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11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion

11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
Richard Barnson shares his common sense secrets of success.

Via Ally Greer
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Many are fascinated with Sir Richard Branson and all that he has been able to accomplish in his lifetime.

 

I love to read about and learn from successful entrepreneurs; what is their daily routine, what kinds of decisions do they make, and what trials have they have had to overcome to make it to their mountaintops?

 

Take a little time out of your day for some inspiration from one of the world's most intriguing CEO's. Here are a few:

 

“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”


“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.”

 

“The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.”

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2013/03/16/11-quotes-from-sir-richard-branson-on-business-leadership-and-passion/

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Historian Reveals Ben Franklin's Not-So-Famous Sister - WBUR | Storied Lives

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"WBUR - Historian Reveals Ben Franklin's Not-So-Famous Sister."

 By Alex Ashlock.

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Did you know that Benjamin Franklin had a sister? I didn't. They wrote letters back and forth--Benny and Jenny. He wrote more letters to her than to anyone else.

 

Benjamin Franklin was the author of his own life. His youngest sister Jane was the author of other people’s lives, according to historian Jill Lepore. Her new book is entitled, “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin."

 

This new book by Lepore is a fascinating peek into the life of a woman that most barely knew.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/10/07/ben-franklin-sister

 

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10 Years of Silence: How Long It Took Mozart, Picasso and Kobe Bryant to Be Successful - - The Buffer Blog

10 Years of Silence: How Long It Took Mozart, Picasso and Kobe Bryant to Be Successful - - The Buffer Blog | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
How long does it take to become elite at your craft? And what do the people who master their goals do differently than the rest of us? That’s what John Hayes, a cognitive psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wanted to know. For decades, Hayes has been investigating the role of effort, practice, and knowledge [...]
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The best of the best. Cream of the crop. Top Dog. How can we be a success? Theories abound, but we know one thing for sure--it's not an easy task.

 

A professor at Carnegie Mellon has studied top performers for decades. This article discusses his discoveries,  and how we can pull pointers from those insights to achieve our very best.

 

An interesting tidbit? Although only part of the equation, not a single person produced incredible work without first putting in at least ten years of practice. So practice truly does make perfect!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.bufferapp.com/lessons-on-success-and-deliberate-practice-from-mozart-picasso-and-kobe-bryant?utm_content=buffer87bf9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Leadership Lessons From A 94-Year-Old Entrepreneur | Storied Lives

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Despite a culture of consolidation, Klaus Obermeyer's independent skiwear company has been going strong for nearly 70 years.


Via Bobby Dillard
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This yodeling entrepreneur has build a thriving business that has endured since 1947. If only we'd all be doing so well at 94 years old!

 

Some of his business and life lessons: Aim for win-win scenarios, and never stop innovating. He even has a rule that if it snows more than six inches in Aspen, all employees are required to go skiing first thing in the morning!

 

Fun and frolic on the slopes before business? Sounds like a boss I could love to work for!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article:  http://www.fastcompany.com/3029605/bottom-line/leadership-lessons-from-a-94-year-old-entrepreneur?partner=newsletter

 

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11 Inspiring Stories Of People Who Left Normal Life And Embarked On An Adventure | Storied Lives

11 Inspiring Stories Of People Who Left Normal Life And Embarked On An Adventure | Storied Lives | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
So, are we quitting our desk jobs now or later?
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This article was especially intriguing to me. My husband and I have been paring down for the last couple of years toward a move to Costa Rica or Ecuador. It's inspiring to read about people who are living the life that most just aspire to.

 

Amazing stories and pictures to go along with them. Kick back, relax and dream.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/laraparker/inspiring-stories-of-people-who-left-normal-life-and-emba

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I Lived Out of My Car to Fund My Startup - Storied Lives

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Austen Allred, the co-founder of social news-sharing app Grasswire, was like any other budding entrepreneur when he set out earlier this year for the West Coast in hopes of funding his startup. He was broke.
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Stories about people are fascinating. Stories about people who do crazy things for what they believe in? Intriguing. What sets these people apart from everybody else? At what lengths will they go to achieve their dreams?

 

Read on for a story about a young man who believed in his dreams enough to sleep in his car for three months. This is the story of the co-founder of social news-sharing app--Grasswire.

