Client Success Video: ARS Rescue Rooter

ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national HVAC and Plumbing company serving more than one million homeowners per year, had two goals in 2018. The first was to increase revenue, and the second was to increase their new customer base. They have achieved both of their goals, and have already seen more than $ 1.3 million in revenue from their partnership with Modernize. Watch their success story above or read the interview below to learn more.

What is your role with ARS Rescue Rooter?

“My name’s Michelle Jakubiak and I’m the East Zone  Marketing Manager for ARS/Rescue Rooter. ARS/Rescue Rooter is a national HVAC and Plumbing company with 70+ locations nationwide and we provide more than 1 million homeowners per year with heating, cooling, and plumbing needs daily.”

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“Number one, obviously, revenue growth. Number two, customer base growth. Our main goal is to help as many homeowners as we can, and the bulk of the Modernize leads are from new homeowners so we’ve definitely seen the increase in both revenue and our customer base.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“When we first started working with Modernize, we saw it as any other marketing channel. But we quickly realized with the volume of leads they were able to drive to our zone every month, we knew we had never seen growth like this in other channels. It quickly became a big priority and I spoke with my Account Manager multiple times. We also had to communicate with our branches right away to be sure they were able to handle the volume that was coming in because there was quite a bit.”

What are some fundamental elements to the relationship?

“Above all is performance. From my personal standpoint, a lot comes down to the Account Manager. How in tune they are to our business, how urgent are they with our different requests, how quickly do they get back to us when we have requests, and our Account Manager, Gail, has been amazing. It’s kind of a win on both sides: It’s a win with the performance on the revenue and lead growth, but then we also have a win with our Account Manager. I couldn’t be happier!”

What is your advice for companies that are looking to grow with Modernize?

“For other businesses looking to grow, I definitely think Modernize is a great option. They definitely excel in lead generation, but within your business, you can drive leads all day long but operationally, how are you handling those leads from the time that the lead comes in to the time that revenue is generated? It’s not necessarily all about driving a lead, it’s about making sure that the lead turns into revenue.”

How impactful has Modernize been to your business?

“With Modernize, we’ve been able to add $ 1.3 million in gross revenue over the past three months. It’s been a big increase.”

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Client Success Video: Zoi Solar

Centrally located in Austin, Zoi Solar designs, builds, and installs residential solar panels in the greater Texas area as well as other key markets in the United States. They’re a growing company with a lean sales team, which made them a perfect fit for the Modernize Appointments product. Watch the video above or read their story below to hear how their choice to add Modernize Appointments to their salesforce has doubled their sales growth.

What is your role with Zoi Solar?

“My name is Robert Brunson, I’m the Senior Vice President of Zoi Solar, and we bring in technology to help homeowners not only save money on their utility bills, but also to take them to the future.”

What kind of growth have you seen since partnering with Modernize?

“We’ve seen basically a double growth in our sales, so we’re very happy about it. It supplements what we’re doing right now, but eventually we want to move in that direction completely so it takes over our organization as far as a sale channel.”

How have Modernize Appointments helped your business grow?

“We really like the product as a small company because obviously our cash flow is low as a smaller company, but as we grow it gives us the ability to turn-key something out without building out a call center. Salespeople traditionally aren’t good at follow-ups – they’re good at selling. We want to take that out of their hands and simply send them to an appointment to let them do what they’re good at. So, I’m very pleased with the product.”

Revenue aside, what is something you value in your relationship with Modernize?

“Most companies are very transactional, and I’m really excited about our relationship with Modernize because we’re diving deep into each other’s companies and trying to improve each other and raise the bar. That’s what I’m really excited about and how my new relationship is progressing.”

What separates Modernize from other marketing companies?

“A lot of time there are marketing companies that are fly-by-night that aren’t very professional and they’re inconsistent. So, we’re looking for somebody that can consistently show up and be professional in their presence in the market with us.”

What is your advice for companies that are looking to grow with Modernize?

“The keys to being successful with Modernize is simply understanding the process and the metrics.Once you understand those things, you can work to improve the inefficiencies within those elements. What we want to do is figure out what exactly our process is, refine that, and see how we can improve those metrics on both side of the equation.”

Can you describe your relationship with Modernize in one word?

“There are multiple bottom lines in any relationship. Obviously we’re here for business and making money is very very important, but it’s not what we’re focused on. Money is a side effect of being good at what you do and loving what you do. My relationship with Modernize is a success on multiple levels. ”

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Positioning Inner City Businesses for Long-Term Success

Many small business owners aspire to grow and create jobs, but need the necessary information, tools and resources to do so successfully. To help fill the gap, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, in collaboration with Inner City Capital Connections, recently provided an opportunity for small business owners in underserved areas of Los Angeles and San Bernardino to gain expert advice.

Eighty ambitious entrepreneurs attended ICCC’s free, kick-off seminar at the Hilton San Gabriel, where they received executive education and instruction on how to access capital to take their businesses to the next level. The 10-hour day ended with personalized coaching sessions. Several Kaiser Permanente Southern California executives were paired with finance/consulting experts to provide this coaching.

Kaiser Permanente is in its third consecutive year sponsoring ICCC. The sponsorship is in partnership with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City — the national nonprofit research and advisory organization that supports ICCC — to reduce income disparity and improve lives by promoting local microeconomies. This support of small businesses allows them to grow, hire more people, and contribute to creating a thriving community.

Kaiser Permanente understands well why this work is so important. Economic, social and environmental factors in communities — beyond the medical care provided – greatly affect people’s health. Economic security, for example, is vital to enabling a person to afford nutritious food, have secure housing, attain a good education and access health care services — all critical elements for quality of life.

“Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said John Yamamoto, vice president, community health, government relations, and community engagement, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Kaiser Permanente promotes local economic vitality in under-resourced areas because the social and economic conditions in our communities profoundly influence the health of people who live, work, and play there.”

Experienced presenters share practical tips

Seminar attendee Beate Chelette, owner of The Growth Architect, which specializes in growing, building, and scaling businesses, appreciated the event.

“The quality of speakers is like a ‘Who’s Who,’” said Chelette, noting that experienced faculty from distinguished institutions such as Harvard Business School and executives from various types of financial institutions participated. “They offered information that makes you think of your business on a high level of strategic positioning. They stressed the importance of making sure that there’s a cohesive plan aligned with that strategy, with a clear end goal.”

Richard Pallay Jr., BusinessSource director, economic and workforce development department, City of Los Angeles, encouraged entrepreneurs not to be intimidated by the program’s high caliber of presenters. “The speakers are very approachable,” Pallay said. “They give practical information that can be applied immediately to help these businesses expand, employ more people and better people’s lives.”

Inspiring cohort makes ICCC history

Chelette’s small business is one of 107 organizations that ICCC accepted into the Los Angeles/San Bernardino group. The cohort’s profile is especially impressive. In fact, 59 percent of the small businesses are women-owned — making Los Angeles/San Bernardino the largest cohort of women-owned businesses in ICCC’s 13-year history nationwide.

“Women’s entrepreneurship has increased dramatically during the past few years, driven by the desire for personal and financial independence, wealth creation and the willingness of capital providers to invest in successful, growing businesses that demonstrate gender, racial and ethnic diversity,” said Steve Grossman, chief executive officer, ICIC. “Kaiser Permanente’s extraordinary commitment to increasing its spending with certified women- and minority-owned businesses has undoubtedly played a meaningful role in the unique results from the Los Angeles area cohort.”

Additionally, 70 percent of the cohort’s businesses are minority-owned, and 55 percent are seeking capital. The businesses from a wide range of industries also have on average:

  • 16 years in operations
  • $ 2.6 million in annual revenues
  • 13 full-time employees

ICCC program alum Vanessa Faggiolly said what she and her mother Nora Saca learned helped them to transform Amerisal, LLC, their food distribution company of imported goods.

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Vanessa Faggiolly was one of many small business owners who attended the event.

“ICCC had such a big influence on me,” said Faggiolly, chief financial officer, Amerisal, LLC. “When we first started our business, we only had four products for distribution. Now we have more than 50 and we’re growing every day. I am so thankful to Kaiser Permanente for its vision to help small business owners succeed.”

Next steps

After completing the opening seminar, business owners will receive another approximately 32 hours of coaching and webinars. “We call it ‘a mini MBA on steroids,’” Grossman said. They will also have an opportunity to attend a culmination event in Boston, where they can network and make pitches to capital providers, like the real-life TV show, “Shark Tank” — only “kinder and gentler,” Grossman said.

Since Kaiser Permanente’s first sponsorship of the ICCC program’s introduction three years ago, approximately 300 businesses have been mentored in Southern California. Kaiser Permanente San Diego is up next. They will launch the San Diego small business cohort on Sept. 27. The Southern California Region has led the way for the program. Kaiser Permanente Northern California will have a cohort in Sacramento this year. Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States started a Baltimore cohort in July.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s work in the community, visit

For more information about ICIC and its ICCC program, visit

Thank You to the Educators and Mentors

A special thank you to our Kaiser Permanente colleagues for contributing their knowledge and energy as mentors.

Kaiser Permanente Executives
• Greg Christian, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, San Bernardino County Area
• Anthony Coleman, Assistant Hospital Administrator, San Bernardino County Area
• Rita Essaian, SCPMG HR Executive Administrator
• Trish Lopez, Chief Financial Officer, San Bernardino County Area
• Ken Rivers, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
• Murtaza Sanwari, Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center

• Dobbin Bookman, Program Director, Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School; Principal, TBG Advisory
• Susan Perkins, Visiting Professor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Associate Professor of Strategic Management, University of Illinois-Chicago
• Steven Rogers, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
• Gail Taylor, Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Business Faculty
• Brian Chow, Vice President, St. Cloud Capital, LLC
• Alexander Eng, Senior Vice President and Market Executive, Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Alex Guerrero, Business Development Officer, VEDC
• Lara O’Connor Hodgson, President and Chief Executive Officer, NOW Corp
• Antonio Pizano, Vice President and Director of CDFI Lending, The Small Business Finance Fund
• Jonathan Tower, General Partner, Arctaris
• Antonio Zate, Senior Vice President – SBA Lending, Bank of America

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Kim Kardashian to Discuss Kylie’s Entrepreneurial Success on Big Boy’s Show

Kim Kardashian will appear on Big Boy’s show Big Boy’s Neighborhood to talk about Kylie Jenner’s phenomenal success with her Kylie Cosmetics makeup company.

The two will also chat about North handling life as a big sister, embarrassing moments, and her feelings about Kourtney.

The conversation delves into her relationship with Kanye West including how they met, who pays when the couple goes out to dinner, and addresses break-up rumors. Of course, Kardashian will also dish on the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

The episode airs today. The first of two new episodes will run at 6 PM ET on FM-Fuse Music.

Big Boy’s Neighborhood is a televised version of his iHeartMedia nationally syndicated radio show. The show’s host made headlines in 2012 when he lost more than 200 pounds after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

Kim Kardashian and the Family’s Midas Touch

The Kardashian clan has formed what can only be described as a money-making empire. Recently, mobile game maker Glu Mobile, reported a 20% increase in revenue thanks to its “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” app, reports Variety. The app accounts for $ 8 million of the company’s in-app revenue.

Forbes also recently reported that Kylie Jenner is on track to build a billionaire fortune with her successful makeup line. She became the buzz of the business world after she appeared on the latest cover of Forbes. However, the magazine received backlash after asserting Jenner was “self-made,” a description critics said should not apply to one born into a wealthy family.

There were also some eyebrows raised over the fact that a black-woman owned cosmetics company, Pat McGrath Labs, secured a $ 60 million deal from New York-based investment firm Eurazeo Brands at nearly the same time the Forbes article went live. Some beauty industry insiders speculated that Pat McGrath Labs’ valuation hit $ 1 billion perhaps surpassing that of Kylie Jenner’s company (valued at $ 800 million). That news did not receive as much wide-spread coverage as the Forbes’ article on Jenner.

Here’s a clip of the upcoming episode:


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Client Success Video: Sears Home Improvement

Sears Home Services, the nation’s largest repair service provider, is a key constituent of the Sears Holdings brand that has been a mainstay in American homes for more than 100 years. More than seven million homeowners utilize Sears Home Services each year for their HVAC, Windows, Siding, and Roofing installation needs, making them one of the true titans of the home improvement industry.

In 2012, the Fortune 200 company partnered with Modernize to grow their HVAC, Windows, and Roofing revenue profitably by increasing their digital footprint. In a recent interview, Sears Home Services’ Senior Marketing Manager, Janice Barbosa, discussed the impetus to partner with Modernize. Watch the video above or read the interview below!

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“We’ve established our position in search and email and a variety of places where we are capturing homeowners that are looking for a select Sears. There’s also the opportunity to work with partners like Modernize who also are attracting homeowners – homeowners who may not know who they want to work with. We want to make sure we have the opportunity to talk to those homeowners as well.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“The biggest evolution has been in the transparency and data flow – between us and modernize and modernize and us. Also, the quality of insights that we’ve been able to gain. In the early days, our focus was on volume. As we’ve gotten smarter about how that volume performs, we can make decisions to make adjustments that makes that volume better.”

What are some fundamental elements to the relationship?

“Transparency. In a partnership like this, you have to be able to share information and use it to create better performance for both parties. We want to be sure we’re getting the right homeowners that we can satisfy. Obviously, Modernize wants to be able to deliver homeowners and satisfy them as well. If we can both do that by sharing information and learning more about what’s working and what isn’t, then we can both do a good job in that space.”

How important is lead generation to your marketing strategy?

“I think when you look at homeowners and where they go for information, there’s been a real revolution. Some homeowners will pick a brand or a company they want to work with, but many of them just want to be educated. They want to be matched with quality contractors without doing an enormous amount of homework. What we’ve seen is a big growth of homeowners that want to use a partner that’s going to match them with contractors they want to work with. I think for us, it’s understanding the importance of that channel, and making sure that we have relationships so we can talk to those homeowners as well.”

What is your advice for new companies that are looking to grow with Modernize?

“You have to focused on your own brand and your own efforts to have homeowners choose you. You also have to understand homeowner behavior and how it’s changed. Know that many homeowners want to have that matching process occur through a third party, and that you develop those relationships so you’re present with companies like Modernize who are bringing in homeowners through that process.”

Describe your relationship with Modernize in one word.

“Partnership. I think partnership means transparency and a joint objective for success on both sides. It means finding ways to solve problems together. I think in a true partnership, you’re creating scenarios that help you both grow over time.”

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Muslim Stylist Hullema Reddick Finds Success In Haircare Business

According to a Pew Research Center estimate, Muslims comprise over 23% of the global population, but the haircare industry struggles to represent Muslim women. Haircare is for everyone; whether or not Muslim women choose to show their hair in public. Hullema Reddick, color stylist and owner of HStylez Hair studio in Philadelphia, is Muslim and wears a hijab which places her in a unique situation of acceptance—by both the beauty industry and her Muslim faith family. Known as “The Covered Colorist” Reddick has already grossed over $ 100,000 in sales in 2018 and continues to be a champion for Muslim women in the beauty industry.


