a moment” are very classy. When you burp, follow it with a surprised “Excuse me!” at the same volume level as the burp. Alw…
 
Can an airline crew detect if a cell phone is left on? Steve Bazer, Captain at A Major U.S. Airline No. The requirement to have them turned off from before takeoff to after landing is an archaic rule. They don’t work anyway once airborne, and once the groundspeed exceeds a certain value, the cell towers don’t process their signals. Also, Cell tower…
 
What are the 10 easy tricks they don’t want you to know about driving? Sierra Knowles, I drive on a daily basis In most states, you’re allowed to turn right at a red light after coming to a complete stop. Just make sure your way is clear every time. It’s likely there’s a small leeway with the amount of speeding you can get away with.[1] My suggesti…
 
What makes people mentally strong? Jose Hale, Furniture Designer 10 Things mentally strong people don’t do 1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about a lost game or how others in game have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their actions and understand that LoL …
 
What do teachers know that would scare their students? Natalie Ayambem, Math Faculty (2014-present) Answered Nov 27 · Upvoted by Daniel Kaplan, Veteran high school English teacher Continue Reading What do teachers know that the average US college student would be scared to know? Dear student, please pull up a chair as I would actually love for you …
 
What happens if I eat 5 eggs a day? Rebecca Cremer Hinkley, BS Biology, Grand Valley State University (2003) Answered Apr 14 Originally Answered: How will it affect my health if I eat 5 large eggs with their yolks everyday? Not a dietitian or nutritionist here; all I can tell you is my own experience. I have been eating 3–5 eggs every day for the p…
 
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