 

What made him take extreme measures to see his dream unfold? I believe it is summed up in one word. Passion.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/lived-car-fund-startup-003502975.html

 

 

 

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This Mother-Daughter Duo Are Truly Inspiring - Huffington Post

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This Mother-Daughter Duo Are Truly Inspiring - Huffington Post
"For the past few weeks we at Charity Miles have been sharing inspiring stories of perseverance, strength, and above all, generosity from our community."

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I'm always on the lookout for inspiring stories about ordinary people, and I think this one truly fits the bill.

 

Read about a thriving mother-daughter team who live, love and exercise together. Ari is disabled but wanted to run with her mother.

 

Why not?

 

Team Ari was officially "born" on September 1, 2012.

 

We should all be as inspiring as this duo.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charity-miles/this-marathon-mom-and-dau_b_4116205.html

 

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Peru makes book writing into a spectator sport and invites aspiring writers into combat - Storied Lives

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In Peru, where it's hard to get a book contract, young writers put on wrestling masks and duke it out in the ring. But instead of wrestling, they're writing short stories, in front of an audience - on a clock.
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There is a new spectator sport in Peru. This is not a battle between muscled competitors, but a battle of the minds. The sport is a twist on Luca Libre, Mexico's version of pro wrestling. "Lucha Libro" is a battle between writers for a literary contract.

 

Books are hard to come by in Peru, and the competition is fierce. These two writers get three words, and five minutes to come up with a great story for a publishing contract.

 

Wonder if they might consider self-publishing?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-09-30/peru-makes-book-writing-spectator-sport-and-invites-desperate-writers-combat

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11 Famous People Who Became Homeless - San Francisco Chronicle - Storied Lives

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"11 Famous People Who Became Homeless - San Francisco Chronicle"
Not all success stories have happy endings. Sometimes the rich and famous have inspiring rags-to-riches stories.

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This article saddens me. For any person to become homeless, they had to be at the end of themselves; where were their friends, family, fans?

 

We, as a society, need to take care of each other. Life is hard. When it becomes unbearable, why not be there for each other? These are some amazing people that made it through trying circumstances--sometimes alone.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.businessinsider.com/famous-people-who-became-homeless-2013-8?op=1

 

 

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Do as the Romans do: ancient winemaking techniques revived - Telegraph

Do as the Romans do: ancient winemaking techniques revived - Telegraph | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
The techniques that the ancient Romans employed to make their beloved wine are being revived in a sun-baked corner of Italy.

Via Mariano Pallottini
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Italian historians are heading back to 2,000-year-old Roman texts to pull out knowledge of wine-making from the ancients. Why? They are attempting to reproduce the same type of wine guzzled by the emperors, legionaries and plebeians of the empire.

 

They will be using the same tools, but no machinery, no pesticides, and tying up the vines with strips of cane and twists of wood from broom bushes as Roman farmers once did.

 

The scientists have established a vineyard at Mascali, near Catania in Sicily. The wine will be organic and they are using little known grapes such as Nerello Mascalese, Visparola, Racinedda and Muscatedda. The varietals will be seven red and one white.

 

More power to them! This should produce one fine glass of wine.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10260333/Do-as-the-Romans-do-ancient-winemaking-techniques-revived.html

 

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:43 AM

Great article that shows only one side of the matter. In all world more and more wineries, understanding the feeling of the consumers, "bored" with wines of different nationality with the same taste, and fighting the international policy of alchool consuming reductions, are looking toward the eastern countries especially Georgia and Armenia to produce a more interesting product.
Qvevri (kvevri) wine making is a traditional wine making process used in Georgia. What is unique to this wine making process is the use of a large earthen ware vessel (qvevri) in which the wine is made. Basically this natural wine making process involves the use of large clay pots, lined with beeswax that is buried in the ground. Similar is the process still used in monasteries in Armenia, where the need of having wine for religious needs has preserved the most ancient process of wine making.
The qvevri wine-making method, the most cherished cultural treasure of Georgia, has been nominated to be included in UNESCO’s list celebrating the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

Italians have intercepted this world's growing phenomenon of wineries adopting "more natural" process in wine making and nowadays there are a large number of wineries following Gravner (with its "Amphora" Ribolla Gialla) the pioneer of this (partial) conversion.

It is not a surprise to see, nowadays, producers involving scientists and historians to re-propose the ancient romans process in wine making, especially because, already in those times, the method was an evolution and maybe an amelioration of the eastern one.

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5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style - Storied Lives

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Inspiring greatness is all about leading by example. The best leaders have these habits in common.

Via Fabrice De Zanet, David Hain
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Things certainly have changed since I've been in the corporate world. No more stuffy, buttoned down, doubled-breasted suits. No sir.