The obvious lack of representation of Muslim women in the beauty industry has provided Reddick with an interesting perspective on being Muslim while also being a stylist. “It has enlightened me to the prejudices within the industry, and secondly it’s made me realize that women [Muslim and non-Muslim] are looking for meaningful and relatable inspiration,” says Reddick.


For Reddick, being able to provide relatable inspiration oftentimes comes with backlash from those in the Muslim community because of her chosen profession. Some view it as a contradiction to her religious belief.


“I am always confused about. I have yet to see where in Islam it says that we cannot beautify ourselves or be the source of the beautification process. Contrary to popular belief, it is one of the teachings of Islam that a woman should beautify herself, and look beautiful for her husband.”


To some, being fully covered from head to toe and being a stylist is considered taboo or unheard of. But as a small woman-owned business, Reddick does not allow the beauty industry to ostracize her, nor does she let those within her own community with an opposing view keep her from growing.


“I refuse to compromise my belief system just to fit in,” says Reddick. “I have had to make a stand that my talent speaks for itself and my appearance does not define me or my expertise.” Constantly evolving in her craft and enhancing her skills, Reddick finds new ways to create new looks. “I pride myself on giving a vibe you can’t find anywhere else. I pride myself in knowing that I am an artist.”


With a growing business and a focus on changing the perspective that Muslim women have no place in the beauty industry, Reddick has some very straightforward advice for young Muslim women interested in a similar career path.


“Remain firm in your belief and don’t compromise. Allow your creativity to open doors for you, and know with an unwavering sincerity that what’s for you is for you. What’s meant for you will not pass you. In addition, do not allow what people say discourage you. Not everyone is going to like what you’re doing, but keep in mind, you’re doing this for you not everyone else. Let what people can’t appreciate about you be that thing that makes you go harder.”

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From Bad-Boy Boyfriend to America’s Dad: How Milo Ventimigla Survived Hollywood and Found Lasting Success

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BET Genius Talks: Secrets to Success from Yvonne Orji, T.I., Charles King, and More

BET recently wrapped up their 18th annual award show over the weekend and presented a series of Genius Talks that were knowledgeable, insightful, and some, downright funny. Peep the highlights below.

Charles King and Terry Crews

During the 60 seconds with a Genius segment sponsored by AT&T, Crews asks King, what advice do you have for a young actor who wants to get put on? “Hone your craft, whether you’re doing local theater, whether you’re studying at school with an acting coach, whether you’re shooting videos with your friends, practice, practice, practice, practice.”


LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Charles D. King and Terry Crews speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)


Yvonne Orji and Jemele Hill

We tweeted this, and the numbers jumped so we know the folks at home were feelin’ it. Between Orji’s extreme comic relief, that woman is beyond funny, she said something that completely stood out and led to gasps from the audience, “Never let your talent or your gifts take you to a place that your character can’t keep you.”

Let that sink in.


LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Yvonne Orji and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)


Mona Scott-Young and Jemele Hill

Scott-Young’s major keys:

  • “The first step is visualizing what you want to accomplish and the next step is actually taking the step.”
  • “If you’re focused, diligent, committed and consistent and the talent is there, then (your success) is inevitable.”



LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Mona Scott-Young (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)


Omari Hardwick and Jemele Hill

Sometimes the no, will get you to the yes.

Hill asked Hardwick, ‘During your lowest point, what was your big break?’ “It was either a backup of firefighting, then the day that I said no to the fire department, which I had passed all the tests to be admitted on, hours later after saying no to LA city fire department … I got a call that Spike Lee was gone be my first boss in life.”


LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Omari Hardwick (L) and Jemele Hill speak onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)


T.I. and Jemele Hill

Stand your ground.

When Hill asked Tip about the Super Bowl coming to Atlanta, T.I.’s response was one for the records. “I have made a conscious decision not to support the NFL this year. I think there’s a violation of constitutional rights that’s being implemented to minority players who choose to have a peaceful silent protest.”

Enough said.


LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: T.I. speaks onstage at the Genius Talks sponsored by AT&T during the 2018 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for BET)



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Client Success Video: Mr. Roof

Under the ownership of Crane Renovation Group, Mr. Roof and Able Roof specialize in roof repairs and installations with a dedication to serve their homeowners with superior service, quality work, and a fair price. The award-winning company has become the largest residential roofing company in the United States, and Jim Ziminski, President of Mr. Roof, Able Roof, and Crane Renovation Group, is a veteran in the industry with more than 30 years under his tool belt.

The partnership between Crane Renovation Group and Modernize began in 2016 when Jim Ziminski sought additional revenue growth channels. Ziminski explains, “Our initial goal in working with Modernize was to create more opportunities for our sales team. We wanted to be able to reach consumers in a different way than we were able to do so on our own. Ultimately, we wanted to learn from Modernize, have Modernize learn from us and be good partners to expand our business”. Watch the video above or read the story below to hear more about our partnership with Mr. Roof.

What is your ultimate goal in working with Modernize?

“Our initial goal in working with Modernize was to create more opportunities for our sales team. I think as we’ve learned Modernize and built a relationship with Modernize, our goal was to learn faster and better by sharing information back and forth.”

How has your relationship with modernize evolved over time?

“The basis of the relationship was to build trust. Once we built that trust, it’s evolved to where we share more information and data. We love to look at research and data, Modernize does as well, and when we do that together, we’re more powerful as a unit than we are individually.”

What are some fundamental elements to the relationship?

“We are a family-oriented business. We’re owned by Crane group that’s been in business for 70 years, so the two things that are most important to us are trust and value.”

How would you have started your relationship with Modernize differently?

“At the start, we were testing the waters. I think we were too public about that with our people which led to cherry-picking the leads. The reality was that people saw that we weren’t fully committed at the beginning. Once we fully committed and we really began to look at the process, learn, and open up what we were experiencing with Modernize and saw that they wanted to hear our good and negative feedback in order to improve. People saw we were all in, we really got much better at working together and creating more value for us with the Modernize leads.”

What would be your advice for companies looking to grow with Modernize?

“Get together with your Modernize representative and share your information – They’re a very trustworthy company. Ask them to share their information – Modernize is very open. Learn from one another – that’s really the power. You’re going to learn faster if you’re working together instead of keeping them at arm’s length.”

How would you describe Modernize in one word?

“In one word, we would say value. We value the relationship.”

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Watch: Willow Smith Shocks Jada By Revealing She Used to Cut Herself After the Success of ‘Whip My Hair’ [Video]

Willow Smith says she lost her sanity during the peak of her childhood fame.

On the second episode of “Red Table Talk,” Willow, her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones openly discussed loss. When asked about her biggest loss, Willow disclosed something that she had never told her family about.

“I would have to say … honestly I feel like I lost my sanity at one point,” the 17-year-old singer and model said. “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and I just had stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of like, just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything, like, I can do besides this?’”

Willow released “Whip My Hair” in 2010 and it skyrocketed Willow to make — she was just 9-years-old.

She continued:

“After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album,” Willow added. “And I was like — I’m not gonna do that. And after all of that kinda settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music, and it was just so crazy and I was just like plunged into this black hole, and I was, like, cutting myself.”

Jada and Adrienne couldn’t believe what they were hearing.

Willow said she had never told anyone except for one friend and even showed her mom an old scar on her wrist.

“I never talk about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life, but you have to pull yourself … out of it,” she said. “I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain, but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”

We have to commend Jada for her compassionate reaction to Willow’s revelation. We can’t imagine that, as a mother, hearing your daughter say she used to cut herself is easy.

Watch the full episode below.

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Despite Black Panther’s Success, Black Content Creators Still Can’t Get Projects Funded

While the cultural impact and box-office success of Black Panther has proven that it is in movie studios’ best financial interests to fund and produce diverse films with diverse casts and perspectives, the general consensus at Black Public Media’s first Story Summit was that black, independent content creators still have a long way to go in getting their projects funded.

Within three months of DeShuna Spencer launching KweliTV in 2015, the interactive platform that exclusively steams independent films and web series curated from the African diaspora received nearly a thousand subscribers and 7,800 registered users. Since then, Spencer has attended, pitched, and won numerous competitions over the past three years but the venture capital she’d been looking to raise still hasn’t materialized. One of the white venture capitalists that had agreed to meet with her even pressed her on the need for her platform.

“Don’t you guys have BET?,” he asked.

Spencer wasn’t surprised at all. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, as a young girl she had been told she didn’t look like she was from Africa. As a teenager, she had seen ads on television asking for donations for black African children who looked like they’d been instructed to gaze into the camera with their suffering eyes and almost always had flies around them. If she had seen the ads, she was sure her schoolmates had seen them too, which is why she takes her mission of diversifying black stories very seriously.

Spencer, who is bullish about her work, said content creators need to show something different: “Keep pushing and when it’s [the film project’s] done, we’ll get it on KweliTV.”

I do take it personally when it comes to telling and curating our stories,””Spencer told a packed room at the Google offices in New York. City

The ultimate question posed to the panelists on Diversifying Blackness at Black Public Media’’ first Story Summit: how does the black community grow its selection of black stories about black people that studios are willing to take on?

For Shukree Tilghman, its about access and power.

The root of making influence is about having power. You really have to have full control. When you’re running your own show, you get to bring in your own people,” said Tilghman, who joined NBC’s critically acclaimed show This Is Us as a writer in 2017.

To go from an independent filmmaker to being funded, Tilghman, who has contributed to numerous film and television projects, said investors also need to find smart people whose projects have already been funded by organizations like Black Public Media (BPM).

Founded in 1979 to encourage the development of films and television programs about the black experience, Black Public Media has provided seed money for filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Stanley Nelson, Shola Lynch, and Byron Hurt early on in their careers.

Angela Tucker, a film producer and director in New Orleans, whose 2017 dramedy Intersection was funded by BPM, said creators just need to tell their own stories truthfully. “There are stories I’d like to tell that I won’t be able to, because of funding,” she said. Tucker, whose projects had never been funded as an individual said it not only helps filmmakers make their dreams come true, but that it also gives them confidence—to create more.

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Client Success Video: American Exteriors

We sat down with Lance Kaiser, President and CEO of American Exteriors. Historically, American Exteriors would use canvassing as their central method to create new business. They turned to Modernize in 2016 to shift their strategy toward digital marketing, and have been growing their Windows vertical ever since.

Can you tell us about American Exteriors?

“Our company is very nimble, very dynamic. We’re the industry leader. We have incredible employees that care about the customer and the customer’s needs and the problems they have with their when they come to us. Whether they need windows to be replaced or siding on their new home to make it beautiful, we want to be the first person they call when they have a home improvement need.”

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“When we started working with Modernize, we were new to digital marketing. We had been a canvass organization and we needed to get into the digital space. We typically like to align ourselves with industry leaders and Modernize is exactly that.”

What advice can you provide to new partners working with Modernize?

“Advice I would give is to partner with Modernize. Let it become a give and take relationship. Listen to them – they are experts in their field. Make sure that you know what you want to achieve and communicate what you want to achieve with Modernize.”

What advice do you have for homeowners?

“Know that Modernize works with only the best contractors. They choose people that are professionals, people that have A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), people that will take care of you and take care of your home’s needs.”

What is your outlook for 2018 with Modernize?

“I think the relationship will just continue to grow stronger. We realize with digital marketing, it’s a marathon – not a sprint. They know what our goals are, and they know that they will be there for the long haul.”

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Client Success Video: 1-800-Hansons

Brian Elias, President of 1-800-Hansons, recently spoke about the success he has found in his partnership with Modernize. Hansons is the largest home remodeling company in Michigan and Ohio, focusing on replacement windows, vinyl siding, roofing, insulation, and gutters. With a dedicated mission to grow their window vertical, the partnership between Hansons and Modernize began in 2012. Read below or watch the video above to hear their success story with Modernize.

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“They get a good partner that obviously wants to purchase their service. What I get is a whole lot of people interested in my services because they know how to get leads.I appreciate that in my world because really, at the end of the day, I’m in the new business business. I’m always looking for something to help my business grow, and I’m lucky to have Modernize as a partner of mine.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“Like all relationships, our relationship has evolved. Sometimes they grow together, and sometimes they grow apart. We’ve all had companies we’ve done business with where those relationships grow apart but Modernize is interested in my business and they want to see what they can do to help my business grow. That is their only goal. For that, I appreciate them which is why I’m here doing this video.”

How would you describe your relationship with modernize?

“When I think of a relationship, I think of a marriage. All marriages have ups and downs, but it’s how they come together to build something. Although I’ve had very little ups and downs with Modernize, I can tell you this: The relationship gets stronger every year like a good marriage does.”

What is your advice for companies looking to grow through digital marketing?

“What you do is team up with a company who is going to be your partner, who’s going to be your friend, but they’re going to be your trusted advisor. They’re going to tell you how to spend your money wisely, so you get a whole lot of return on your investment. Because at the end of the day, that’s what you’re looking for.”

Describe your relationship with modernize in one word.

“Team. When I think of Modernize, I think of a really good team. They have hundreds of people working to make sure that I get more leads. For that, I love them”

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Help For Medicine Donated To EHT Family Success Center By Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.


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3 Negotiation and Money Moves Success Stories For Women

Salary negotiation is a partial solution to the gender pay gap, yet many women struggle with making the ask for more money, flexibility, or opportunity. We caught up with a few corporate professionals and women entrepreneurs for their best negotiation tips.

Nathalie Cazeau, Recruiter, Capstone Hill Search Limited

Women have so much to offer, yet we always find ourselves hesitant to talk about our worth and values when it comes to negotiating, which hurts us in the long run. When offered a salary, don’t be afraid to present a counteroffer, especially if the one offered is not between 15% to 20% above your current salary. Have a range in mind, but always seek a salary offer at the top of the range. For instance, if you’re seeking a salary of $ 75,000, don’t propose a range of $ 70,000- $ 75,000, because the employer will most likely lowball you.

Jennifer (Young) McNeil, Project Manager, PulseLearning Global

While I was interviewing and hiring as a project manager at Computer Sciences Corp. and C2 Technologies, I was always disappointed when a woman would accept the first offer I made. In my experience, men never accepted the first offer. I always had at least another $ 2,000 a year or so I could offer a candidate, without even going back to my boss for approval. Or I could agree to a one-time hiring bonus. Or maybe your clincher is an additional vacation. Don’t be afraid to ask. No one withdraws an offer because you asked for more!

You will never catch up if you don’t start on even footing. Ask for a raise when you’ve earned it. Twice I was given pseudo-promotions—the kind with more responsibility, but no job title or salary increase. The first one, I refused to take until I got the title. If I were moving from being the programmer to the supervisor, I would have the supervisor title or no deal. Responsibilities without authority never work well. The second time, after proving I could do the job, I asked for the raise I’d earned.

Vallicia Lowe, Business Technology Delivery Manager at Accenture

As a consultant, I work with clients in different locations. Last year I had the opportunity to work on my first project away from home. I have a 3-year-old daughter, so I couldn’t see myself being away from her for so long. Since every client must sit down with the consultant prior to the start of the project, I decided to do an early breakfast meeting. Initially, we discussed our experiences and some of her daily concerns in her role, basically what keeps her up at night. I asked what their immediate needs were and long-term plans for their future development. I made it very clear how I could help, my only concern was being away from home. I asked would it be possible for the company to provide corporate housing rather than a hotel. The client understood and I was able to live with my daughter in a beautiful luxury apartment around the corner from the office. It was the most liberating feeling in the world to stand up for myself and be able to effectively communicate my ability to meet my clients’ short-term and long-term needs.

