Sunday, December 28, 2014

6 success tips for life after big tech paychecks

In October, when Adam Herscher posted an in-depth essay about why he decided to leave his $255,000-a-year job at Microsoft to start his own software company, he was aiming to tap into Seattle's start-up community to build his network. He didn't expect the overwhelming number of comments from corporate workers around the country, asking for advice.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Antelope Canyon photo sells for record $6.5M

The world's most expensive photo depicts Arizona's Antelope Canyon, near Page on the Navajo Reservation.

Landscape Photographer Peter Lik sold his print, titled "Phantom," for $6.5 million to a private collector in November. The black-and-white photo depicts an underground cavern inside Arizona's Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed as rainwater eroded the stone into narrow passageways.

The canyon, first opened to the public in 1997, attracts photographers and sightseers to marvel at its uniquely smooth, flowing corridors and arches,  Navajo Nation parks officials said. "Certain textures and contours found in nature lend themselves beautifully to black and white photography," Lik said in a press release. "The intensity of contrasting light and dark spaces was surprising, but made for some of the most powerful images I've ever created."


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Your Holiday Survival Guide

It's here – whether you're ready or not. Just look at the seasonal shelves in your favorite store. Retailers like to call it 'holiday season' but let's be more accurate. Weight Gain season begins now and runs straight through New Year's. 

The next two months will bring ample opportunity for you to expand your waistline.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

12 Business Tips to Steal From Santa

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Whether you ever did--or still do--today I submit a different reason for thinking of the jolly old elf: business inspiration. Here's a figure who exudes good will. He's well-liked wherever he goes. And he has a number of attributes that every entrepreneur should aspire to have. Stay with me.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Watch Jack White’s full set at Farm Aid (and see his new haircut) | Consequence of Sound

Jack White returned to the stage on Saturday to perform at Farm Aid, the annual charity concert organized by Neil Young and others that looks to benefit family farmers. White performed a 10-song set chalk full of White Stripes favorites like "Icky Thump", "Hotel Yorba", "Ball and Biscuit", and "Seven Nation Army", along with a pair of cuts from his new solo album, Lazaretto.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eyeballed: Suren Manvelyan's eerie animal close-ups are judging you

These arresting pictures of animal eyes prove the pervasive might of wildlife photography – and raise questions about man's relationship with the natural world Suren Manvelyan's photographs of animal eyes are surely destined soon to fill magazines, coffee-table books and science museums. Who does...


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Light Painting Photography by Martin Kimbell

Amazing long exposure light painting photography by Martin Kimbell.Check out this stunning selection of light paintings by Martin Kimbell, a freelance photographer based in Nottingham, England. The talented photographer specializes in action sports and light painting photography.Photographer Mart...

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Harvey Mackay: How to be optimistic (and successful) like J.K. Rowling

U.S. President Harry S. Truman once said, " A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."

Which do you think will reach their goals, live a happy life, and achieve their dreams?

Imagine interviewing two people who have identical skills, but one is always grumbling about how unfair life can be, while the other one talks about what wonderful possibilities exist. Who would you want to hire? Whom do you think would do a better job?


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Black And White

Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In Marvel Movies

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS As "Guardians of the Galaxy" flies into theaters this weekend, the film (which is getting rave reviews) adds another storyline to the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe. As with its predecessors, it is sure to come with a bunch of easter eggs. Much like Pixar, Disney...

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I've had the pleasure of working...

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

X-Rayed Toys

What an interesting perspective on toys....


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23 Summer Pool Party Hacks, From Hardware to Hammocks

Whether you're hovering by the air conditioner in your tiny urban apartment, or lounging poolside at your parents' house, here are more than two dozen cutting-edge summer products to help you turn your vacation fantasies into reality. Scroll down to feast your eyes on the trendiest summer loungin...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fine Art Photography by Kylli Sparre

Fine art photography and experimental photo manipulations by Kylli Sparre.Kylli Sparre is a fine art photographer based in Tallinn, Estonia. After several years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, Kylli Sparre realized it wasn't the right path in her life. Thereafter, she was look...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Toy Wars

Toy Wars:

Hot Wheels meets 'Star Wars' for Comic-Con

For this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Hot Wheels has the coolest Star Wars ride this side of the Millennium Falcon.

Among the exclusive toys Mattel is offering for fans at this year's pop-culture extravaganza (July 24-27) is a Darth Vader die-cast car, the first team-up for Hot Wheels and the hot sci-fi franchise.

For $40, toy lovers can get the sleek black auto in lights-and-sound lightsaber packaging and the distinctive red associated with the villainous Sith lord from the Star Wars movies.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

7 Proven Ways to Come Home with Better Travel Photos

Your next vacation or around-the-world escapade is the perfect time to brush up on your photography skills.After all, taking a great photograph is never more important than when you're seeing people and places you may never see again. Travel opens your eyes to other cultures, and if you prepare b...

