1. Do Not Let Your Age Limit You.

As a young entrepreneur, you may be often scrutinized for your age- but I think it’s your biggest advantage. Many successful businessman recruit people who are motivated and hungry , which often happens to be  business-minded men and women that are young and ready to pounce on a great opportunity. Of course, many might doubt your experience, but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. Be upfront and honest, and most importantly, own your skill set. If you are confident in yourself and own your skill, you will distinguish yourself from others.

2. Follow Your Passion.

This advice has been given by many successful entrepreneurs, such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, and I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to becoming successful. Do what you love and what you are good at. If you aren’t passionate about something, you’ll most likely give up, and that’s why it’s extremely important to pursue your passion.

3. Set BIG Goals, But Take Small Steps.

Of course every hungry, young entrepreneur wants to become the next Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates, but it doesn’t happen overnight. They didn’t go to sleep one night, and wake up the next morning billionaires. Of course we all would love to build an empire like Microsoft or Facebook overnight, but becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t like hitting the lotto. You have to build your own path, and set goals. If you do little things everyday, they will add up. Always be focused on the bigger picture, and make sure you take the steps to get there. There is no elevator for success.

4. Reevaluate and Always Strive To Improve.

You know the saying “Never settle”? Well it definitely applies in becoming successful. You should constantly be striving to do better. This goes hand-in-hand with setting goals. Check in with yourself. One thing I personally like to do is write down my goal of where I want to be in a year. I start with the big picture, then write down what goal I plan to accomplish within six months, that will enable me to accomplish my 1 year goal . Next, I write down what I’m going to accomplish this month, so I reach the 6 month goal I have set, and so on, and so on.

 

4 Essential Tips For Entrepreneurs

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Business Advice That Will Motivate & Bring Success To A Young Entrepreneur


Myself, a young entrepreneur, I decided to attend the Cultivate Success Convention in Long Beach, where I’ve had the opportunity to listen a handful of entrepreneurs that were not only an inspiration, but a motivation. Although it was a Nerium convention, and anti-aging products aren’t necessarily my forte, my mom had told me they had a Young Entrepreneur Program, so I was enthusiastic about going. In the beginning of the convention, I learned while Jeff Olson, Nerium’s CEO, was speaking, that the business made over $100 million dollars in revenue its first year. After hearing that bit, I was all ears to what the speakers had to say, and feeling inspired I decided to blog some tips and advice that would be useful to a young entrepreneur, not just from the convention, but other successful entrepreneurs as well.

1) Take Risks

Ever heard the saying, “high risk, high reward”? Well, there’s a reason that so many entrepreneurs encourage others to take risks, because doing so brings positive results. Though the outcome may not always be what you anticipate, it is still positive- because it gives you experience. You learn a lot more from failures than you do successes, and even if you fail, you’ve learned what not to do the next time around.

2) Surround Yourself With Positive People

I can personally say from experience, that this plays a big factor in success. If you surround yourself by successful people, you are likely to adopt similar principles and attitudes, just the same as if you were to associate with negative people, you’d most likely become more pessimistic. Choose your friends wisely, as they’re a reflection of you.

3) Don’t Fear Rejection

My dad is a serial entrepreneur, who is busy from the time he opens his eyes until he rests his head on his pillow at night. Now, you think that family would easily be able to get him on the phone, but this isn’t always the case. Two years ago, I wanted to talk to him about his successes in business and also about learning to code. I called him almost everyday, twice a day. Emailed him. Texted him. Messaged him on Gmail. I would often get a text back saying “I’ll call you in an hour,” and never would I hear back from him. When I got him on the phone, he’d say, “I’ll call you right back,” and the same thing would happen, I’d never hear back from him. Determined, I persisted and finally got a response, and a very positive one at that. He even told me he loved and admired my persistence and that even though, at times, he had been annoyed, he took me seriously. This is a prime example of a situation where I could have gotten discouraged, I could’ve thought, ‘he doesn’t care about me’, but I didn’t. I kept pushing and finally, after being rejected time and time again, I got his attention. I could’ve given up, but I didn’t. All you need is one “yes”.