I start the negotiation highlighting how I can support the business or organization and the added value I can provide outside of the scope of the role. Also highlighting how most businesses pay two people for the level of service you’re able to provide is helpful. If you can clearly relay a story on how you’ve accomplished this in the past, I believe it truly helps the client understand the value you add.

I’ve learned to have to faith in the biblical saying, “You have not because you ask not.” Meaning, if you don’t ask you’ll never know what you could’ve received.

Stay tuned for our women entrepreneurs. 

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Client Success Video: Bridging the Gap Between Sales and Marketing with Homefix Custom Remodeling

Recently, we sat down with Keith Sinnot, Chief Marketing Officer, and Ryan Howie, Senior Vice President of Operations, from Homefix Custom Remodeling (HCR). Modernize has supplied Homefix Custom Remodeling with a steady stream of Windows and Roofing leads to feed their revenue goals since 2012. Keith proudly admits, “our relationship with Modernize is ever-growing. We have experienced growth that’s nearly hard to understand or keep up with over the past five years”. Hear their story of success by watching our video above or read the interview below!

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“The main goal has always been growth. My initial goal was to grow and be one of the top contenders with our canvas groups. Over time, I surpassed all of them! It was nice to see us as the top of the leaderboard that Modernize was number one as a group.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“Our relationship with Modernize is ever-growing. We take their lead, and most times it hasn’t failed us. When there’s some failure whether it’s on our end or even Modernize not exactly understanding our business model…They’ve always been able to pull back, readjust, and continue to push forward with us. ”
“We have doubled and tripled the volume we’ve done in our past years, but Modernize has always remained steady chunk of our business; Never fluctuating down… it’s always trending upward and making everything better. ”

What can new partners expect in working with Modernize?

“They’re going to press you for the information they need to make your account better. They’re going to keep you on your toes in terms of reporting, and make sure they’re constantly building your business alongside of you. Sometimes it can be a little grueling because it is a tough business to generate your own appointments, but they hold you to a higher standard and you’ll see the positive results. ”

How has Modernize impacted your business?

“it’s been extremely helpful… due to the influx of appts which end up turning into net business, we’ve been able to hire more people, we’ve been able to advance more people, we’ve built our infrastructure, we’ve been able to make amazing predictions that actually come true, and it’s created a lot of stability in a company that has grown substantially in the past 6-7 years.”
“Modernize has always been a rock for us. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, even in slower months or through explosive growth, we can always depend on each other to get through and making sure the leads we receive are the best that we can get. And that we do our job at the same time… that we don’t waste any opportunity that we’ve been given. We treat every single lead that’s been given to us with the same vigor that we treat everything else. It’s always worked out for us, and its hopefully going to work out and keep going.”

What is your advice for companies new to digital marketing?

“Try everything, but go with your gut. If you don’t understand something or don’t know the inner workings of it – ask. At the end of the day, there are so many avenues you can take with digital marketing. Obviously, some work better than others, but with a little work and mental application, it always works out in the end.”
“My best advice would be to let go of your trepidation and take their lead. A good company is going to have their client’s best interest at heart, and that’s obvious here at Modernize. My best advice would be to simply trust them.”

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Educational success curbs effects of child abuse, neglect

The emotional and sexual abuse that some children endure can lead them to commit crimes later in life. But when children achieve good grades and don’t skip school, the likelihood of self-reported, chronic criminal behaviors declines significantly.
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Client Success Video: How Horizon Solar Power Learned to Love Lead Generation

What is your role with Horizon Solar Power?

“My name is Ruben Ugarte, and I’m the Business Development Director for Horizon Solar Power. We’re a residential Solar installer out of Southern California, but we’re serving states nationwide.We’re one of the largest installers in the United States of rooftop and commercial Solar.My goal is to bring quality lead gen to our sales team as well as other partnership opportunities to allow us to continue to grow and install more solar”

What is your goal in working with Modernize?

“In any relationship or partnership, it has to be a win/win for both organizations. I see that as the key to what we’ve done with Modernize as a whole and the relationship we’ve had with our Account Manager.The main goal is to find homeowners who want solar, who are interested in talking about it, who would like to have a proposal presented, and ultimately decide to go solar. I think another goal is being able to work with a company who you know is doing things the right way and delivering quality leads and homeowners who actually want to talk to you about solar – which is easier said than done in the lead business. Modernize has gone from being a small vendor where we do 3-5 sales to last month where we completed over 50 projects through Modernize. It’s amazing to have a relationship with one of the biggest home improvement lead generation companies in the nation and to be able to call them and have things happen – not even in a full day – but in a few hours, is empowering and something that makes me, as a business development director, proud to say that I have these types of relationships and I can make something happen when asked by my leadership team.”

How has your relationship with Modernize evolved?

“We originally used Modernize in 2014, and had a 3-month pilot that didn’t go very well. We were quite upset. We felt that, at the time, Modernize had sent us bad leads… That was our mindset. What’s funny is, after looking back six months down the road, we noticed that our COA (cost of acquisition) was in line and was actually pretty good! So, what do I do? I made a call to Modernize and we started the relationship back up about 6-8 months later, and the relationship has been going strong ever since.We’ve gone from testing small volume – a couple thousand dollars – to, now, purchasing leads nationwide in multiple states. We haven’t limited ourselves to just web leads; We’ve also purchased other kinds of traffic. The relationship has developed to a point where we come to Modernize first for a lot of priorities and opportunities we have on our side to grow.”

What is your advice for companies looking to grow through digital marketing?

“I think number one, working only with companies who are doing the right thing.Number two, working with companies who don’t look at the relationship on an insertion order basis but looking at it more as a long-term relationship. Thinking more like ‘where can we go from here? Where can we go the year after together?’ vs. ‘Send me the money for this order, I’ll send you 100 leads, and what happens, happens!’ I think a lot of times that’s the relationship that many construction companies have with their lead gen provider, and that’s not a bridge towards prosperity or future growth together.Finally, get to know your lead gen provider, come and visit them on-site, visit their call center. Understand who they are and what they want to be, and in turn, you can figure out fairly quickly if they are aligned with who you are and what you are trying to do.”

In one word, describe your relationship with Modernize.

“Robust. We’ve faced challenges as a team and as our organizations aligned. Certainly, we will continue to have challenges on our side, and on your side, and together. But, I think as partners, we understand each other’s goals and what we are trying to do for each other. Because we have that kind of communication and transparency, we work in good faith together, and I would say that our relationship is robust. It’s something that continues to grow, and I’m excited to work hand-in-hand with you guys. It’s been an amazing experience”

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T-Mobile’s customer service is its biggest success story

T-Mobile customer service

Since John Legere took control of T-Mobile in 2012, the carrier has orchestrated a remarkable turn-around. Through launching the Un-Carrier initiative, T-Mobile turned its scrappy underdog status into a marketing plug, and by adding the iPhone to its lineup and investing heavily in network infrastructure, the company’s product is now on par with AT&T and Verizon.

But the most under-appreciated aspect of the turn-around is T-Mobile’s customer service. Things still aren’t perfect by any means, but T-Mobile’s focus on customer care has had a measurable impact, resulting today in the highest-ever score on JD Power’s wireless customer service survey.

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Study Reveals What Success Looks Like in 2018


Back in the day, the definition of success meant something different. In the 1950s, graduating from high school and getting a decent job, getting married and raising a family was most of America’s definition of success.

Things has drastically changes since then, and thanks to a LinkedIn study, we have an idea of what success looks like in 2018.

Researchers on behalf of the job networking website, surveyed professionals about how they think about success, how they feel about it, how they define it and even how they talk about it.

In other words, the researchers sought to answer this question: “Why do you get up and go to work every day?”

Here’s what they found.

1. Say bye bye to the flashy title and hello to skills.

According to a press release sent to EBONY on the study, today’s professional isn’t just in it for the title. 89 percent feel that skills are more important than someone’s job title. “Learning a new skill” is the number one goal of professionals for 2018, according to the study.

2. Flexibility over everything.

It used to be a point in time where we fought hard for the corner office. Well today’s professionals (96%) could care less about having a corner office. In fact, more than one-third (34%) reportedly are willing to take a pay-cut of 10% in exchange for being able to design their own schedule.

3. The age of the side hustle.

According to researchers, two out of five professionals do not list being passionate about what you do professionally as a measure of success. 69 percent reported being in it to simply pay the bills. Living problem-free is a top priority, with 74% of respondents working to not worry about money. 36 percent of respondent reported finding success in pursuing a side hustle or passion project.

4. Options, options, options.

65 percent of Americans say they fear they will miss the opportunity for success if they don’t keep their options open.

Read more on the study’s results, here.


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Founder of Jamaican Black Castor Oil Talks Success and Loss

Castor Oil

In 1992, Lois Hines co-founded Tropic Isle Living, a line of natural hair and skin products made with castor oil and other organic ingredients. Since then, the brand has grown into a multimillion-dollar business that has helped shape the natural hair movement. In addition to being sold online, Tropical Isle Living can be purchased at and select Burlington Coat Factory stores. For Hines, however, celebrating the success of her company is  “bittersweet.” Just one year prior to striking a deal with these two major retailers, she lost her business partner and husband to brain cancer.

In an exclusive interview with Black Enterprise, the widowed mother of two opens up about her journey as an entrepreneur and how she has managed to run the company in wake of the passing of Michael Hines in August 2016.


Castor Oil (Image: Lois Hines courtesy of Tropical Isle Living)


The History


Long before she and her late husband launched their business, Hines found inspiration to produce and sell organic goods in her homeland of Jamaica. As a child, Hines’s paternal grandmother taught her about her ancestry, culture, and the benefits of natural herbs. However, it wasn’t until after she migrated to the U.S. as a teenager that she developed a deeper appreciation of the lessons and traditions passed down to her. “I think people of color sometimes forget our forefathers, our grandmothers, [and] those who come before us,” she told BE. “When it comes to hardships and struggles, they got it right. They lived the best life that they could with the herbs that they had provided [to] them.”

After meeting Michael as a teen, Hines discovered that they shared a passion for their Jamaican heritage and healthy living. They officially began dating when she was 18 years old and he was 22. They married four years later after and found themselves working for a business in the Bronx, New York. However, when Michael discovered that the company produced farm-raised fish, Michael refused to sell a product that he would not eat himself. Hence, they walked away from the business and consulted with a mentor, who suggested that they bring castor oil—an ancient and natural oil traditionally used for hair, skin, and nails and treating a multitude of ailments and ills—to the U.S. market. Michael coined the name Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the rest was history.

“We started with $ 50, that’s how much a gallon of Jamaican Black Castor Oil cost, and it all came from our personal salaries and savings,” says Hines, who carried the gallon of castor oil in her suitcase back to the states. “It was not money that really drove us, it was the fact that we wanted to provide good, healthy, natural products to people.”

Castor Oil (Image: Jamaican Black Castor Oil courtesy of Tropical Isle Living)


The Product


The Hineses started out peddling Jamaican Black Castor Oil on the streets of New York City before relocating to Georgia. Around 2008, Hines was laid off from a managerial position in corporate America and began working for Tropical Isle Living as a full-time manager while Michael headed their research and development department. Under her leadership, company profits tripled in a matter of months. “We kept investing back in the business our salaries and savings,” says Hines.

Today, the Marietta, Georgia-based business produces tens of thousands of units per week that are available in hundreds of retailers around the world. Yet, despite the high demand, Hines reassures that their precious castor oil has not been compromised. She purchased three farms and continues to produce the oil as organically as possible. “We take our time to develop our products. It has to be all-natural or organic in nature,” says Hines. “As the product comes, it goes out the door. We don’t keep anything in stock. And we’re constantly trying to keep ahead as much as we can of our demand.”

The process of planting castor seeds and then growing, roasting, boiling, and skinning them to produce oil is meticulous—but it has paid off. In 2016, Hines says she and her 15 employees generated over $ 5 million through the sale of more than 2 million bottles of shampoo, body butter, and bath gel. “You just have to stay ahead of the game in terms of making sure that you’re producing and farming enough to meet the goal of now and the future.”



Going Natural


Hines, who is considered as a pioneer of the natural health and beauty movement, says that going natural and eating clean wasn’t as socially accepted when she introduced Jamaican Black Castor Oil to the market back in the ’90s. “We were natural before natural was hot. We were so natural that my daughters, sisters, and even my mother thought we were crazy,” Hines said with a laugh. “The movement grew slowly and it caught fire. People now understand it does not matter how long you live, it’s the quality of life you live.”

Castor Oil (Image: Lois and the late Michael Hines courtesy of Tropical Isle Living)


The Next Chapter


After 25 years of working to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality, Michael died at the age of 51 on August 23, 2016, seven days before Hines turned 47. According to Hines, Michael practiced a healthy lifestyle, so much that his doctors were shocked when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. His dedication to healing the world with a Jamaican herb was his only weakness. “The only thing that I can conclude, ever since I’ve known my husband, he only slept for four hours a night. He only researched and researched. I think that his brain just got burned out,” she said.

Nonetheless, the Hineses prepared for the worst after he was diagnosed. “We spoke for the 19 months that we were told that he had. We spoke about the future of the company and where I wanted to take it and whether or not I even wanted to continue without him. And he just gave me the push. [saying] ‘you know you can do it. You have all the tools…You know you can do it.’” It was that encouragement that gave Hines the push, passion, and faith to continue running the business without her husband.

Hineses says she distinctly remembers the day Michael passed, down to his last minute. “It was an amazing day,” she says. “It was a beautiful thing. He was at peace with everything. We were all there by his bedside and I was praising God just for his life. He was surrounded by love. And I kissed him.” She said, adding that she literally “kissed the man to death.”


The Future


Before crossing over, Michael told Hines to “just keep living,” and she did. The day after he passed, she made sure both of their children were back in school. She also didn’t take much time off from work. Instead, she went on to push to get her products sold on the platform and Burlington stores.

Although it’s hard for her to estimate her projected sales growth, her optimism is at an all-time high. “The sky is the limit,” she says. Nonetheless, she admits “each milestone I make without [Michael] is definitely bittersweet. But I know wherever he is—and I know he went to a good place because he was such a good man, a good father, a good friend, a good mentor to me, because I knew him since I was 16 [years old] he kind of groomed me—I know he is sitting somewhere just watching and smiling.”

She added, “It’s the good that we do on this earth, the legacy that we leave behind, the people that we touch, the things we do for each other, that is what drives me. That is and was the core of who Michael was as a partner. And it is what I’m trying to impart [to] my employees and my children: do all the good that you can in all the ways you can just as long as you can.”