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Using networking as an insurance policy to protect your sales

Harvey Mackay: Using networking as an insurance policy to protect your sales

In my entire career, I have never once heard a successful person say he or she regretted putting time and energy into building their relationships and contact management system (CMS).

That's why my interest was piqued when I recently saw a blog by my close friend Brandon Steiner, CEO and founder of Steiner Sports in New York. It addresses what Brandon calls "next-level networking."

What Brandon is referring to is this: "If my contact at a company left, who would I still know there? Would I still be able to work with that company?" If the answers are, "No one" or "Maybe not," then you could be in trouble.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

What it means to be a class act

You have probably heard the term, "She is a class act." Of course, it's always a compliment. But exactly what does that mean?

Class is easy to recognize but much harder to define. Similarly, the absence of class is easy to detect — and a serious flaw for anyone who aspires to be successful.

First of all, class is not an "act." It's a deep-seated way of life. Having class involves good manners, politeness, pride without showboating, empathy, humility and an abundance of self-control.

People can tell if you have class by the way you interact with others. If you have class, you don't need much of anything else to be a winner. If you don't have it, no matter what you do, it won't make up the difference. Money, notoriety or success by themselves won't give you class. Class comes from within, not from external sources.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

How to develop your creativity so you can be more successful

How to develop your creativity so you can be more successful

Each January the world celebrates International Creativity Month – a month to remind individuals and organizations around the globe to capitalize on the power of creativity.

Unleashing creativity is vital for personal and business success in this age of accelerating change. Motivational speaker Randall Munson founded International Creativity Month to refocus attention to creatively improve business and personal activities.

January, the first month of the year, provides an opportunity to take a fresh approach to problem-solving and renew confidence in our creative capabilities.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Success is on ‘far side of failure’

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance greater than 30 feet. Yet, these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall.

The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.

A lot of humans are like this. They are afraid to take a risk.

Not me. I understood at an early age that in order to triple your success ratio, you might have to triple your failure rate.

Thomas J. Watson, the founder and first president of IBM, said: “Failure is a teacher — a harsh one, perhaps, but the best. ... That’s what I have to do when an idea backfires or a sales program fails. You’ve got to put failure to work for you ... you can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So, go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.”

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Set goals with spirit of optimism

The new year is a time for reflection and contemplation. Common questions we ask ourselves: Did the previous year turn out how I had envisioned? Did I meet the goals I set? Of what am I most proud? In hindsight, how would I have done things differently?

Regardless of how you think about the previous year, the biggest gift you can give the people who follow you is to approach the start of a new year with optimism. Obviously, you shouldn’t pretend problems don’t exist or paint a rosy picture when there isn’t one. However, I suggest you put time into reframing the challenges and obstacles in your life.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

10 Truths You Will Learn Before You Find Happiness

 10 Truths You Will Learn Before You Find Happiness

We are all beautiful human beings here in this world trying to find our way. Every day we seek to better understand the meaning of our lives. We long to discover our gifts and release them fully into the world, and we hope to find happiness and peace along the way. For some of us the key to these desires rings loud and clear, driving what we do and how we do it. For others, these deep seeded needs are buried below the noise of daily life, below ego, below fear, below the pressures and norms that we face in society… and thus, they are rarely addressed.

Along my own journey of self-actualization, I’ve witnessed dozens of great people discover their own paths to happiness and self-fulfillment, and I’ve noticed many common themes emerge. In all cases, the happiness they discover and gradually develop internally is seeded by the realization of certain fundamental truths.

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In Chinese Year of the Horse, dogs will have their day - Behind The Wall


Happy Chinese New Year Of The Horse!!

BEIJING – China will ring in the Year of the Horse this Friday - and like with any fresh start, questions abound about wealth, health and matters of the heart.

For many in China, Feng Shui masters and their astrological readings and predictions are merely a fun activity to pass the time. But for the superstitious, horoscope experts provide important guidance for the coming year.

In recent years, NBC News has had the pleasure of consulting with Feng Shui master, Chen Shuaifu, the 61-year old chairman of the Chinese Feng Shui Association, which has more than 50,000 members.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Your Mind Is What Really Matters

Golfing great Arnold Palmer said: "My father always said to me, 'Remember, whatever game you play, 90 percent of success is from the shoulders up.'"

Palmer has never flaunted his success as a golfer or businessman. When I visited him a couple years ago in Latrobe, Pa., I learned that although he has won hundreds of trophies and awards, the only trophy in his office is a battered little cup that he got for his first professional win at the Canadian Open in 1955. There is also a framed plaque on the wall, which explains why he has been successful on and off the golf course. It reads:

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mastering the art of managing || Harvey`s Columns

Twenty-five hundred years ago a new Chinese emperor took the throne of the Middle Kingdom. Because he was only 18, he called upon the court’s wisest adviser.

“O learned sage. O venerable counselor,” said the young emperor, “you advised my grandfather the emperor for many years. What is the single most important advice you can give me now for ruling my kingdom?”

And the adviser, who was the famous Chinese philosopher Confucius, replied, “First, you must define the problem.”

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