 

"Our research indicates that what really matters is that leaders are able to  create enthusiasm, empower their people, instill confidence and be inspiring to  the people around them," says Peter Handal, chief executive of New York  City-based Dale Carnegie Training, a leadership-training company.

 

Handal shares his 5 keys to effective leadership:

1. Face challenges

2. Win trust

3. Be authentic

4. Earn respect

5. Stay curious

 

Ask yourself: Do I possess any or all of these qualities? Could I call myself a leader?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227012?hootPostID=ce31890a30e3544bc8c1eec2afeef8ac

 

 

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10 of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice from famous entrepreneurs - - The Buffer Blog

10 of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice from famous entrepreneurs - - The Buffer Blog | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
10 counterintuitive pieces of advice from famous entrepreneurs about starting, building and growing a business.

Via Bob DeMarco
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OK. I admit I was curious and clicked in. Who wants to give or take negative advice? But apparently, the advice from these famous entrepreneurs is totally opposite the happy, chirpy, sappy stuff we usually hear.

 

Things like:

 

o Paul Graham: Don’t think big

o Leo Babauta: Don’t set goals

o Dave Goldberg: Leave the office at 5:30

o Elon Musk: Seek out negative feedback

o Jeff Bezos: Change your mind a lot

o Tim Ferriss: Don’t go all in with your business

o Nate Kontny: Stay in the building

o Reid Hoffman: Be embarrassed with your first version

o Chris Guillebeau: Provide the strongest guarantee you can

o Richard Branson: Go with your gut

 

How can we learn from advice such as these? Read the article to find out!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-of-the-most-counterintuitive-pieces-of-advice-from-famous-entrepreneurs

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To be remembered: Keller and Sullivan - The Capitol Hill Times

To be remembered: Keller and Sullivan - The Capitol Hill Times | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
Booksellers vs. Bestsellers by Jamie Lutton - The Capitol Hill Times - Female movers and shakers get written out of history. Some are forgotten, some overlooked, many turn into clichés.
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Helen Keller was both loved and despised. How can that be? She was loved for being able to achieve great things despite being deaf and blind. She was despised for her politics later in life.

 

We would do well to remember that most people are paradoxes. Most don't fit neatly into tiny little boxes. The deaf are a group of people almost completely misunderstood by society. They can't communicate with the hearing world unless the deaf person can read lips, or the hearing person has learned sign language. That creates an almost insurmountable language barrier.

 

Helen's teacher, Anne Sullivan should also be revered for the amazing work she accomplished. Her ability to bring out this greatness in Helen is nothing short of a miracle. 

 

Your circumstances should never dictate how far you can go in your life. Go no further than these two women for the proof you need.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.capitolhilltimes.com/2013/07/to-be-remembered-keller-and-sullivan/

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Laura Brown's comment, July 31, 2013 11:15 PM
We read a biographic story about Anne Sullivan when I was in grade school. I wish I knew the title so I could find the book and read it again. I've never forgotten it, parts of it especially.
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She was an amazing woman to pull Helen Keller out of herself, and help her become the person the world came to know.
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Honda's robot museum guide not yet a people person - Yahoo! News

Honda's robot museum guide not yet a people person - Yahoo! News | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

Yahoo! News TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co.'s walking, talking interactive robot is running into glitches in its new job as a museum guide in Tokyo.

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R2D2 as a museum guide? I laughed out loud before I even read the article. Glitches in this walking bucket of bolts caused a short out in his motherboard. He (Asimo) couldn't tell the difference between people raising their hands to ask a question and people raising their smartphones to take a picture.

 

Guess there are just some jobs you shouldn't replace with technology, folks! ;)

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://news.yahoo.com/hondas-robot-museum-guide-not-yet-people-person-075344999.html

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Aspiration for inspiration | LinkedIn

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A journalist recently asked me whether, after three years as ASB Bank chief executive, I was thinking about “moving on” to a new challenge.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Great advice from a top bank executive and influencer on how to stay motivated right where we are!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140901045658-308506307-aspiration-for-inspiration

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The Einstein Method for Freeing Your Creative Mind | Storied Lives

The Einstein Method for Freeing Your Creative Mind | Storied Lives | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
In 1905, Einstein introduced the world to his groundbreaking theory of special relativity. It’s a very complex theory that I couldn’t possibly begin to exp
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Most people know Einstein from his theory of relativity. As a refresher: E=MC [squared]. But how many know about his method to come up with so many good ideas?