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Inside the Unlikely Success of ‘The Chris Gethard Show’

Could the next Johnny Carson be a comedian from West Orange, New Jersey with two Morrissey tattoos? "I know that's an unrealistic goal," Chris Gethard tells Rolling Stone with a bemused smile. "Is it gonna happen? Probably not. But why not try to take over, see what

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5 Key Takeaways from Venture Capitalists to Boost Your Rate of Entrepreneur Success

Culture Shift Labs has been working very diligently to make sure there is a common meeting ground for changemakers of color. Recently they held their 8th Annual event in New York City that consisted of a weekend of conversations on technology, innovation, social impact, and most notably venture capital investment.


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There was a plethora of power players in the house including Troy Carter, CEO and founder of Atom Factory; Mark Ein, founder of Venturehouse Group; Kwame Anku, founding principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund; and NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning.

Black Enterprise was in attendance and there were five key takeaways that we went away with.

1. Most investors say no. You have to work to get to a yes. Nine times out of 10 an investor is going to turn you down. Make sure that you are persistent in a way that’s progressive. If you are returning to an investor who you’ve already asked for money, make sure there is a measureable improvement or else you are wasting their time.

2. Avoid spending time with people who aren’t giving you money. Look for investors who are in your space and excited about your product. That way they come on as strategic partners and are not just giving you money.

3. The difference between a Studs versus a Duds product/company is leadership, determination, and resilience.

It takes tenacity to become an entrepreneur. A product isn’t birthed overnight. You have to stay focused but, additionally, you need to know when to pivot. Working on something too long that’s not working in the market, even if determined, is a waste of your time.

4. You learn when things aren’t going well. So, don’t stop. Fail and fail fast. It’s not a loss. It’s a learning process.

5. When speaking to investors ask, “What’s your timeline?” You need this information to manage your expectations. This way, you don’t become the person with the interesting product, to the person who’s now bothering them. Remember, you aren’t the only one looking for investment.


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Women of Color Small Business Owners: Access to Birth Control Is Vital To Our Success

Maintaining access to birth control is vital to their continued success; women small usiness owners are making it known they support continued coverage of a federal rule that guaranteed free contraception co-pay to more than 62 million women.

Yet that coverage is being slashed with a recent decision by the Trump administration that eliminated birth control coverage offered under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. With Trump’s repeal, public and private employers to cite religious or moral objections to refuse birth control via their insurance plans. Female employees may now have to spend their own money to cover some or all contraceptive costs.


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Supporters say the preventive health benefit saved women $ 1.4 billion on birth control in its the first year of existence.


New Poll Reflects Women Small Business Owners’ Views on Mandate Repeal


A new poll by the advocacy group Small Business Majority surveyed 507 female entrepreneurs and discovered that 56% said that access to birth control and the ability to decide if and when to have children allowed them to advance in their careers and start their businesses. The poll, which included oversamples of African American and Latina small business owners, found reproductive healthcare is especially important to women entrepreneurs.

With the move by the Trump administration to roll back this requirement, the Small Business Majority contends that it’s important to understand the perspective of one of the most important, and fastest growing, segments of the nation’s economy: women small business owners.


Women-Owned Businesses Pump $ 1.35 Trillion into Economy


Indeed, the latest U.S. Census data shows there are 8.9 million women-owned businesses contributing $ 1.35 trillion in sales in America.  The data provides strong evidence that those businesses make a major contribution to the nation’s economy.

Plus, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Trump administration over new rules the Department of Health and Human Services announced that ease the ACA requirement that employers and insurers provide contraception coverage, according to CBS News.

“The Trump administration is forcing women to pay for their boss’s religious beliefs,” ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri stated. “We’re filing this lawsuit because the federal government cannot authorize discrimination against women in the name of religion or otherwise.”


Important for Economic Well-Being and Stability


The survey showed that 79% of female business owners concur that access to reproductive healthcare is important for women’s economic well-being and stability. Another 79% agree we need to ensure all women have access to affordable, reproductive healthcare as a basic economic issue for our families.

Fifty-six percent of women small business owners admit that their ability to access birth control and to decide if and when to have children allowed them to advance in their careers and start their own business, and 52% agree this access impacts their ability to grow their business.


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5 Success Strategies from the Most Powerful Man in Tech

During our recent Silicon Valley-based TechConneXt Summit 3.0, I gained the rare opportunity to interview the most powerful man in tech for an upcoming episode of Our World with BLACK ENTERPRISE television show: John Wendell Thompson, independent chairman of Microsoft Corp., the $ 90 billion tech leviathan.

BLACK ENTERPRISE presented Thompson with our Tech Trailblazer of the Year Award at the event for good reason: The Florida A&M and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus spent 28 years at IBM, working in such diverse areas as sales, marketing, and software development before rising to the position of general manager of IBM Americas. In 1999, he became the CEO of security software provider Symantec, growing its revenues from $ 632 million to $ 6.2 billion and expanding its worldwide workforce to more than 17,500 employees during his tenure. In fact, BLACK ENTERPRISE named him our 2004 Corporate Executive of the Year under the apt banner, “The Best CEO in Silicon Valley.” By 2012, he was appointed to the board of Microsoft. After serving a stint as lead director, he was named chairman when founder Bill Gates stepped down in 2014.


(Microsoft chairman of the board, John Thompson)


When asked what excited him most about serving as chairman of the tech icon, he says without hesitation: CEO Satya Nadella, favorably comparing his leadership to that of Louis Gerstner, the chief executive who rescued IBM in the 1990s by rebooting its operational and strategic focus and transforming its culture.

With his unparalleled corporate experience, razor-sharp mind, and incomparable management prowess, Thompson offered his take on career advancement during our interview. So you can program your business life for success, I offer some success strategies from Thompson in his own words. And they don’t have a thing to do with being tech proficient.



I can remember when I was asked to consider a job in Boston in the late ’70s. I called one of the top African Americans at IBM at the time and asked, “Should I take this job?” His answer was, “Absolutely not. It’s the worst place in the world for an African American to work.” I decided, I’m going to do it anyway. Well, it was the best decision that I ever made. I ended up having a guy name Paul Palmer take me under his wing. It was Paul’s coaching, mentorship, and belief in me that got me my first branch office job, which is a second line management position at IBM. He connected me to the chairman of the board, which ultimately led to me getting a year off from IBM to attend MIT Sloan School in which they paid my tuition and salary. After that, my next assignment was to work in the corporate office for the chairman of the board during the transition from one CEO to the next. So, had I listened to my good friend, that African American leader, who said, “Don’t take that job,” Guess what? I probably wouldn’t have the career I have today.

You have to go where the opportunity is and careers are not advanced inside a community. Careers are advanced inside a geographic footprint. And the geographic footprint for IBM, at least the one that I recognized at that time, was US-based. It was not Atlanta-based. So, I left Atlanta and moved to Boston. Most African Americans, even today, want to be in Atlanta. I don’t care about where I live. I care more about what I do.



The first five years of my career I wore what they call two sister suits, poly and ester. I didn’t believe in wool and blue and white shirts and all those things. I just didn’t like it but IBM was willing to put up with me. One day I realized I looked different than everybody else in this room and it didn’t have anything to do with the color of my skin. It had more to do with the color of my suit. My hair wasn’t right. I had a mustache. So I thought if my performance is good and then it comes down to [management] saying, “On the margin, how good is he? Does he fit well with the team?” And I thought, ‘It’s time for me to line up.’ So I went home one night, cut off my afro and mustache and became the new Brooks Brothers model. The next thing I know, my career just took off. It didn’t have anything to do with the clothes. It was my conforming to the culture of the company that became important.



I never envisioned leaving IBM for many, many years. Obviously, 27 years, 9 months and 13 days, I never envisioned it. I woke up one day and realized, “I’m never going to run this place, and I think I have learned enough in all the experiences I’ve had here that I can actually run a company.” Fortunately, I had been on the board of my first public company, a utility company in northwest Indiana, and I had seen how that CEO operated and sat around a table with CEOs of all these other companies. I told myself, “Well, they don’t know any more than I do. I better take my shot.” Knowing that I wasn’t going to get a shot to be the next CEO of IBM, I had to leave. So I left.

The sense I had was the tech community, in general, is a youth-driven culture and environment. If you look at a lot of the companies, the CEOs when they got those jobs they were in their late 30s or early 40s. I knew if I ever had a five as the first digit in my age, my odds of getting one of those jobs were going to be very, very slim. It would diminish quite rapidly from there. So I got the job Symantec at 49, 11 months and a couple of days before my 50th birthday, literally.



When I joined Symantec, it was a consumer packaged goods company. So the idea was if you could package software in a box and put it on a retail shelf for consumers to pull it down, that was Nirvana. One of the principal products in our portfolio, at the time, was Norton Antivirus. In 1999, as the internet was starting to explode, it was going very, very well. But we had all these other products in the portfolio that were profitable but they weren’t really growing all that fast. So the view was, let’s pivot. Let’s make a major shift in this company and focus on security.

My belief about technology companies was that they should be technology centered. Symantec, at the time, was centered around its distribution model, not the technology it was building. So that pivot was Norton is our core and let’s add as many security capabilities as we can around that. So we sold off our Java tools business and a lot of products that really weren’t relevant. And then we built the company through both organic and inorganic growth to the point where revenues got to a little over $ 6 billion, I said, “OK, 10 years, I’m done.”

I have a personal philosophy about leaders. I think leaders get stale after about seven to nine years. So when my 10-year period was up, I was ready to move because I did not want to be the stale guy sitting in the chair while the company was trying to prosper.



I joined my first board in 1993. It was kind of a back-door board invite in which the CEO of a company came to me and said, “Can IBM give me some candidates to consider for our board because we want a tech person?” So, I went to the HR team at IBM and said, “Can you give me some candidates to share with my customer?” and they gave me three. I went back to the client and said, “Here are the three candidates.” He looked at me and said, “You stupid guy. I want you. I don’t want any of them.” I was like, “Me on a board?” I had never even thought about it.

I went back to IBM and asked, “Is it OK for me to join this board?” And they said, “Sure.” So I joined the NiSource board and shortly thereafter I joined the Future Brands board…and on and on. I’ve had lots of board experience and I think that’s what boards are now looking for. Who has the background and experience and would be complementary to the other members around the table? Fortunately, we’re building a stronger African American base of leaders and those leaders eventually will have a shot because I know many, many companies are looking to diversify their boards.


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Is Take-Two Learning the Wrong Lesson From The Success of ‘GTA Online’?

Grand Theft Auto V celebrated its fourth anniversary this year and publisher Take-Two celebrated with it as the game became what CEO Strauss Zelnick says is now the "all-time bestselling video game" both in terms of copies sold and revenue.

The game has sold more than 85 million copies and has hit the top ten chart 42 times in the 50 months since its release. All of that success,

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The iPhone X’s success will cost Google billions

Google vs. Apple iPhone

You can finally preorder the iPhone X, the most expensive smartphone in the world, but you may have a hard time getting one in time for Christmas. Apple must love the fact that iPhone X sold out within minutes around the world.

Some of its biggest rivals also must appreciate the iPhone’s success. One of them is Samsung, tasked with manufacturing the iPhone X display, which is the most expensive component of the new handset. The other party that should be thrilled to see people buying the iPhone is Google.

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Protesters, You Better Dress for Success

Protests are about movements, not fashion per se. But let’s be real: How you look can go a long way in making your case. Clothes do communicate. Business suits and sweatpants send very different messages to the public. We’ve had lots of important protest movements in this country dating back to the Boston Tea Party. But while we have long been a nation of causes, times change and so do fashion, communications, and the messages that help promote a cause.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Image or Economics? Success in Business Begins With a Solid Foundation


When you attend conventions or business meetings, you’ve probably seen those impressive, young, entrepreneurs wearing expensive clothes and driving luxury cars. At first glance, they appear to be pictures of success—all the signs of material wealth are there. If you’re working hard and trying to build your business, you may feel envious. You may ask yourself, “What are they doing right that I’m doing wrong? Where are my luxuries?” Want to know the truth? Chances are, they can’t afford them either. They’re in debt. They’re choosing image over economics.

I know a man who was an entrepreneur that, when he first met the woman who eventually became his fiancé, he owned a house in the “hood” that was paid for, and a fifteen-year-old truck, which was also paid for and ran fine. To impress her, he chose image over economics. Soon, she bragged as to how she “upgraded” him, as he now had a new Mercedes (with a note), a four-story townhouse in a fancy neighborhood (not paid for, doubling his monthly expenses), and a Rolex.

When he lived in the hood, he had a net worth over $ 50,000. Now it was zero, but he looked good—and she called it an “upgrade.” Had he chosen to save and invest, he would have built a solid financial capacity; but to impress her and others, he bought liabilities. His business had no firm foundation, and at the first economic downturn, he was wiped out.


Designer Logos Versus Lasting Value


Choosing image over economics is a big mistake. I speak from experience. When I began my real estate investment firm, I worked diligently and was thrifty. My net worth slowly increased and my passive income covered all the monthly bills, but I felt neither rich nor wealthy.

In 2014, I took my wife to Italy for our 10th anniversary, and we posted pictures on Facebook. I was soon inundated with affirming comments like, “I see you big-timer,” and, “One day, I want to be like you.” While in Italy, I found an outlet mall where I got tons of name brand stuff—Ferragamo, Valentino, Armani—so, when I came back, I was all name brand. Prior to that, nothing I owned was name brand.

With all the pats on the back and praise, I felt like I had taken a wrong turn. I knew that the external symbols weren’t building my wealth, but it sure felt good. My real estate business built economics, but name brand living was about image. I realized that many people say they want success, but settle for the symbols which they define as success. Unfortunately, I began to drink the kool-aid.
Building a business and wealth takes time. It’s not pretty, and you aren’t always going to get the pats on the back, but if you remain focused you can be successful. You’ll find that it’s better to build a solid foundation on which to put your business, even if the foundation is invisible to the eye.


Tips for Making Good Financial Choices


When contemplating a purchase, avoid choosing image over economics by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. Is this something necessary to increase my wealth? Things on which you spend your money should directly contribute to your economics. For example, if you’re a realtor, then clothing may be an investment that will boost your career. But if you’re a graphic designer, wear jeans, and invest in better equipment.
  2. Do I want this to impress others, or is it a need? Put your money to work for you. Don’t throw it away on purchases that don’t directly increase your earning power.
  3. Can I get the same result at lower cost? If you have to drive to work every morning, will an expensive luxury car get you there more quickly than a more affordable car? If you need to know what time it is, will a watch encrusted with gold and diamonds keep better time? Probably not!


The Real Truth About Business Success


None of the wealthy people I know and respect are concerned about image. While they live in small houses and their clothes come from regular stores, they have multimillion dollar real estate portfolios and other income producing investments.

You have to make a choice as to what you want—image or economics. To build a strong foundation for your business, understand that success is not based on symbols. Luxuries are benefits of success, not signs of success. If you’re striving for the so-called symbols of wealth, then you’ll have difficulty building your business, because you’ll always be trying to keep up. Don’t try to impress people who really don’t matter. Instead, invest your money in things that will help you achieve long-term success. Choose economics over image.




Jerome D. LoveJerome D. Love has been an entrepreneur and professional speaker for 20 years and founded the Texas Black Expo in 2002. He was named a Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer (Prudential Texas Realty), Entrepreneur of the Year (National Black MBA Association, Houston Chapter), and Pinnacle Award Finalist (Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce), and is a popular keynote speaker for both corporate and collegiate events.