Typhoon Haiyan Death Toll Nearing 10,000


Typhoon Haiyan will go down as one the strongest storms to ever hit landfall, as it is making its way toward Vietnam into China, as many as 10,000 people are already feared dead in the Philippines after hitting the country Friday. Dead bodies are filling the country’s streets, millions of residents are without power and communication, and looters are sweeping the area.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria told The Associated Press that on Saturday he was briefed by Leyte provincial Governor Dominic Petilla, who told him that there were about 10,000 deaths on the island. Sadly, majority of the deaths were from drowning or caused by collapsed buildings. The AP reports that Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.”

The storm hit landfall early Friday morning at 4:40 a.m. local time near Guiuan, on the Philippine island of Samar, about 405 miles southeast of the country’s capital, Manila, with winds of almost 200 miles per hour, destroying and flattening entire towns in the country’s southern and central regions. As the storm moves west, it is weakening and has yet to make another landfall- acting just like a category 1 hurricane, moving with approximately 75 mile per hour winds. Southeast China is on alert for mudslides, as six inches of rainfall is anticipated to hit. Typhoon Haiyan has affected 2 million families, according to a statement from the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development. Some 96,039 displaced families with 449,416 people are staying in 1,790 evacuation centers, while 36,627 other families with 182,329 people temporarily sought shelter in their friends and relatives’ houses, according to the statement.

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The Return of The Very First Website


Celebrating their 20th anniversary of making the World Wide Web available to everyone , CERN is bringing back the very first website at its original URL. You can view the very first webpage Tim Berners Lee and the WWW team put on the web, by directing your browser to :

http://info.cem.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

CERN has big plans for the original website, starting with bringing the rest of the pages back to the Web. “We will look at the first web servers at CERN and see what assets from them we can preserve and share. We will also sift through documentation and try to restore machine names and IP addresses to their original state,” writes CERN’s Dan Noyes.

For several years that URL redirected to the root info.cern.ch.site. But, CERN has brought it back to life. Well, kinda. The site has been reconstructed from an archive that was hosted on the W3C site, so what you’re actually seeing is a 1992 copy of the first website. Unfortunately, this is the earliest copy anyone can find, though the CERN team is hoping to find an older copy.

In viewing the source of the very first webpage, you’ll discover a few things about early HTML that have transformed, like the use of <HEADER> instead of <HEAD> or the complete absence of a root <HTML> tag. There’s also a trace of Berners Lee’s famous NeXT machine in the <NEXTID N=”55″> tag.

It’s amazing for techies everywhere, to see just how far we’ve come, and what territory we still have left to conquer.

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New Jersey Mall Gunman Found Dead


Eric Delgado, age 20, and his seven of his friends were shopping at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in New Jersey, when he heard a gunshot around 9pm. Eric and his friends saw the gunman who police have identified as Richard Shoop, dressed in full body armor and a motorcycle helmet, and they hid in a dressing room for 45 minutes.
Reports say that a gunman entered around 9:20pm and fired 6 times. Early this morning, police have found the body of the gunman, identified with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. No other injuries have been reported.

Police initially ordered a lockdown of the 2.2 million square foot mall while over 400 shoppers and employees were still inside, and are still sweeping the premises to ensure everyone has been evacuated. A staged area is being held at Chili’s Bar & Grille for families that may have been held on lockdown to convene.

The gunman, Richard Shoop, dressed in full body armor and a motorcycle helmet, carried a rifle that was lawfully registered to his brother, officials say. Witnesses say that shots were only fired at the ceiling. Reports also tell of a suicide note police discovered at Shoop’s home, but did not disclose what was written. Prosecutor John Molinelli said Shoop, 20, has had a history of run-in’s with the law involving drugs, noting Shoop’s drug of choice was MDMA, known as “Molly”.

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Halloween- Was It A Trick, A Treat, Or A Justification?