 

Our minds, so muddled with to-do's, and bombardment from social media, need some extra blank space from somewhere.

 

The first clue from his mind is revealed in this quote: "If I had an hour to solve a problem, I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions."

 

#1 is to clarity the problem

#2 What is the nature of the problem?

 

I love the fact that Einstein used his artistic side to help him solve complex problems. Read the article to go from tiny to great thinker.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article:  http://dosomethingcool.net/the-einstein-method-for-freeing-your-creative-mind/

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Fascinating to read about a different side of a scientist from such a creative perspective. Perhaps the division is not as great as we think. Thanks to Penelope for curating this.article

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The 7 Most Ridiculous Things About The New Ban Bossy Campaign - Storied Lives

The 7 Most Ridiculous Things About The New Ban Bossy Campaign - Storied Lives | Storied Lives | Scoop.it
Ban bossy? Making people feel bad for using adjectives is pretty bossy.
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I first read of this ban bossy campaign on Sunday, when Parade Magazine did an entire spread. The premise didn't sit right with me at the time, but I couldn't articulate why.

 

I stumbled across this article by Author Hemingway, and several of the points resonated with me. It's okay to ban a word, but not ban books? We are already living in an age of the thought police, now it's going to be the word police? What happens if the word is uttered--heaven forbid? Will people start getting arrested?

 

One of the ban the bossy word bosses, Sandberg, has become a billionaire, ostensibly stemming from being a bit bossy. Now she wants to run a campaign to ban the word?

 

My question is why?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article:  http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/11/the-7-most-ridiculous-things-about-the-new-ban-bossy-campaign/#disqus_thread

 

 

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 4, 2014 2:31 PM
Use simply sassy. It's sexier and prettier, and rhymes not so well but anyway. Besides, there is an article on http://Lurkmore.to for grammar nazi (in russian). You called it thought police, but it's known since very long time in the low life,,,
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10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal - Storied Lives

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Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing.


Via Chris Shern, Bobby Dillard
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This is a great post to start off the new year. Unique routines. We all have them. They can be fairly tame or outright crazy. I was especially interested in routines of the writers in the bunch.

 

Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed on the importance of writing daily:

"Writing forces you to locate your clarity."

 

Radio host Garrison Keillor makes sure to get into the “observable world.”

 

See if you can find a routine that sparks a new idea in you!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://99u.com/articles/21137/10-creative-rituals-you-should-steal

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Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done.

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Intersesting perspective on daily activity for leaders.

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America's Most Famous Haunted Houses—Plus, Spooky Decor Ideas - PARADE

America's Most Famous Haunted Houses—Plus, Spooky Decor Ideas - PARADE | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

PARADE- Can't get enough Halloween? Well, you might want to try on a spookier life for a few nights by renting one of America's most famous haunted houses.

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Here's a fun little read, just in time for trick-or-treaters, mini Snicker bars, and carved pumpkins.

 

Haunted houses? I'm not so sure, but I would not want to stay overnight in one to find out. And there is even one in West Palm Beach--my neck of the woods.

 

Are they or aren't they?

 

Boo!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.parade.com/221856/rachelweingarten/americas-most-famous-haunted-houses-plus-spooky-decor-ideas/

 

 

 

 

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Controversial Historian Claims "This 600-year-old map proves the 'traditional story of Columbus discovering the New World is absolute fantasy, it’s fairy tales.” - Storied Lives

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TheBlaze.com - Controversial historian claims this 600-year-old map proves the 'traditional  story of Columbus discovering the New World is absolute fantasy, it’s fairy tales.” 

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Okay. This guy has totally burst my bubble of everything I thought I knew about discovery of the New World. However, many academics are still unconvinced by his theory.

 

According to Yahoo! News, Menzies has been dismissed by critics as a “pseudo-historian” because of some of his outlandish claims they say are not rooted in historical fact. The author has also reportedly claimed that the mythological city of Alantis was real.

 

He's created controversy--and hey--sometimes that's all it takes to get thousands of books sold. So I give him kudos there.

 

Do I believe his theory? I'm not sure. Read for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/08/controversial-historian-claims-this-600-year-old-map-proves-the-traditional-story-of-columbus-discovering-america-is-absolute-fantasy/

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Kenya shopping mall attack: Stories of the heroes and the victims - The Independent

Kenya shopping mall attack: Stories of the heroes and the victims - The Independent | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

The Independent
Kenya shopping mall attack: Stories of the heroes and the victims

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Unfortunately, some of the most extraordinary stories rise up out of horrific tragedies. We can only imagine how we might react in a similar situation.