Love and was selected as keynote speaker for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Economic Development Summit and the New Mexico State Leadership Conference. He has also shared the speaking stage at conferences with business icons like Priceline founder Jeff Hoffman, Chuck E. Cheese founder Gene Landrum, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and others.

To learn more about Love or to book him for a speaking engagement, visit his website.  

You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Must Read: Chanel Will Show Pre-Fall in Hamburg, Amazon’s Private Apparel Line Is a Retail Success

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.Chanel will show pre-fall in HamburgForget the waterfalls, rocket ships and eiffel towers of the Grand Palais in Paris, because Karl Lagerfeld is presenting his next collection for Chanel in his hometown. He has already selected …

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Why ‘Will & Grace’s’ Big Gay Success Story Was So Unlikely

In 2000, a wonderful thing happened. Sean Hayes, for playing a flaming homo, and Megan Mullally, as his hysterical fag hag, won well-deserved Emmy awards for their scene-stealing performances in Will & Grace. But then something unbelievable happened. Later that night, Will & Grace itself won Best Comedy Series.

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Nordstrom take-private move has 50% chance of success: source

Nordstrom’s founding family on Tuesday was close to partnering with a Los Angeles private equity firm to try and take the struggling retailer private — but the effort still faces steep odds, The Post has learned. The family is in talks with Leonard Green & Partners and, if selected, the firm would then have to…
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How to Plan For Success in Your Next Quarter


When it comes to running a business, the end of each quarter is the perfect time to measure progress on your annual goals, reflect, and plan for future success.

Here are seven steps to getting started:


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1. Assess your business performance 


Take a look back at the business goals you set at the beginning of the year. What’s working? What’s not working? Review sales for products or services. Is one item selling more than others? Should you discontinue or enhance your offerings. Update your quarterly goals against the yearly plan. Do you need to pivot from your original plan? Do you need to purchase additional resources or hire support staff to meet your goals?


2. Evaluate your website


Review everything from your traffic and web page functionality to sales funnel conversion rate.


3. Gather feedback and testimonials from past clients and customers


Check in with past clients and ask for testimonials or ratings on industry forums or review sites like Yelp, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, etc. Include any positive feedback on your website and share it via your social media channels.


4. Monitor your online reputation


Google yourself quarterly to make sure there aren’t any damaging things about your brand or business. Also, set a Google Alert for your name so that when your name is published online, you’ll be notified via email.


5. Nurture your network


Have you established a rapport online with a potential business contact? Are you ready to turn a connection into a business relationship or collaboration? Email your contact and schedule time on your calendar for follow-up. Additionally seek to add value to your relationships by supporting their events, making a killer virtual introduction for them, sharing their work or commenting on their articles.


6. Develop a three-month content marketing plan


Remember, winging it is not a strategy—especially on social media. Consistency is the true foundation of trust, so get ahead of yourself by batch creating your blog posts, newsletters, and marketing flyers. Then use an auto-schedule tool like Hootsuite and Later (Instagram only).


7. Fire yourself from what’s not working


Listen, if you think you’re saving money by doing everything yourself but you’re spending more time fixing mistakes than making progress, it’s time to fire yourself. Consider hiring a virtual assistant, intern, or freelancer.


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3 Excuses Holding You Back From Success


Are you constantly talking yourself out of taking steps toward your dreams? Sometimes, it’s not a lack of skills that hold us back from success, it’s our bad habits and excuses.

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Equally important to mastering new skills, is mastering your 0wn mindset. What are you feeding your mind? Remember, your thoughts dictate your actions. Here are a few common excuses that can hold you back from success:

“I just don’t have the time.”


The next time you find yourself saying “I don’t have the time,” complete the sentence with “because (fill in the blank)______________ is not a priority. Here’s the thing, it’s not about having the time, it’s about making the time. So if a goal is important for you, you’ll figure out a way to work on it.

Don’t forget, baby steps count too. Look at your daily routine. Can you wake up an hour earlier or go to bed later than usual? Even if you can only allot 30 minutes a day, figure out what needs to happen during that time, then use your smartphone to schedule each step, commit to making your goal happen by removing distractions and possibly finding an accountability partner.

“I need clarity before I can get started.”


Motivational speaker and life coach Marie Forleo said it best, “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” Do you need to consult with someone such as a career coach or fitness coach? Do you need a checklist or worksheet to guide you as you complete your project? Is striving for perfection holding you back? Lack of clarity is not an excuse to stay stuck. Adopt a trial and error mindset, and improve as you move along.

“I want to start (complete the sentence)_________but everybody is doing it.”  


A typical excuse for people who worry too much about what other people think. Remember, people buy into people. So one solution to the “but everyone’s doing it” syndrome is adding your unique story or point of view. Another way to look at things is to figure out how to disrupt or shake up the process. If it’s a product or service, think about how you can make it cheaper or more convenient for people.

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Protesters, You Better Dress for Success

Protests are about movements, not fashion per se. But let’s be real: How you look can go a long way in making your case. Clothes do communicate. Business suits and sweatpants send very different messages to the public. We’ve had lots of important protest movements in this country dating back to the Boston Tea Party. But while we have long been a nation of causes, times change and so do fashion, communications, and the messages that help promote a cause.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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‘Splatoon 2’ Guide: Weapon and Gear Loadouts For Success

Splatoon 2 is a frantic multiplayer game that pits two teams of Inklings against each other across competitive and cooperative modes. Whether you enjoy playing Unranked or Competitive Matches, Tower Control or Turf War, there are thousands of possible gear and weapon loadouts to test. Some players enjoy splatting enemies with Chargers, while others prefer to focus on covering the ground with Rollers. What abilities work best for which type of weapon?

Customize your gear with abilities that boost your style of play. Here are some ability suggestions to help elevate your game to the next level.

Ability Information

In Splatoon 2, Inklings can equip three types of gear that add abilities to their loadout. Hats, Clothing, and Shoes are the three primary slots of equipment. Clothing has different brands which also result in different common and uncommon abilities.

Clothing items will feature up to three ability slots. Upon purchase, only one ability slot is initially available. Wear the gear in matches to gain experience. Once you reach a certain level, a new ability is added. The abilities that fill the additional slots are randomized.

Abilities can be stacked — if your gear has the same ability then the effects will combine, and provide an added benefit (though there are diminishing returns the more you stack abilities).

Some abilities are uniquely attached to the specific gear and cannot be rolled as secondaries. Such skills include Tenacity, Comeback, Respawn Punisher, and more.

Here is a handy visual guide of abilities, courtesy of reddit user clearrants:

Weapons Information

Splatoon 2 features a wide variety of usable weapons for players that are classified into different categories. Not only does each weapon type result in different strengths and weaknesses, it can also affect which abilities to seek out to further enhance your play.


Shooters are automatic rifle weapons that will continuously shoot ink when firing. The high rate of fire and solid accuracy make them a well-balanced weapon for covering turf and splatting enemies. Best used as a weapon in Turf War games.

Best Weapons:
Tetatek Splattershot
.52 Gal
Berry Splattershot Pro
.96 Gal Deco

Recommended Abilities:
Run Speed Up — Increases movement speed in Inkling form.
Special Charge Up — Increases Special Gauge fill rate.
Special Saver — Reduces special-gauge decrease after getting splatted.


Blasters are slow single-shot weapons that fire large gobs of ink that have the ability to explode in mid-air. They are great weapons for dispatching other players. Best used as a weapon in the Tower Control modes.

Best Weapons:
Luna Blaster Neo
Custom Range Blaster
Grim Range Blaster
Rapid Blaster Pro Deco

Recommended Abilities:
Swim Speed Up — Increases movement speed in squid form.
Stealth Jump — Hides your Super Jump landing point from distance players.
Haunt — Once you’ve respawned, reveals the position of players who splatted you.


Chargers are powerful, long distance weapons that have a slow-rate of fire and are primarily used for splatting enemies instead of covering turf. Best used in the hands of accurate players who want to dispatch enemies and cover allies as they move in close. Useful in all game modes, but requires a talented player to use efficiently.

Best Weapons:
Bamboozler 14 mk III
Bento Splat Charger
Bento Splatterscope
Custom E-liter 3K Scope

Recommended Abilities:
Ink Saver Main — Decreases the amount of ink consumed by your main weapon.
Respawn Punisher — Increases respawn time and special-gauge spawn penalty for you and any player that splats you.
Quick Respawn — Reduces respawn time after getting splatted repeatedly without splatting any opponents.


Splatlings are heavy machine gun weapons that require a charge before unleashing a steady stream of ink. They are devastating at close range and can be used to cover turf and splat enemies. Requires a talented player to be effective to compensate for its charge up time. Can be used effectively in all game modes.

Best Weapons:
Heavy Splatling Remix
Refurbished Mini Splatling
Heavy Splatling Deco
Zink Mini Splatling

Recommended Abilities:
Ink Recovery Up — Increases ink-tank refill rate.
Run Speed Up — Increases movement speed in Inkling form.
Ink Saver Sub — Decreases the amount of ink consumed by your sub weapons.

Rollers & Brushes

Rollers and Brushes are weapons fine-tuned to spread ink across a wide area. These weapons are non-firearm style and have a unique use, such as spreading ink on the ground via a roller or throwing ink quickly using the paintbrush. These weapons are best utilized in the Turf War game mode.

Best Weapons:
Carbon Roller
Dynamo Roller
Gold Dynamo Roller

Recommended Abilities:
Ink Resistance — Reduces the damage taken and improve mobility when walking through enemy ink.
Ink Recovery — Increases ink-tank refill rate.
Swim Speed Up — Increases movement speed in squid form.


Sloshers are bucket-type weapons that fling large spreads of paint forward. These weapons have decent range and have a relatively high recharge rate. Sloshers are used effectively from high ranges to splat enemies beneath you. This weapon type is effective at close range and is viable both as an offensive weapon and to cover ground. Effective in all game modes.

Best Weapons:
Slosher Deco
Soda Slosher
Sloshing Machine Neo

Best Abilities
Ink Saver Main — Decreases the amount of ink consumed by your main weapon.
Run Speed Up — Increases movement speed in Inkling form.
Cold-Blooded — Decreases active time of opponent Point Sensors and other items that reveal enemy locations.

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Winning in Real Estate: How One Woman Has Found Multimillion-Dollar Success

Jane Bond reached a recent landmark in her career: She represented the owners of a Naples, Florida, residential property that traded in eight days for a record-breaking $ 14.75 million.

Bond, who began her career in New York’s and Los Angeles’ entertainment and interior design industries and transitioned into real estate, has made her mark in the Florida market. Now the principle of The Bond Group, she has sold more than $ 50 million in real estate since 2010 and achieved top-performing sales in Naples, a city that’s been counted as one of the wealthiest (in terms of resident income) in the country.

On the heels of her recent success, caught up with Bond to talk vital steps in closing high-end deals:

Look to your network and use your own networking mojo for lucrative leads. Bond says she met the owners of the now record-breaking $ 14.75 million property through a friend who is an interior designer. “He knows me and my love for interior design,” Bond says. “He informed me that he was working with someone who had a great property that I just had to see, and it all went forward from there.”

Before her recent career win, Bond had also gained experience in navigating the networks of high earners in her time as an international flight attendant, opportunities to design the home interiors of NFL players, and a career in entertainment managing music artists including the Brand New Heavies.

Use relevant knowledge in interior design, finance, travel or the arts to relate to prospective clients. Bond, a graduate of Pace University (with a degree in finance) and Parsons School of Design (interior design), says when dealing with luxury properties and interacting with the people who own them—or seek to own them—it’s great to be able to communicate about various design styles, innovative ideas, and other inspirations for beautiful and top-of-the-line structures and interiors. “I’ve been able to travel, study, and see beautiful places, homes, and structures around the world, and I enjoy it,” she says. “It’s often great conversation when you are knowledgeable about diverse aspects of luxury living, international travel, and the trends that are popular in various markets.”

Gain knowledge and build up experiences that give you a point of reference that is authentic, relatable, and relevant to high-net-worth clientele, who, too, have traveled globally, been exposed to fine dining and luxury living, and enjoy informed conversations on current events, history, fine arts, and architectural trends.

Build a reputation of pristine professionalism and a track record of get-it-done success. “High net-worth clients are often highly ambitious and expect excellence in all that they do and the people they associate with,” Bond says. “I’d built a track record, even in my days working in entertainment, with celebrities, where I did what I said I would do,” she adds. “You have to be a person who comes through on your promises, is diligent in the way you do business, and is known for offering the best of the best.”

Bond also recommends never guaranteeing a client anything that you cannot follow through on and being strategic in building your reputation and brand image in real estate sales. Do your research on top opportunities, properties and brands you can align yourself with to eventually attract high-earning clientele. Learn the ropes with those who are already working with or catering to the best in the real estate industry as well as successful professionals in other industries in your market. And above all, present yourself confidently and authoritatively in the excellent skills you offer to cater to your clients.

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Laila Ali Let’s Work Ethic, Not Legacy, Dictate Her Success (Exclusive)

Laila Ali

We’ve seen Laila Ali’s incredible success as a world champion female boxer, but do we know how she actually got there? A lot of us would attribute it to her father but she begs to differ. Ali recently sat down with Impact Theory host Tom Bilyeu to chat about how her work ethic played a massive role in her success with both boxing and her other endeavors. 

“I have a work ethic where I have really high expectations of myself and I work hard. There’s something that I’m going to eventually get good at if I’m going to keep doing it,” said Ali. “Even with my fights; I didn’t judge my fight after I knocked somebody out. I didn’t go, ‘Oh, look how great I did.’ I’m watching the tape like, let me see what I can do better next time.”

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A lot of times people see her success and assume because of her roots, she was blessed with golden hands and yes, some of that may be true, but she still had to put in the work. 

“Obviously growing up Muhammad Ali’s daughter, I’ve been inspired by my father in a lot of ways to give back and that’s what ultimately helped me make the decision to box. I had to not be selfish because my reasons for not wanting to be public where kind of selfish, like you know, I don’t want to be bothered and I don’t want to be that Hollywood-type person,” said Ali. “But I think when you can be authentic and you can be unguarded, you have a story to tell. You kind of do it over and over again, [and] you just get better at it.”

Rules to live by. Watch the clip below and stay tuned for the full episode, here.


Sequoia BlodgettSequoia Blodgett is the Technology Editor for Black Enterprise, Silicon Valley. She is also the founder of 7AM, a lifestyle, media platform, focused on personal development, guided by informed pop culture.