People all over the country celebrated Halloween- whether you are a 10-year-old kid ransacking your neighbors for a few Twix and Snickers, or you are a grown-ass adult  stumbling out of the bar early into Friday morning- missing your Superman cape- you had a successful night (despite the grueling hangover I’m sure a lot of you experienced today). But why on a Thursday, did you have to get so [chocolate] intoxicated, when you indulge in the same festivities every weekend? Well, because it was Halloween, of course.

Isn’t it funny how holidays give us a reason?  New Years give us a reason to make-out with a random stranger. Valentines Day gives us a reason to either feel depressed because we are single, or entitled to being showered with romance, if we are in a relationship. Saint Patty’s Day we have a reason to wear a god-awful color of green, and drink like we’re from Ireland. Easter is our excuse to act like a kid and hunt eggs that we hid the night before. Halloween allows for girls to dress in less than undergarments and it be acceptable. Thanksgiving, we are to be thankful and grateful for everything life has blessed us with, while the next day, millions are shoving each other to buy the new iPad at half price. Christmas is an excuse to wear ugly sweaters, listen to obnoxious music, and hang tacky lights, to exchange gifts that we usually end up returning. Holidays- a perfect justification for our atypical behaviors and actions. 

But why should we be excused to swap spit with randoms on New Years, if every other day we might be labeled as promiscuous? Why all of the sudden, are we so depressed on Valentines Day, when we’ve been single for the past two years, and loving life? Why on St. Patrick’s Day are we drinking like we’re trying to windup in the hospital, when most of us aren’t even Irish? Why are we hunting for eggs that we already know where they’re hidden? Why are we coming close to catching ourselves on fire trying to light fireworks? Why are we being so kind on Thanksgiving, when every other day of the year  we can’t stand our obnoxious aunt, whose dentures almost pop out of her mouth every time she laughs? And why on Christmas, are we mad that we didn’t get the gift we’d hoped for, didn’t Thanksgiving teach us to be thankful? The answer: because we’re supposed to. 

 

Share your Halloween, or holiday experiences. 

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Blurred Love Lines-Men vs. Women


There are so many things I love about LA- countless delectable restaurants for a foodie like myself to indulge in, endless possibilities for a never-ending night out-whether it may be a (mansion) party in the hills, or a raging nightclub- along with superb shopping if you have the pocket change to keep up with those on Rodeo. So what’s the downside of this glamorous lifestyle for those of us living in Los Angeles, besides the one or two days a year we may see ten minutes of rain? The people. In particular, the people we date- or at least attempt to.

In a city filled with thousands of beautiful women and a generous number of distinguished bachelors, you can’t help but to feel in an arms race while attempting to find that special someone. It’s strenuous enough trying to find quality friends, let alone a significant other. Dating in LA is like playing a game of musical chairs- if he or she doesn’t exceed our [unreasonably] high-expectations, then likewise-we move to the next one. But, every date or moment spent with the person of interest is a gamble, really. Who’s the one that will go all in first? Who’s going to be the one to fold what most would call a good hand, and most importantly, who’s bluffing? So that brings me to ponder who are the real Hold ‘Em players when it comes to love/dating- men or women?

You can surely bet that 100% of the time that my girlfriends and I go out in LA that we get approached by men. (No cockiness intended, as I’m sure if you’re a female reading this, you can relate.) of course not wanting to be impolite, we may converse with a member of the opposite sex, but in nine-out-of-ten instances we will give concise replies, insinuating that we do not wish to carry forth with conversation. You’d think that men would learn to take a hint, yet we most often are astounded by the nine-out-of-ten men who are painstakingly oblivious to the fact that we do not wish to be pursued any further, even after the last five questions they’d asked were answered with a “No”. Sadly enough, we cannot even continue a friendly conversation, because we all know how easily kindness is mistaken as being flirtatious these days. These men just don’t get it-or do they? Maybe, similarly to a successful entrepreneur’s mindset, these men believe that persistence is key. And who is to blame for instilling this sort of way of thinking? Yes, we are ladies! Let’s face it, if a guy were to only ask us out once and we say no, we’d probably think he was incapable of making a real effort; but had he asked us out a second time, we would most likely find him repulsive, or label him as obsessive. Kind of a hard knock life, huh?