 

Our hearts go out to all of the families who have lost loved ones.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/kenya-shopping-mall-attack-stories-of-the-heroes-and-the-victims--from-a-boy-who-took-on-terrorists-to-the-offduty-sas-soldier-8837303.html

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11 Quotes from Sir Richard Branson on Business, Leadership, and Passion

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Richard Barnson shares his common sense secrets of success.

Via Ally Greer
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Many are fascinated with Sir Richard Branson and all that he has been able to accomplish in his lifetime.

 

I love to read about and learn from successful entrepreneurs; what is their daily routine, what kinds of decisions do they make, and what trials have they have had to overcome to make it to their mountaintops?

 

Take a little time out of your day for some inspiration from one of the world's most intriguing CEO's. Here are a few:

 

“Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?”


“You can never go too far wrong by thinking like a customer who’s new to the business.”

 

“The time to go into a new business is when it’s badly run by others.”

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2013/03/16/11-quotes-from-sir-richard-branson-on-business-leadership-and-passion/

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Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more - USA TODAY

Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more - USA TODAY | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more USA TODAY."

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Many writers today must work second jobs to make ends meet, and these famous authors were no different. From the reclusive Harper Lee, to the very social Bethany Frankel, these authors worked many an odd job while honing their writing skills. Much of what they saw probably influenced their literary works.

 

It is interesting to read that before Harper wrote the legendary, "To Kill a Mockingbird," she was an airline ticket agent before she was bankrolled by a generous couple to spend a year in full time writing. Anne Rice, of "Interview with a Vampire," was an insurance claims examiner. Not many vampires in that line of work.

 

There are nine interesting stories in all. These are famous authors who worked in the trenches just like the rest of us, but had dreams and never gave up on those dreams.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/12/authors-early-jobs/2644469/

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Big failure, big success. 12 people to keep you going.

Big failure, big success. 12 people to keep you going. | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

"Oprah was fired from one of her early anchor gigs, after being labelled “unfit."

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Motivation. It ebbs and flows. We all need a little boost from time to time to give us the strength to keep going. How about motivation from people who are extremely successful but experienced great failures?

 

Such as:

 

o Michael Jordan being cut from his high school basketball team

 

o Emily Dickinson having only a handful of poems published--during her lifetime

 

o Stephenie Mayer, Twilight Author had 9 rejections--until receiving $750K for a three book deal.

 

o Tim Ferriss had 26 publishing rejections for The 4-Hour Workweek – which spent months on The New York Times Bestseller list.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Read on for 8 more inspiring stories: http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/big-failure-big-success-12-people-to-keep-you-going/

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College instructor lives in recycled house - Philly.com

College instructor lives in recycled house - Philly.com | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

"College instructor lives in recycled house. This July 3, 2013 photo shows Park County resident Jeff Moore."

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How would you like to live in a grain silo? In light of Hugh Howey's fabulously popular "Wool," this college instructor is actually doing just that--by choice!

 

Keeping in mind that he did a lot of salvaging and repurposing, the house ended up costing $40 per square foot, about 1/3 of the cost of standard homes. He has everything he needs, along with wireless internet!

 

What I loved about this story is that it led him to a new career--in green building. He now teaches green design building classes for the Residential Building  Performance Program at Gallatin College in Montana.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.philly.com/philly/home/College_instructor_lives_in_recycled_house.html

 

 

 

 

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Work Smarter: Softline's Ivan Epstein Offers His Advice | Entrepreneur Magazine

Work Smarter: Softline's Ivan Epstein Offers His Advice | Entrepreneur Magazine | Storied Lives | Scoop.it

By getting the basics right, you get more out of your day."

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I love reading advice from successful people. Even if I pick up one new tidbit that will help boost my productivity and performance, it is well worth the read.

 

The advice given is from the founder of Softline, Evan Epstein. Although I'm not familiar with the company, his advice is very solid for anyone in any profession.

 

For instance, he only checks his e-mail when he can fully concentrate on them, usually later in the evening. He also says it is about the QUALITY of your time, not how LONG you work. According to Mr. Epstein, the KEY to success is to be able to take an idea and EXECUTE it.

 

Read the article to pick up your own personal tidbits you can use for a successful business life.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/advice/success-stories/lessons-learnt/work-smarter-softlines-ivan-epstein-offers-his-advice/

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