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Josh Rosen ponders Alabama’s success if SAT requirement raised, says ‘football and school don’t go together’

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen discussed the academic challenges involved with being a college football player in a wide-ranging interview with Bleacher Report, saying "football and school don’t go together" and suggesting that Alabama would not be as successful if the Crimson Tide were to raise the SAT requirement. Rosen, who has been outspoken on the issue of amateurism in college sports, told Bleacher Report that "human beings don’t belong in school with our schedules." When asked about the inherent conflict of being a college student and a football player, Rosen referred to Alabama, which won four of the past eight national championships. "Look, football and school don’t go together," Rosen said. "They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs. There are guys who have no business being in school, but they’re here because this is the path to the NFL. There’s no other way. "Then there’s…
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6 Essential Skills Necessary for Success But Not Taught in School


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If you’re ready for next level success, you’ll have to master a few essential skills you probably didn’t learn in school. Whether you’re an employee or entrepreneur, make a commitment to life-long learning and put yourself in a position to win with the skills below:

  1. Negotiation– Beyond negotiating salary and benefits, be prepared to communicate your point of view, persuade someone to take a new course of action, tailor your argument to the decision makers, and close deals on behalf of employees or an entire organization.
  2. Creative Thinking – From problem-solving and spotting trends to developing disruptive ideas, your ability to assess situations from a variety of perspectives is an asset to any field.
  3. Self-awareness– As you climb the ladder of success, knowing your self-worth, recognizing your emotions and how people perceive you, and seeing things from other people’s perspectives will help you stand out from the crowd as a leader.
  4. Networking – From mentors guiding your career development to sponsors advocating on your behalf, building partnerships and mutually beneficial relationships are critical for career advancement.
  5. Time Management– Your success is determined by your daily habits so spend your time wisely. Learn to eliminate distractions and get insanely focused on what’s really important.
  6. Risk Taking– Just as an entrepreneur owns a business, employees must take full ownership of their career. This includes making decisions without the approval of others, failing forward and taking on projects outside of your defined role. Simply put, stop waiting for others to validate your readiness.

Are you ready to level up in your career? If so, online learning sites like Udemy and Creative Live, offer a variety of low-cost training taught by real-world experts to help you improve your skills.

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Baltimore Black-Owned Juice Bar Squeezes Its Way to Small Business Success

“Health is wealth” which is why more people are making the investment to ensure they are eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise. With the recent release of the Netflix documentary What the Health the message of the benefits of a plant-based diet is becoming even more widespread. It’s also motivating more entrepreneurs to create businesses that appeal to the health cautious. Black Enterprise caught up with Kenny Minor, owner of Xtract Juice Bar in Baltimore, to talk about the benefits of juicing and his career journey into entrepreneurship.

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What motivated you to open a juice bar in the heart of Baltimore City?

Back in February 2016, my uncle had a sudden heart attack and died. This was a big shock to my family. It also motivated me to get my health together because at the time, I was out of shape and not eating right. I opened my juice bar hoping to inspire and change the mindset of others like me—be it young men, African Americans, or inner-city youth—so they would make better food choices and have access to them in their own community.

What preparation did you take prior to launching your business?

Prior to opening my own juice bar I researched different fruits and vegetables along with their many health benefits. Also I worked with a holistic specialist in New York to acquire additional knowledge on the benefits of different fruits and how they help the body.

How did you come up with the name Xtract Juice Bar?

The name Xtract Juice Bar came from what actually happens in the process of juicing; machines extract juice from fruits and vegetables which is then placed into your body to extract all the toxins and unwanted waste.

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What are some benefits of juicing you think people should know about?

There are tons of benefits from juicing: most importantly it helps to regulate allergies, depression, obesity, heart disease, improve blood flow, and more. Also, it provides daily sources of essential vitamins to help bodily functions. Juicing is a beneficial way to get vegetables into the body in a fun and exciting new way.

Was entrepreneurship always your career plan?

No! I thought I would be a professional basketball player. I played basketball from elementary school through college. When I realized this wasn’t my reality after college, I began to work different jobs just to pay the bills. Entrepreneurship was something I always thought about, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do. I always knew that I would be giving back to people, but I never envisioned giving back through a juice bar.

What advice would you give to current and former athletes who had dreams of playing a sport professionally and now realize this may not be a reality?  

To all the athletes that are determined to reach their dreams and goals, keep pushing never give up, but know that life is much bigger than sports and even the greatest athletes have to find a career after athletics.




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‘Dishonored 2’: A Replayability Success Story

Professional reviewers often consider a game’s performance, audio, and graphical fidelity in an overall score. For most fans, fantastic gameplay or a gripping story are required to earn top marks. But the crucial factor that most reviewers and fans miss is replayability.

Consider the success of multiplayer games like Overwatch, Titanfall, and Star Wars: Battlefront. Each of these games gives players a reason to play and replay matches tens or hundreds of times. Although single-player games are less likely have a compelling replay experience, some might have been true masterpieces if the developers had created an experience that could be replayed over and over.

One franchise that succeeds in this is Dishonored, especially the critically acclaimed Dishonored 2.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

While Arkane Studios admittedly left something to be desired in the story department, the team improved upon every other aspect of the first game’s 12-hour long campaign, including its re-playability.

From the start, Dishonored 2 lets the player know there are multiple ways to finish a mission and asks them to choose two main protagonists: Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin. Each character has unique powers to sneak under enemies’ noses, take back the throne without casualties, or create chaos, bloodshed, and revenge.

With Corvo’s signature Blink, slip past the city watch and Delilah’s coven without attracting attention. This move can also be done using Emily’s Far Reach, or the same power could be used to fling enemies into Walls of Light. She can also chain her opponents together with Domino and hurl them into a carefully placed spring-razor trap.

Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin

Multiple Methods, Multiple Games

The game provides the opportunity to decline the Outsider’s gift and play the game without any powers – just a folding blade and a flintlock pistol or crossbow for those who take the silent or pacifist routes. Even small details like allowing players to skip cut-scenes and cinematics give the game a higher replay value.

Dishonored 2 provides opportunities to take out targets or complete objectives in each chapter. But beware: robbing the black markets or choosing to assassinate a key target rather than knocking him out has consequences in the world of the game. Each action changes the environment and might bring on swarms of the rats and blood flies that infest the streets of Karnaca.

Skills tree in New Game Plus

Updates Add to the Experience

Not long after the initial release, Arkane rewarded fans with the much requested New Game Plus and customizable difficulty features that add even more paths to beat the game. Players even can start an NG+ game, save either character with all their powers, and then turn on the new Ironman mode to have one life for the entire playthrough (if you’re up for that kind of masochism).

More single-player games should strive for this level of replayability. Not only does this give fans long-term value, it helps to create more loyal players.

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Team Trump’s quiet Mideast success

In a week in which his administration was buffeted by legislative failure and internal dissension, President Trump could still claim one minor success. Two of his aides played a role in resolving a standoff among Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But it’s crucial the administration learns the right lesson here. Whatever good Jared Kushner and…
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An Executive Chef Dishes Out the Secret to Success in the Culinary Business

With the rise of reality TV shows depicting the lives and careers of executive chefs, more African American men are showing an interest in the culinary arts.

I recently toured the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino in Maryland and stopped by the TAP Room Sports Bar, which offers Creole-inspired dishes deftly executed by Executive Chef Henry Dudley. Black Enterprise spoke with Chef Dudley about how he got started in the restaurant industry, and got his thoughts on the sudden rise in popularity of culinary arts’ careers.


Chef Henry Dudley at TAP Room, at the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino. (Image: Brian Armstead)


Black Enterprise: Chef Dudley, with more than 22 years of culinary experience under your belt, I will give you your props by calling you ‘chef,’ as the connotation is like a president; once a president, always a president. Tell us a little about your history, and how you came to be a chef.

Chef Henry Dudley: Well, I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, with a single mother who worked three and four jobs, so we could make it. So, I grew up somewhat independent. To help keep me out of trouble, every summer, my mom would send me to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi to spend summers with my grandmother. She was my total inspiration growing up, from a culinary standpoint. I was seven-years-old eating gumbos, étouffée, and jambalaya, and my friends in the Bronx were eating pizzas and Italian ice. This gave me a different appreciation for good food while growing up.

I would have to say the culinary arts found me—I did not find it. I’m glad it found me, because it probably saved my life. I actually never wanted to be a chef—that wasn’t my goal. I went to college in Virginia [at an HBCU]; I’m a proud Virginia State University alumnus, class of 1995. When I graduated, I wanted to pursue a career in music. So, I bounced around a couple of record labels, and  I subsidized my income at night working at restaurants, because it was instinctive for me. Then, one day, a chef came to me and said, “Listen, I don’t know what you are doing with these other places—like the record company—but you need to be doing this.” From there, he helped me free up my schedule so that I could get a formal culinary education, which I did at the New York Restaurant School—a very prestigious school.


On Blazing His Own Path in the Kitchen


BE: When you think of African Americans in sports, I would think that you could equate creating a fine meal to running a perfectly executed game plan. How many African Americans have you come across in the ‘sport’ of the culinary arts over the course of your career?

Chef Dudley: Now, they’re quite a few, but I never had a real [role model] or reference point for a successful, black chef while I was coming up in the industry. I came through the field in the 1990s, and [back then], there weren’t too many. Most of the chefs that I came up under were white or Hispanic. There were not a lot of opportunities for blacks; we just were not getting them. I had to blaze my own path.

I remember when I was working for Houlihan’s, a casual dining restaurant. The corporate chef was in charge of changing menus and training people—things like that. One day, I told him, “I’m going to do that one day.” He gave me a ‘sure you will’ type of look. During the hard times, that once incident really kept me going.


Chef Dudley with staff. (Image: Brian Armstead)


BE: Here at MGM, you share top chef honors with several other renowned chefs, including Marcus Samuelsson, an Ethiopia-born chef raised in Sweden and executive chef at the restaurant Marcus. Have you had a chance to sit down with him to trade thoughts and ideas?

Chef Dudley: No, I haven’t had the opportunity to sit down with him, though I’ve met him here at MGM on several occasions. He has a chef/partner relationship with MGM, so he’s the executive chef and partner, as opposed to a functioning executive chef that’s on the premises every day, like myself. But, that is something I’d like to do in the near future. I think he has a great concept, but I’m here to make TAP Room the best and compete with everyone.


Grandma’s Creole Influence


BE: Well you are off to a great start, as the food you’ve prepared for me was outstanding. My first selection was Lily’s Creole Gumbo, which was made with a secret recipe from your grandmother—paired with MGM Stillwater Lager. Round two: The Philly, a shaved ribeye Philly Cheesesteak with stout braised onions, aged provolone, poblano peppers, and banana peppers—paired with a ‘Feed the Monkey’ Hefferveisen. Round three: ‘Disco Fries,’ which were topped with beef short ribs, short rib gravy, cheddar curds, a fried egg, and scallions—paired with ‘Old Rasputin’ chocolate stout.

Chef Dudley: It’s a party over french fries—that’s why we call them “Disco Fries!”


Disco Fries! (Image: Brian Armstead)


BE: A party, indeed— especially with the pairing with chocolate stout. Finally, I had the TAP Burger, paired with an IPA. Even though only one dish was distinctly Creole, you still get hints of Creole flavoring in all of the dishes I’ve tried, even the TAP Burger. Am I right or wrong?

Chef Dudley: You’re right. I think you hit the nail on the head, as that was my first influence. That [Creole] influence has made such a difference in my life, when coming through the channels of my experience as a chef. When I learned Creole cooking from my grandmother, I didn’t learn the same things I later learned in culinary school. I learned that discipline [at my grandmother’s] house. So, when you go through each of these dishes, there’s a little bit of soul [in each].

When they asked me to open TAP Room at MGM, I was asked if I wanted to open the best sports bar in the country. I did not want to do just ‘sports bar’ food; I wanted to do modern, elevated, comfort food. So, this was my approach to the menu: I wanted to give it my [own take] and edge, based on my experiences, but still deliver a great sports bar product.


Advice for Aspiring Chefs


BE: I do a lot of writing for the automotive industry, and I’ve noticed that a lot of people of color have difficulty getting into the technician side of this industry, because the tools, training, and education are so expensive. How expensive is it to go to a top culinary institute, and are you responsible for buying those thousand-dollar knives you see in fine catalogs and stores? Are you responsible for your own tools?

Chef Dudley: Culinary school is a lot more expensive now, than it was back when I was still training. [In my opinion], this is primarily because we have The Food Network’ generation—seems like everybody is a ‘foodie’ these days. More people are getting exposed to good food, and think they are chefs to some degree. I don’t knock that—I think it’s fun and exciting. But now, because of the increased focus on fine dining, culinary schools have become a lot more expensive. It used to be that you just had to show that you really wanted to be a chef go to a school, and they would offer you loans. But now, so many people are trying to get into schools, it’s become more about making a profit. With the high costs, minorities have a more difficult time becoming part of the process.


BE: So, there aren’t any ‘Strayer University’ type of programs, offering culinary education at lower costs?

Chef Dudley: There are those programs, but the big names in the business are looking for graduates from big-time culinary school programs. Since there are so many graduates from top schools now, the industry can really hand-pick those they want to work with them. It’s like CIA (Culinary Institute of America) is now the ‘Harvard’ of culinary schools. There are certain companies that won’t even look at you if you’re not a CIA graduate. As far as tools are concerned, when you go to a school, part of your tuition covers the tools you need.

As far as tools are concerned, when you go to a school, part of your tuition covers the tools you need. The thing is, when you begin working, you have to ‘unlearn’ all you may have learned for two years while in school. The executive chef you end up working for will expect you to do things his or her way. It’s a continuation of the education process.

I would push anyone that wants to have this career to get a formal education first, and, if you can, try to work in a restaurant—wash dishes, bus tables, or do something to see if this is the industry you want to be in. A lot of people look at the glitz and glamor, with TV as the extent of their exposure to this industry. I always say anyone on TV can make a great meal, if given three hours and a pantry full of food, but can they make 350 meals each day, and ensure that each course all tastes and looks the same? Can they manage a staff? Can they manage a restaurant’s finances? Can they properly order the food needed? Being a chef is a whole lot more than cooking, and that’s not what a lot of people understand.


Hostesses at the TAP Room. (Image: Brian Armstead)


The Business of Being a Chef


BE: Which brings me to my whole experience of walking through the door. I’m a big guy—I’m almost seven feet tall—so I love the two story ceilings. They really give the space an open feeling. After I was greeted by a hostess, I really got to see the extent of the bar space, and I caught a glimpse of the huge, multipanel televisions.I imagine this place becomes packed on big game nights. As the executive chef, are you also in charge of the marketing that draws people in, in addition to crafting the menu and cooking?

Chef Dudley: Yes. I share responsibility with the general manager—we are partners. My job is to not only make sure that the food great, but I also must use my marketing skills and name to draw people in. I’m responsible for making the menu, training the staff, and the culinary aspects of the restaurant. Additionally, I sell the atmosphere and develop programs, happy hours, and other different incentives that can appeal to a wide range of guests. If you look at this place, we have a lot of real estate. So, we host happy hours for professionals and for HBCU alumni. We also have ‘Tailgate Tuesdays’ on our huge patio and terrace.


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BE: For those not familiar with the property, the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino offers a few other chef-driven restaurants, like FISH by Jose Andres, Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse, the aforementioned Marcus. So, you get the ambiance, glitz, and glamour of the MGM Casino combined with top rated culinary experiences. Do you work with your local Chamber of Commerce or business bureaus to let others living in different cities know that, when traveling the Maryland Beltway, the MGM is an incredible option for vacation, gambling, or fine dining?

