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Any leader can tell you that focus is imperative to success. And as the NBA Playoffs began last week, you’ll see that many coaches and players are already deep in concentration for the post season.  Someone who understands that amount of focus is Jason Terry of the Sacramento Kings. Terry is one of the most accomplished bench scorers in the NBA, a former Sixth Man of the Year, and...
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"Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." -- Og Mandino Last week, an elderly stranger, perhaps in her late 70's or 80's, held my hand.A few friends and I made the last-minute decision to attend a baseball game and purchased the cheapest tickets we could find. With seats so high up in the...
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On February 17, 2014, Jimmy Fallon took the reins of The Tonight Show—a show that has been an American tradition since 1954. In two short months, he has doubled the ratings expected and is leading his seasoned competitors, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Even with all the history and prestige behind The Tonight Show, Fallon has exceeded all expectations by simply being himself.Taking on...
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As millennials enter the workforce, they are increasingly leaving the role of employee altogether and choosing instead to live in a constant state of startup. As of 2009, more than 17 percent of the 14 million self-employed workers in the United States considered themselves independent contractors or freelancers, concentrated heavily in sales, IT, creative services, marketing and...
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Ask anyone in the worlds of business or sports the most important qualities for success, and they're likely to say “hard work” and “determination.”While no one can argue the importance of both of these two traits, they often tower over a value that I’ve learned can play as pivotal a role in sustaining success as any: humility.Success can temporarily blind us and...
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Of the hundreds of startups that applied for a chance to shine at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive's Startup Village, only a handful were chosen as finalists in six categories at the SXSW Accelerator. Long seen as the startup stamp of approval from one of the world's largest technology conferences, SXSW Accelerator is a two-day pitch contest that boasts an impressive list of judges...
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On the subway the other day I saw a couple with a fussy baby. He was bored and wiggling and squawking, and his father held onto him while his mother tried to pull up a game on her phone. In the meantime the baby became interested in the lights flashing past the window. Rather than take this as an opportunity to participate in the baby’s learning, as well as his fun, they broke his attention...
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