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Almost Everyone Needs to Take Vitamins

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12 months ago

I think you don't need vitamins only under certain conditions.  Only if you eat pure wild food, drink pure clean water, are exposed to no environmental toxins, sleep nine hours a night, have no stress and only have wild foods that you harvest yourself.  Now, I don't know how many people that ...

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We Need More Intelligence

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12 months ago

You could say it’s the goal of art and science to understand ourselves and our brain. Our thinking is the most interesting aspect of ourselves.  That's what distinguishes us from other animals, and intelligence is also what we need to solve all the major challenges of humanity and applying it and ...

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The Art of Infecting Others With Your Idea

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about 1 year ago

Leo Tolstoy was a great Russian novelist and essayist and philosopher and crazy person, as well as an idea entrepreneur in his own way.  He wrote a book called What is Art? He writes about what is the purpose of the artist and how does the artist communicate with the audience.  And he’s talking ...

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The Fittest People on Earth

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about 1 year ago

This past weekend the 2013 CrossFit games ended, once again crowning Rich Froning as the fittest man on Earth.  CrossFit is a combination of high intensity workouts that combine power lifting, gymnastic movements, and cardio exercises such as running or rowing. These are arranged into workouts that ...

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Money Makes ALL the Difference

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about 1 year ago

University of California’s Paul Piff led a series of experiments that delved into the behavior associated with the rising income inequality in the United States.  What he found was incredibly surprising. Piff found a link between wealth and unseemly behavior. In one experiment, Piff placed an ...

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My Advice to My Younger Self

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about 1 year ago

If I could go back and talk to my younger self about what makes a successful career I think that I would have told myself in the beginning that I should make a list of what I’m good at and what I love to do and just go straight to that.  I got out of college right at the wrong time when the ...

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Success is the Best Revenge

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about 1 year ago

People want others to fail because that is human nature.  People will not gloat about success.  They will gloat about failure.  It’s just the fact of life. In the first stage of my company I had no money.  I had no education.  I had every reason to need to succeed, so I succeeded and I think the ...

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T-metics, the New Mimetics

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about 1 year ago

Business now is fixated on social networks as the key toward understanding how information spreads.  And while there’s a basis for that in mimetics, which is what I wrote about in the early ‘90s, in a book called Media Virus , what they don’t understand is that there’s this other thing going on ...

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Success is a Healthy Addiction

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about 1 year ago

There are good addictions and there are bad addictions.  Good entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, become addicted to success where they want to challenge themselves from one step to the next step. A lot of the times people are only motivated by money and sometimes they have one hit and that’s ...

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My Four Heroes

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about 1 year ago

In terms of how inventors in history influenced me, there’s so many that it’s hard to necessarily pick a few, but certainly Edison and Tesla would be good examples.  They’re each great men in their own right.  In the case of Edison, he was much more of a trial and error kind of guy, but willing to ...