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A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now

So much to learn, so little time.

The world is bursting with learning. There are several million business books, 3,000 TED talks, 10,000 MOOCs, hundreds of thousands of e-learning courses, and millions of self-published articles on platforms such as LinkedIn and Medium. The article you're reading right now is just one of thousands of articles on HBR.org. Picking the best and most relevant from all this is hard.

Yet it's essential. The modern worker has very little time for learning - less than 1% of their time, according to Bersin, a division of Deloitte. And it's more important than ever to learn continuously as the shelf life of skills shorten and career paths meander and lengthen.

So there's a significant pressure on us all to learn the right stuff. How do we identify what that is?

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The 'serendipity mindset': how to make your own luck

Seeing meaning in the unexpected can help turn mistakes into opportunities, says researcher Dr Christian Busch.

Dr Christian Busch has had a lucky life. He narrowly escaped a catastrophic car accident at the age of 18. The car was wrecked but he walked away without a scratch. It was just the wake-up call he needed. "I turned my life around. Before that I'd been a reckless teenager who lived in the moment, having fun. The accident instilled a sense of urgency to try to find meaning."

Luck continued to play a positive role in his life. An accidental coffee spillage in Starbucks led to romance and though the person in question is no longer his girlfriend they are still close. In his work as an entrepreneur, researcher and community-builder, he co-founded several social enterprises and teaches at both New York University and the London School of Economics - enjoying plenty of lucky breaks along the way. But Busch noticed that he wasn't the only "lucky" one among his friends and colleagues. In fact, many of the most successful and happiest people he encountered also seemed to be on a permanent lucky streak.

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Exclusive: The Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke... Is Now Officially Broke

It took decades, but Chuck Feeney, the former billionaire cofounder of retail giant Duty Free Shoppers has finally given all his money away to charity. He has nothing left now - and he couldn't be happier.

Charles "Chuck" Feeney, 89, who cofounded airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers with Robert Miller in 1960, amassed billions while living a life of monklike frugality. As a philanthropist, he pioneered the idea of Giving While Living - spending most of your fortune on big, hands-on charity bets instead of funding a foundation upon death. Since you can't take it with you - why not give it all away, have control of where it goes and see the results with your own eyes?

"We learned a lot. We would do some things differently, but I am very satisfied. I feel very good about completing this on my watch," Feeney tells Forbes. "My thanks to all who joined us on this journey. And to those wondering about Giving While Living: Try it, you'll like it."

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