Chef Dudley: Yes we do. We are in constant contact with business bureaus, the Chamber of Commerce, as well as state and county tourism agencies, to let folks know this sparkling complex is here. We are in heavy contact with officials from our home base, here in Prince George’s County.

As you know, casinos can get a bad rep, and they are often accused of sucking the life out of a community. MGM has been totally involved in the community. Most of our hires live here in Prince George’s County, and we do a certain percentage of business with local vendors. It’s a social responsibility for MGM to come in and give back to the community, while also being profitable. I’m also working on doing things with local high schools and Stratford University to let people know that the culinary arts is a viable career option, and is greater than just something to resort to when you think can’t do anything else.





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How to Make an Impact in Your Industry and Boost Career Success

If you’re looking to stand out in your industry, a focus on making an impact over income can take your career to unimaginable heights. Here are four steps to getting started:

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Identify an Untapped Need or Overlooked Opportunity


Is there something missing from a well-known process in your industry? What are the issues in your field that people ignore or refuse to talk about? Have you found a way to challenge or change “tried and true” practices that no longer work in your industry? Can you simplify an over-complicated process?

Put People, Not Products at the Heart of Everything You Do


Martin Luther King is a perfect example of someone who painted a clear vision and gathered people together for a common cause. Even today, MLK’s I Have a Dream speech empowers people to take action.

To get started, rally people around your vision and make sure it’s easy for them to communicate at least three key messages: Who are the people that can benefit the most from this change? What are the benefits of supporting this movement? What transformative results can they expect? Which habits do they need to break to achieve success?

Amplify Your Voice Across a Variety of Channels


Use blogs, videos, news articles, podcast interviews, or live events to amplify your voice. Be bold and unapologetic when you talk about why the status quo should be challenged. What evidence can you share to change the conversation about an untapped need in your area? What’s holding people back from success? How can you best demonstrate a new way of thinking or approach? What tools can people use to succeed?

Don’t Complain, Create


Mahatma Gandhi said it best: Be the change that you’d like to see. Provide a clear direction or steps for people to follow: How can you cultivate a collaborative environment, event, or platform for people to learn, connect, and exchange information? How can you create an opportunity for them to pay it forward in ways that spread your brand’s key messages?




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Amanda Seales on her Candid Conversation with Caitlyn Jenner and Career Success

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By now, many of us have reveled in watching Caitlyn Jenner getting schooled on her privilege by Amanda Seales, a comedian, actress, and a star on HBO’s Insecure. Both Seales and Jenner were attending Katy Perry’s “Friends and Family: Dinner With Discourse” party when things took an unexpected turn.

In a video clip that has since gone viral, Seales is seen explaining why she has had such a different experience in America as a black woman as compared to Jenner, a wealthy and celebrated transgender woman.

“The reason I am so passionate—and I’m not hostile, I’m passionate—the reason I am so passionate is because I’ve had such a different experience in this country than you,” Seales told Jenner. “Because as a black woman, the government is so much in my life, and it always has been. The government literally said that black men could not even be in the house or else women couldn’t get welfare. That’s a big reason why there’s such a chasm between black women and black men in this generation.”

While promoting the premiere of Season 2 of Insecure at the 2017 American Black Film Festival, Seales opened up about the conversation, revealing that she is not concerned if Jenner actually learned something from that moment. Rather, she has been more moved by the response she’s received about the clip from other black women.



The 35-year-old actress also shared three tips for women of color striving to establish a successful career in entertainment. Watch the clip below.


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Bye, Siri and ‘HelloAlice’: How Black Women Can Use This New Tech for Business Success

For those who are #TeamiPhone, Siri has probably become your bestie. It gives directions to that next power meeting; finds the perfect meetup spot for a blind date; and even keeps you on point remembering grandma’s 80-something birthday—all prompted by “Hey Siri.” Women entrepreneurs of color may soon be saying, “HelloAlice.”

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But what if you, the entrepreneur—female, specifically—could actually have a “Siri” who is a know-it-all business coach; well-connected mastermind leader; and experienced venture capitalist? Perhaps a virtual assistant with robust knowledge of resources that will help you fund your business, scale business growth, expand your network of key stakeholders, and find out how to close the deal with major investors.

HelloAlice is the incarnation of a female entrepreneur’s dream come true. The web-based, artificial intelligence platform was created by Circular Board, an organization that has helped more than 200 entrepreneurs raise more than $ 28 million in capital through the first virtual accelerator for women entrepreneurs, in partnership with Dell and Pivotal.




The platform serves as a a virtual assistant with a robust knowledge of resources to help fund your business; scale business growth;  expand your network of key stakeholders, and assist with closing a deal with major investors.

Here are three ways HelloAlice can balance the scales of success particularly, for women entrepreneurs of color, based on our testing:

A One-Stop Shop, Particularly for Startup Entrepreneurs


For the newbie entrepreneur, Alice is a great platform to find tried-and-true how-tos for successfully launching a business. It offers insight into everything from website design to creating a business plan.

“Alice is really the answer to what I wish I had when I started my first company,” says Carolyn Rodz, founder and CEO of Circular Board. “There are so many resources today, and the intellectual and financial capital is clustered in a select number of really dense startup ecosystems,” she adds.

“Initially when we started this, it was to see what innovation would look like if we democratized access to resources and brought the financial expertise and the intellectual knowledge to all entrepreneurs regardless of where they came from, what industry they are in, what stage of growth. We’re really helping get them integrated into the millions of resources available.

Users choose categories including accounting, financing, strategy, and technology. Alice provides resources in the form of blogs, websites, and other sites from tailored sources of information in those areas. It offers solutions in the form of tools, content, experts, and also events. Try that with your average search engine—you typically wind down a time-consuming rabbit hole of information overload.

More Open Access and Inclusion by Way of Real-Life Vetting


Alice was created as a virtual “mentor, guide and confidante,” for women entrepreneurs to find specific tools and resources they need in one ecosystem.

At the forefront of its inception is something that could particularly help black female entrepreneurs: Access to information, networks, and real-time mentors from diverse sources that are convenient to find. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? (For now.)

“We started with a virtual accelerator program and got an incredible amount of traction through that,” Rodz says. “What was interesting through that process was that not only were we attracting women from all over the world, but we had almost 50% minority women which was really exciting to us. And we started to realize that the diversity issue that we see in the ecosystem is really more about getting outside of the bubble. [When recruiting,] we looked really far and wide. Entrepreneurs are everywhere, so instead of just looking at those working out of a co-working space in the middle of San Francisco, for us it was very important as an organization that we look and cast a really broad net, to start to bring more people into the broader ecosystem.”

HelloAlice Is by Women, for Women


Dell notes that as the platform is populated with more information and resources, machine learning will allow Alice to “predict founders’ needs to guide them to referrals, events, mentors, and access points to capital and ecosystems.”

Alice’s current real-time resources have been culled from Dell’s, Pivotal’s, and Circular Board’s networks of entrepreneurs and partnerships with leading business organizations including the SBA, the United Nations Foundation, and Y Combinator. Users can also suggest new sources of information to be considered for Alice’s future search results.

You can think of the HelloAlice platform as a web-based world where some of the smartest, most well-educated and successful entrepreneurs from your LinkedIn connections or Facebook friends offer targeted information, recommendations, and insights for business success—all in one place founded on the principle of for-women-by-women.

“What excites me a lot about the work we do with Circular Board in general and specifically through Alice is the ability to pull women in and get them connected to these accelerator programs, to these co-working space, so that they become part of the conversations that are being had.”

Hopefully, with the growth of Alice, diversity is still an important part of its user experience and that the perspectives, insights, and resources remain truthfully reflective of the actual body of today’s women entrepreneurs and their needs. Otherwise, black women entrepreneurs just might have to stick to, Hey Siri, resources for black women entrepreneurs, please and thank you.

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Lisa Rinna’s Fashion Line Is More Than a Trend: How the Real Housewives Star Found Huge Success on QVC

ESC: Lisa Rinna, QVCWhen you turn on QVC, there are a whole lot of items that could tempt shoppers.
Cookware from celebrity chefs like Rachael Ray are always a hot seller. Items for the home from Property…

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Czech Nymphing Master Class: On-Stream Tactics For Success

Czech Nymphing Master Class: On-Stream Tactics For Success

CZECH NYMPHING MASTER CLASS: ON-STREAM TACTICS FOR SUCCESSSteve ParrottMedia Resources, Feb 2012DVD ISBN: 0-MER-30UPC: 880074219825 An on-stream river clinic on how to effectively use the four methods. Shows you how to constantly read changing river conditions & how to match the water with the method. Detailed instruction on the river, leader rigging & fly tying, it has it all! Learn to fish like a PRO! Four methods covered – Czech, French, Polish & Spanish; 100 min.
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WATCH: “I’d Rather…” – (Avoiding Success)

We pretty much all have things we want – and more often than not they are things we could get… if we put in more of the time and effort necessary to get them. But too often we spend that time on other things – things we wouldn’t claim are more important, but we show what’s important to us by what we consistently spend our resources on. It’s not that we are bad or stupid – we are unconsciously trying to keep ourselves safe. I hope this will help you change your mind about what you spend your valuable time on.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at

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7 Steps to Create Giant Success and Live a Fulfilled Life in the Process


NASA experts use what is called “the chain of events” to understand the root causes of failures. In this chain, a cause creates an effect that becomes the cause of a new effect and so on until the failure occurs. If multiple events can connect and lead to a failure, the opposite is true as well. There is a series of mental events that lead to massive success. Each event is the cause for another event. How can you apply this thinking to create authentic success, meaning and fulfillment in your life? Here’s the countdown:

Step 6
The final outcome that we want in our lives is to have great results. Nobody works for several years with the hope that maybe one day, if everything falls perfectly into place and if he’s lucky enough he will fail. We all want results and success as the final effect. What is the cause of this effect?

Step 5
Success is ensured through steady growth, exponential thinking, smart work, commitment and continuous learning. Overnight success usually requires many years of work. Nothing worthwhile is created quickly. What allows you to invest a lot of time and effort, to learn, to research and work hard until your dream becomes real?

Step 4
The mental forces that allow you to continue learning, working and growing are inspiration, drive and motivation. Educational systems are constantly looking for new ways to motivate their students to learn various disciplines; organizations are investing millions of dollars in motivational programs for their employees. These approaches create only a momentary spike of motivation that rapidly goes away with the stimulus. Neither are sustainable because they lack the rock solid inner personal foundation.

Step 3
The only way to trigger sustainable motivation, drive and inspiration is to live your life with a sense of purpose. When you make the decision to trust your heart, to live your values and to honor your passion, you will find purpose. If you don’t live your values, if you ignore your passion and if you don’t honor the intelligence of your heart, you will be empty and most likely experience a lot of emotional pain. You cannot create an inner conflict between the mind and the heart, you cannot lie to yourself about who you are, about your dreams and expect to live a fulfilled life.

Step 2
The most straightforward and probably the only authentic way to find a sense of purpose is to put your life in the honest perspective. Honesty is critical.

Step 1
You put your life in the honest (and correct) perspective by living the truth and by fully embracing reality. What is the most uncomfortable reality we all need to face in our lives?


“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”
– T.S. Eliot

Our time here on Earth is limited. The desert fathers in the remote monasteries of Egypt, the Greek orthodox monks on Mount Athos or the ancient shamans in Central America understood that death is the wisest and most reliable guide we have in life.

Without sadness or worry, you must fully embrace the fact that you don’t have time to doubt yourself, to live in self-pity, to postpone your dreams, to delay your life. You simply don’t have time for a meaningless, empty existence. Without the awareness of our limited time on Earth, everything around us is trivial and ordinary.

“All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know”
– Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize Laureate

Honesty without judgment is the secret door to peace and fulfillment, so think and feel the answer to these questions:

1. If your life ended in this moment, would you be fulfilled with how you have lived and what you have accomplished so far?

2. Would you be able to honestly say you have lived an authentic life?

3. What regrets do you have in life?

4. How can you live from now on without continuing to accumulate more and more regrets?

Leave a comment and tell me. We’re in this together.

For hundreds of years humanity has tried to answer the question – “is there life after death?” For the first time in your life you now must honestly answer the question:
Do you really have a life before death?

Your friend,
Dr. Dragos

PS: Go do something extraordinary. Because it’s never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It’s the ordinary people like you and me, who get up off their knees and decide to take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary.


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Working Women Don’t Have Wives: Professional Success in the 1990s

Working Women Don’t Have Wives: Professional Success in the 1990s

Terri Apter examines the pressure on working women as they try to balance marriage and childcare with the growing demands of the workplace. Analyzing the results of more than 100 interviews with working women, Apter shows how the myth of the "superwoman" masks the problems that real women must face.
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The X-Factors of Success

At the elite levels of success, talent and skill aren’t enough to make you a stand-out because at these levels each candidate will be equal in both. As you climb to the top, success becomes about different things. Success becomes more about what sets you apart as unique and different from others. It becomes about who you are and how you deal with people. It becomes about your beliefs and attitudes. Success, once you reach the elite levels, becomes internal.

1. Originality.

Originality is the quality of your character that separates and distinguishes you from those of the same qualifications and ability, especially when strongly matched. To stand out, you have to be unafraid to express your more out-of-the-box ideas and risk putting them out for view. You must possess the will and fortitude to be no one other than yourself, regardless of external pressures to fit in. To be admired, you must have a strongly developed belief in your inner purpose and in the uniqueness of your mind and thoughts.

Expressing your originality means having the willingness to take responsibility for your actions. You honor your time by making complete use of it and you respect the space only you can occupy in the world. You strive to build a sense constancy in all things. All the while, you commit yourself to being flexible enough to stretch, to grow and to be brave.

True to who you are, you do not wish to be someone else or to be like someone, nor will you change for others based upon the larger ideas they promote that you see as limiting to your creativity. Sure in who you are, you are able to view another’s criticism as a compliment to your originality. If your ideas are targeted, then you can be certain you’re doing something right.

When criticisms come, you are strong enough to possess that undeniable confidence and wisdom to view naysayers as your great motivational drivers. Their doubts and negative judgments only serve to create such a motivational stirring within you that you burn even more deeply with the conviction to have your ideas succeed in the world.

As you create your success from this type of emotional stirring you can someday thank these people, maybe even offer them a check, because without their skepticism you would not have had such a deep compulsion to succeed.

2. Courage.

When you have courage you are bold in making your own choices about the life you choose to lead. As a courageous individual, you live with a refusal to let anyone or anything stand in your way; not your sex, your height, your appearance, skin color or socio economic background. You are deliberate in your belief in living a life without limits. In doing this, you show others how they can, and must, also follow this principle in their own lives.

Because you are courageous, you are committed to being creative, to constantly taking chances — racehorse chances — to negotiate your path. You can’t play small because it is not in your make-up to do anything but strive for your best. With a sense of courage, you have been endowed with the finest levels of determination and believe you are made strong through struggle.

You know that in standing out you will face ridicule, but you press forward anyway. While some succumb to pressures of being “boxed,” as a courageous person you stand up every time to each challenge and to each loss. You navigate your way to bigger and better levels of living, loving and succeeding.

