Russell Simmons: Serial Entrepreneur
What makes Russell Simmons so successful in business and philanthropy? The serial entrepreneur shares his strategy on turning an idea into a successful enterprise.
What's the Latest Development?
Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam recordings, is a quintessential serial entrepreneur. Currently he is pushing hard to buy a television network which would augment his already impressive line of businesses and charitable organizations. Among them is a health foods company and financial services bank meant to benefit poor communities. He says a little madness accompanies his method: "I start a business and no one understands it. I work the hardest and then somebody else comes along and they start to get it."
What's the Big Idea?
How does Russell manage to do so well with so many distinct enterprises? There is a strong spiritual element running through his personal philosophy which emphasizes self-respect and community service. "Everyday, no matter what, I leave and go to yoga. I take care of my first shakra. You take care of yourself so you can serve others. ... As you evolve you learn that you are more connected to the eye behind the eyes, as much as you can, than the stuff on the outside. The things on the outside have nothing to do with happiness."
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
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- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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