The Best Advice From ‘How I Work’ in 2018

Every week on Lifehacker, we interview a successful person about their career and their work habits, in a column called How I Work. And every week we ask them, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?” Here are the best answers our guests gave us in 2018.

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What a Video Game YouTuber Does All Day 

“Professional Vlogger” is a pretty new occupation. While watching the Smosh Games YouTube channel might seem like a bunch of friends having fun, we followed host and founding member Mari Takahashi to see how the team comes up with ideas, figures out what shows are working, and what happens during 8 hours of shooting.

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Does Your College Major Matter? We Asked 7 Successful People

Picking a major might feel like choosing your entire life path. Or it might feel like a placeholder while you figure your shit out. We asked some of the most successful people we know, the past guests of Lifehacker’s How I Work column, what they majored in. They told us how their major affected their career—or if it…

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We’re Gianna Toboni and Isobel Yeung, Correspondents for VICE on HBO, and This Is How We Work

Some journalists spend their careers behind a desk. That’s a fine way to work, depending on the beat, but it’s not for everyone. It’s not for Gianna Toboni and Isobel Yeung, who travel the world as correspondents for VICE on HBO.

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I’m Aurelia Moser, Community Lead at Mozilla, and This Is How I Work

Aurelia Moser is a developer, teacher, author, and also a bit of a cartographer. She works at the Mozilla Science Lab with researchers to collaborate on open source projects and is also a mentor at Girls Develop It.

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I’m Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, and This Is How I Work

Brad Smith knows karate. Not “business karate” or any overwrought metaphor about teamwork; he literally teaches karate. Or at least he used to before he became chairman and CEO of Intuit.

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I’m Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane, and This Is How I Work

There seems to be a new hack, leak, or security exploit discovered every day, and only one piece of advice really remains consistent on how to protect yourself: Use a password manager. The most secure password is one that you don’t know yourself.

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I’m Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, and This Is How I Work

One of the indisputable virtues of the internet is the availability of free online courses that enable anyone to educate themselves. edX is one such outlet, founded by Harvard and MIT, and offers free, open source courses that are allowing people around the world to get an education that would otherwise be out of…

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I’m Amir Salihefendic, CEO of Doist, and This Is How I Work

Todoist is an old contender among to-do list managers, helping people corral their work into manageable tasks for almost a decade. It’s grown into a cross-platform tool that can be used for collaboration and project management, but was created simply because Amir Salihefendic needed a way to keep track of his work.

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I’m Luis von Ahn, CEO of Duolingo, and This Is How I Work

Duolingo is a popular language leaning platform that has helped thousands of people develop their multilingual skills for free. Its gamified lessons emphasize quick learning so you can memorize a few new words without much effort while waiting for the bus.

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