3. Faith.

Faith is knowing that not everything you put out will be a masterpiece, that not every idea you have will be workable. Patience is about trying for it. It is knowing the moment you put an idea into action that you are going for it.

When something doesn’t work you go through a process of refinement. To perfect your ideas, you try again and again until you succeed. Faith is the deeper wisdom of belief. It is the willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up. It is the ability to remain steadfast, knowing that with enough tries you will get your result.

You are successful because you have learned how to “wait well.” It is one thing to be driven but it is whole other thing to be driven through wisdom. Faith is a wise character trait built upon patience. Patience is not about waiting, being frustrated and stopping and hoping something good will come. The successful know that faith is about working hard and trusting that your desired result will manifest in its own perfect timing.

4. Goodness.

The deeper intention of your purpose and creativity in life is geared towards the betterment of humanity. Your heart is centered, first and foremost, on being a really good human being. You live with a sense of direction, pride, gratitude and the deep desire to give and make this world a better place. You understand that in the rendering of your time and services to many that this places you on the path to greatness through your goodness. Your authenticity is what brings you great wealth, great return, deeply felt satisfaction, a stellar reputation and profound joy.

The truly elite are other-centered and know the surest path to success comes by helping others to reach their own success. As a good human being, you have a way of being profound without being preachy. You have a deep sense of humanity and all of its flavors. You do not judge others as good, better or worse. You are not interested in the external but are rather searching to find the heart of another human being.

You understand not every person is a good person but you possess the composure to be kind regardless, without engaging too much. You believe in discipline and right action, as both of these bring out the best in yourself and others.

To be successful you must compel yourself toward ideas that liberate. You are passionate about ideas that have the power to make you and others bigger, finer, stronger, more courageous, more generous and more merciful.

To be successful you must work hard, count deeply on yourself and strive to owe nothing. You know you are a “somebody” when you are both intelligent and kind. These are traits hard to find wrapped up in one person. To be amongst the elite you must possess a certain resilience. You must be filled so deeply from within that you are naturally enthusiastic. With this enthusiasm for life you are able to get up time and again, to keep “doing” when you want to stop, to believe even when in doubt, and you are able to embrace failing and losing. You are aware that failing and losing only lead you into rediscovering, repurposing and ultimately “finding.”

Sherapy Advice: There is no regression in life, only constant change fueling your growth, success and personal betterment

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Comedian Grace Helbig Credits All Her Success To These Three Words

Comedian Grace Helbig is a YouTube phenomenon, the star of her own new show on E! and a New York Times bestselling author, but the self-proclaimed “awkward older sister” says she owes all her success to failure.

In a commencement speech she delivered Friday at her alma mater, Ramapo College, Helbig, 29, recalled an epiphany she had while working an unfulfilling office job while dreaming of being a professional comedian.

“Quite honestly I think it is way more terrifying to be boring than to be a failure,” she said. “Failures are what make you interesting, and they’re what give you perspective and they’re what get you millions of views on YouTube.”

That mindset, she told the graduates, comes from a mantra she picked up while doing improv in New York after graduating in 2007: “Follow your fear.”

“When you’re uncomfortable, that’s when things get really interesting,” she said. “The more I kept doing improv and the more I kept following my fear, the more I realized that being uncomfortable is truly being alive,” Helbig added later. “The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear.”

That philosphy, she explained, led her to one of her most laughable learning experiences.

“I’ve auditioned for SNL in front of Lorne Michaels wearing a belly chain and doing my best Jersey girl accent. Oh my gawd, can you believe I didn’t get cast?” she said, flipping on the accent. “Oh my gawd.”

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Everything in Orange: Success Story of Easyjet

Everything in Orange: Success Story of Easyjet

We all like travelling, and the airplanes are often our favourites. But when we get on to the plane we do not think about the mechanism which is behind our trip. Do we know why and how can we travel cheap with these so called budget airlines? How can they do this business so well, which is normally very hard and expensive even for the biggest national airlines? This book tries to give us the answer by talking about the strategy of low-cost airlines in general and through the example of easyJet. In the last decades lots of things has changed in the centralized air transport industry with the liberalisation of the European sky. This book shows us the way low-cost companies began to operate next to the big national airlines, when finally the real competition got started. One of the most remarkable budget airline in Europe is easyJet. Everything is so catching: funny advertisements, a dynamic homepage on the internet, and not to mention the amazing success of the whole easyGroup. You just can not go by this orange world.
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7 Surprising Myths About Success


There’s more to success than what we’ve been sold.

We’ve been told it’s an exercise in elite living, measured by dollars and followers–that if we have enough sports cars, mansions, and paparazzi, then we’re someone. If not, we’re told to settle with envying success from afar, or to just strive for the rest of our lives. For those who believe it, this garbage is killing the dream.

I’m so tired of seeing news, articles, and books calling out “success” as something reserved for big-name celebrities and out-of-reach rock stars. Why be limited to such a shallow definition when you were destined for so much more?

Let’s get back to the real meaning of success by getting clear on some popular myths about it:

#1. Success is all about money. The lifestyles of the rich and famous don’t compare to the lifestyles of the real and authentic. Those who keep score in life based only on their bank account will find themselves bankrupted in the big things. Success is all about service.

#2. It takes forever to get there. Success can be experienced every day in sharing a smile, completing a project, and serving someone. It’s about thinking differently every day about life.

#3. Success is measured by followers. Measuring success by views, likes, and followers is the fast track to missing meaningful moments in life. Yes, it’s great to influence people, but success is about so much more. There’s no way of knowing how much impact real kindness, generosity, or courage can have in someone’s life.

#4. It’s all about you. Ever heard this one? You won’t find successful people focusing only on themselves. They live and breathe service to others. They don’t think less of themselves, they just think less about themselves and more about powering others around them.

#5. Success is about winning the political game. Some people believe that the only way to win is to act like someone else. Successful people stick with their real identities and don’t make them a secret. They’re authentic, and filled with a brightness of possibilities. They’re bold in what they believe, in how they behave, and in what they ultimately become.

#6. It takes sacrificing your values. Your values are part of the success equation, and successful people know they shouldn’t be ignored. They get and stay connected to their deepest and best self through meditation, prayer, whatever it takes. And it makes all the difference.

#7. Success means no “you” time. Success is about escaping the demands so often swarming around you. Burying the cellphone and stepping into places where pondering is allowed, where you can get deep clarity, and connect to yourself and others.

What myths have you heard about success? What above stands out most to you? What can you do to become truly more successful today?

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. Here are seven other posts I’ve written:
The Deadliest Threat to Success
9 Things Powerful People Never Say
Why I Bury My Cellphone in a Drawer at Night
7 Things Powerful People Don’t Do
As You Wish – 3 Keys to Having More Than it All
8 Ways to Create the Happiest Career (and Life) on Earth
3 Things Powerful People Do Daily
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The Link Between Age Compatibility And Relationship Success


Life in the Boomer Lane has written numerous brilliant, profound, and downright side-splitting posts. But no matter how many seriously valuable topics she attempts to cover, from cats who want to kill you to big butts, there are three topics that remain permanently on her Biggest Hits List. They are:

1. The Universal Hot/Crazy Matrix: A Man’s Guide to Women
2. The Myth of older Men Wanting Younger Women
3. The Link Between Physical Attractiveness and Relationship Success

For this reason, she has decided to combine all three into one end-of-year post that will give readers a veritable climax of blog reading: We will discuss information about women that men can use, the older man/younger women dynamic, and what determines relationship success.

Every time she writes a post about older men and younger women, she receives a lot of well-considered responses from men, to the tune of “BLAH BLAH BLAH We don’t care what you write because REAL MEN only want young babes because they are hot and MY GIRLFRIEND/WIFE is 30 years YOUNGER than me and we have a deep and meaningful relationship in which we spend all of our time in bed, while she does acrobatic tricks and I try not to have a heart attack.”

OK, then. So the following is clearly not for you. You may bypass this post and go back to either your perfect relationship or searching for dates on LBL will not attempt to prove that men prefer younger women. She concedes that, in a perfect fantasy world, most men probably do prefer younger women. She will, instead, show that actual relationship success is determined by partners being age-compatible.

Now, let’s get to it: A recent study by Emory University polled data compiled from 3000 married and recently divorced couples. Various indices were used to predict relationship success. One of them was the age gap between partners. A one-year discrepancy in a couple’s ages, the study found, makes them 3 percent more likely to divorce (when compared to their same-aged counterparts); a 5-year difference, however, makes them 18 percent more likely to split up. And a 10-year difference makes them 39 percent more likely. Once you enter large-gap territory, the 20-year difference and the 30-year difference, the odds of divorce are huge.

Let us now rephrase this and put it in bold: The wider the age gap of partners, the lower their chances are of relationship success.

Differences in ages also mean differences in life experience and cultural reference points. Generations may be an invention, but they are meaningful nonetheless. With all the strikes against long-lasting marriages nowadays, at least marrying someone age-compatible gives one a better shot at marital longevity. Note to men whose wives are way younger: LBL suspects she already knows what you are going to say. So you can save your energy for other, more fun, activities.

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The Andrews Sisters 156 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters 156 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about The Andrews Sisters

Back by popular demand: The Andrews Sisters. This book is your ultimate resource for The Andrews Sisters. Here you will find the most up-to-date 156 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about The Andrews Sisters’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Lari White – Musical career, Don Raye, Sonny Boy (song) – Notable recordings, Vocal group, Shamrock Hotel – Operation, Club Fifteen – Cast, Glenn Miller discography – Addenda, Abbott and Costello – Radio, Frank Sinatra & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – 1940-50: Sinatramania and decline of career, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Bing Crosby – Career statistics, Sonny Burke, United Services Organization – World War II, Give Out, Sisters, Origins of rock and roll – 1940s, Dandridge Sisters – Career, Freddie Slack – Life and career, The Kraft Music Hall – Radio, Close harmony – Vocal, George Martin Lane – The Lone Fish Ball, Alexander’s Ragtime Band – History, Command Performance (radio), Swing era – Songs from the swing era, Swing music – Notable musicians, Summer of ’42 – Soundtrack, George Cates, Private Buckaroo – Soundtrack, Sparrow in the Treetop, The Boswell Sisters, Womanizer (song) – Music and lyrics, Bo Diddley beat – Songs using the Bo Diddley Beat, Stop! In the Name of Love – Cover versions and other uses, Company (musical) – Act I, Burl Ives – 1930s-1940s, Brothers & Sisters (TV series) – Musicians, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? – Other versions, Role of music in World War II – American songs, Rum and Coca Cola, Calypso music – Popular music, The Shrine of Saint Cecilia – Other versions, and much more.

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The Monkees 95 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about The Monkees

The Monkees 95 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about The Monkees

Here it is: The Monkees! This book is your ultimate resource for The Monkees. Here you will find the most up-to-date 95 Success Facts, Information, and much more.In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about The Monkees’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: The Monkees Anthology – CD 1, The Best of The Monkees – Bonus Karaoke CD+G, The Monkees – The Birds, The Bees The Monkees, The Monkees – Discography, More of the Monkees – Session information, The Monkees (TV series) – Home media, The Monkees – Musical, Greatest Hits (1995 The Monkees album), The Monkees – Head, Daydream Believer – The Monkees version, Take a Giant Step (The Monkees song), The Monkees (TV series) – Legacy, The Monkees (TV series) – Awards and nominations, The Monkees – 2000s reunions, Greatest Hits (1995 The Monkees album) – Track listing, The Monkees – New Monkees, The Monkees – Former, The Monkees – Tours, Gretsch – Gretsch electric twelve-string and The Monkees, The Monkees (TV series) – The Monkees’ Pad, Don Kirshner – The Monkees, The Monkees – On tour, Extended Versions (The Monkees album), The Monkees – MTV and Nickelodeon reignite Monkeemania, More of the Monkees – Album cover, The Monkees – Comics, (Theme From) The Monkees, The Monkees – Conception, A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You – Don Kirshner vs. The Monkees, More of the Monkees – 2006 Bonus Tracks, The Monkees – Covers, More of the Monkees – Side 1, The Monkees (TV series) – Monkeemobile, The Monkees (TV series) – Syndication, The Monkees – Developing the music for their debut album, The Monkees – Meeting the Beatles, and much more…

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Start Your Own Specialty Travel & Tour Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success

Start Your Own Specialty Travel & Tour Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success

Used – Unlike traditional travel agencies, readers of this start-up guide learn how to focus on specialty tour packages, from whitewater rafting to wildlife safaris to tours of gourmet restaurants.

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Winning Attitude on the Field Translates to Career Success

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Start Your Own Fashion Accessories Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success

Start Your Own Fashion Accessories Business: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success

Used – Basic updating of resources and interviews with successful owners in the fashion accessories business. Trendy entrepreneurs learn how to create and sell their own accessories, buy wholesale accessories for resale or establish their own online or traditional store. Our experts take them step by step from creating a business plan, to setting up a home workshop and office, exploring the market, managing finances, publicizing and advertising the business and much more. Industry professionals

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Success and Honesty

The success principle of honesty is a lost art among many people. To be honest is a part of success, because it shows that a person can be trusted. When we are people of our word, letting our yea be yea, and our nay, nay, we actually reveal that we are worth doing business with, that we are worth something.

We cannot escape the fact that we and our words are one. If we lie, we are seen as a liar. If we tell the truth and aim to be a person of integrity, then people will see us as upright. Our word should be our bond. When we say we will do something, people ought to be able to carry that to the bank.

Honesty shows that we honor those with whom we associate. We respect them. It does not matter how good we are with our talents and gifts. Regardless of how well we do what we do, if our words cannot be trusted, people will lose faith in us. People love to do business with those who are fair, honest and reliable.

Actually, if you are going to attract the attention of the key players in the business world, those who stand out above the rest, you will have to learn how to be honest in your dealings with your fellowman. Your reputation will get around before you arrive on the scene.

People are always talking, and if you are not an honest person, word will get around that you cannot be trusted. Your character, the Book of Proverbs points out, is more valuable than silver or gold. This is true, even though many in today’s society do not want to believe it.

If you are a liar, or someone who cheats people out of their money by taking the money and then refusing to do the job you were hired to do, or refusing to do the job well, then you will find that people who could enrich you, will avoid you at all costs.

You cannot do away with the fact that you are judged by your character above all else. People may admire what you have, but who you are matters much more.

Here are three tips on developing honesty that will assist you in becoming the kind of person people love to be associated with:

1. Be quick to hear, but slow to speak. Do your best to only give your word, when you are serious about keeping it. Your word must mean something. It must have value. Let your yes be yes, and your no, no.

2. Do not practice trying to always get something for nothing. Never practice stealing from anybody. Always do your best to do whatever job you take on. Be your best and do your best. Let people see that you can be counted on to accomplish goals and assigned tasks and to do so to the best of your ability.

3. If you mess up or make a mistake, take responsibility for your actions, and be willing to make restitution if you have to. Do not allow others to have to pay for your failures. Man up. Woman up. Yes, you may be chewed out. But when people see that you refuse to throw the blame, they will sense that you are a person who can be trusted.

Never be afraid to be honest and live honorably before men. Your character will last long after you are gone. So be sure and make it count.
GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
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