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What does skimming at the Las Vegas casinos and inventing the dot marix printer have to do with each other?

Casino skimming was a large problem for the FBI in the 1960s. Skimming was the way Las Vegas casinos avoided taxes by illegally siphoning off gambling profits and routing those funds to a number of organized crime syndicates across the nation. Robert Howard started the company Centronics Data Computer Corporation to develop casino accounting systems [...]

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What is the most enjoyable thing you have ever done that was labeled “work‘”

There is no greater joy than to be passionate about what we do. When you combine creativity with productivity, greatness can be achieved. What is the most enjoyable thing you have ever done that was labeled “work”? Share your story on my Facebook page.

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Inventing Your Own Successful Future (Post #3)

Background Today, I am going to talk another important aspect of becoming very highly successful. I call it Inventing Your Own Successful Future. That future can be later today or it can be a month or year away. The process is the same. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – [...]

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What was the motivating force behind the formation of essentially all of the first three generations of Silicon Valley entrpreneurial ventures?

Silicon Valley, located in Northern California just south of San Francisco, is known as the high-tech capitol of America. It is the hub for some of the world’s most successful technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups. In an effort to figure out the motivating force behind the formation of these successful and [...]

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How did Abraham Lincoln win his first Presidency, essentially without campaigning?

Before he became the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln had to first win the Republican party nomination. His competition was stiff – and vocal. Lincoln had made his moderate politics known during what is called The Great Debates. It was fortunate then, that he basically sat silent while his competitors [...]

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How many times did Henry Ford go bankrupt before making it big?

If at first you don’t succeed… declare bankruptcy and try again. Before he made a name in the automotive industry, Henry Ford made some business missteps and had to file for bankruptcy. Twice. The first time Ford had to file was with his Detroit Automobile Company which was backed by three prominent politicians (who Ford [...]

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Steve Jobs learned from his failures. How about you?

Jobs first failed at Apple in ways that nearly bankrupted the company. He then failed to oust his hand-picked CEO, John Sculley when he couldn’t control him and was, in turn, ousted by Sculley and Apple’s Board of Directors. Having been voted off the Apple island, Jobs’ next venture was the NeXT Computer, where he [...]

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What is at the core of genius?

Simplification to the core of any complex something is the basis of genius. “To see things in the seed, that is genius.” ~ Lao Tzu When we were children, we could see that simplicity underlying genius. “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller For example, when [...]

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What’s the most surprising thing about resumes discovered in an extended study of the hiring practices of those who pick exceptional employees?

George Anders, a business journalist and author of “The Rare Find” discovered during his 30 years of research that the executives who hire the top employees pay far more attention to the “incidental” comments at the end of a resume than to the rest of the resume. They told him that these comments usually provide [...]

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Why was Richard Branson arrested?

In the early 1970s, whilst Branson was bootstrapping his mail-order record store, Virgin Records, he made the mistake of trying to evade the heavy British sales tax known as the VAT (value added tax) by pretending to export the records thereby making more profit per record sold. He was quickly caught, confessed and put on [...]

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