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Real Estate Mogul Fredrik Eklund on Dropping His Guard, Kicking up His Heels, and Finding Success

Authenticity is hugely important when building your own brand. Don't aspire to be something you're not. Brand "you."

Fredrik Eklund: Success can be so many different things for different people, right. In my world, for the longest time, success was living in New York and doing what I love, which was being part, being one with New York City. Instead of being the guy that I am now — colorful and a bit eccentric and crazy, high-kicking Fredrik; you know, that kind of bubbly personality we all have when we’re with our best friends or family — I locked myself up and I tried to copy other big successful real estate agents instead of being me. The more I’m me, the more I put my guard down, the more successful I’ve become.

What you do to feel successful, to act so you authentically feel successful I think you have to present yourself in an honest way to the world. And I know a lot of people that are successful on the outside, but maybe I question how it feels because they might not be true to themselves. You shouldn’t wear a suit because you’re supposed to. I mean enter the conference room, the really conservative environment with — in my case — big developers and come in in a T-shirt and really say that I’m wearing a T-shirt, you know. Brand that.

Whatever you’re wearing professionally, own it and sell it.  I have a trademark which is my high kick and I’ve been doing it since I was four years old and I think that’s the key when you talk about trademark because I think everybody should have a trademark. But it needs to be authentic to you. It can’t just be a gimmick that you make up. I mean I heard that Karate Kid thinks that I stole it from them, but, in fact, they stole it from me because at four years old I was doing that before Karate Kid movie came around. So I’m still waiting for my royalties from them.

You know I left Sweden 13 years ago and I left everybody that I love — my friends and family behind to become successful in New York. Yes, real estate and being successful in real estate at work is important to me. But also equally important to create a family. So I’m going to be a father soon and that is a different kind of success.

Authenticity is hugely important when building your own brand. Don't aspire to be something you're not. Brand "you." New York real estate mogul Fredrik Eklund, star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York, shares how he presents a memorable image to others while simultaneously keeping it real.

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
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Why is everyone so selfish? Science explains

The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the selfishness among many.

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  • Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
  • New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
  • Crisis times tend to increase self-centered acts.
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How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

Parenting could be a distraction from what mattered most to him: his writing.

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Culture & Religion

Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa," but what kind of dad was he?

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How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

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Surprising Science

Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

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The biology of aliens: How much do we know?

Hollywood has created an idea of aliens that doesn't match the science.

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  • Ask someone what they think aliens look like and you'll probably get a description heavily informed by films and pop culture. The existence of life beyond our planet has yet to be confirmed, but there are clues as to the biology of extraterrestrials in science.
  • "Don't give them claws," says biologist E.O. Wilson. "Claws are for carnivores and you've got to be an omnivore to be an E.T. There just isn't enough energy available in the next trophic level down to maintain big populations and stable populations that can evolve civilization."
  • In this compilation, Wilson, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, Bill Nye, and evolutionary biologist Jonathan B. Losos explain why aliens don't look like us and why Hollywood depictions are mostly inaccurate.
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