But wait a second, gentleman. Not for a second do I think you’ve exempted yourself from playing the same game- hell-don’t men play most sports better than women, anyways? I have heard plenty of stories from girlfriends who’ve thought to have found their “Prince Charming”, but found out they were really just kissing another frog, or they weren’t the only one being taken to the ball. Guilty as charged. Men will lead us on, but yet they wonder as to why we may be hesitant to believe what also was reciprocated to two other females this week. I’d challenge men to start putting their money where their mouth is when speaking words of endearment, but I’d be fearful that some may wind up impoverished.

So who’s really sending the mixed signals here-men or women? Are the men the better players, but the ball just so happens to always be in the female’s court?

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Blackface For Halloween- A Big No-No


Former “Dancing With The Stars” cast member , Julianne Hough, was bashed after posting a picture of herself with a painted blackface and orange jumpsuit over the weekend.

Obviously, the ensemble was for Halloween, as the actress said she dressed up as a character from the show “Orange Is The New Black”, but followers were outraged by the actress’ costume. Hough apologized, tweeting “It was certainly never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in anyway. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.” Hough is not the first of actors to paint the blackface, though. Ted Danson and Billy Crystal also have apologized before for the same mistake.

Although it may just be harmless fun to some, celebrities must be cautious when in the public eye, as any move is offensive to someone, somewhere. On another note, America is quite ironic in the sense that we are outraged by someone painting their face black, yet we tax the ones who want to be darker (tax on tanning), and strive to tighten our immigration policies. A bit hypocritical, no?

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If You Have An iPhone-Beware- Apple Can Read Your Messages!


“If you’re a high-profile drug dealer, or high on the FBI watch list, then you might want to watch out,” security expert, Robert Siciliano, told ABC news.

Apple has long claimed that they cannot read users’ messages using the iMessage service; however, new evidence from security researchers suggests otherwise. Presenting at a Hack in the Box Conference, Quarkslab has found that Apple’s encrypted iMessages could be read by the company, or by a third party.

The issue was raised in relation to Apple’s reported involvement with the NSA and the PRISM spying program, which claims that the government was tapping into its servers, as well as the servers of other major technology companies. Apple still maintains that it’s iMessage service has been built to restrict even Apple from reading messages.

My opinion: you can never be too safe, so don’t text about anything you wouldn’t want the whole world to see, or that you could be arrested for.

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Lose 10lbs In 3 Days With This Diet!!!


Ladies, we all know Halloween is just around the corner, and I’m sure you’re all dying to lose 10 pounds, just the same as you were in March when Spring Break was 2 weeks away. Not to worry, I’m in the same boat and have found a quick fix, as we all know doing things the “right” way takes weeks, so I’ve offered a diet plan for the ones wanting to get skinny in a few days like myself.

DAY 1:

Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 Slice of whole wheat toast, 2 Tbsp of peanut butter

Lunch: 1/2 cup of tuna, 1 slice of whole wheat toast

Dinner: 3oz of meat, 1 cup of green beans, 1/2 of a banana, 1 small apple

DAY 2:

Breakfast: 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 slice of whole wheat toast, and 1/2 of a banana

Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese, 1 hard boiled egg, and 5 saltine crackers

Dinner: 1 cup of Broccoli, 1/2 cup of carrots, and  1/2 of a banana

DAY 3:

Breakfast: 5 saltine crackers, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, and 1 small apple

Lunch: 1 hard-boiled egg, and 1 slice of whole wheat toast

Dinner: 1 cup of tuna and 1/2 of a banana

During this diet, I’d recommend drinking a lot of water and do at least 30 minutes of cardio a day. It’s best if you do cardio workouts in intervals. For example: do 15 pushups and then jog for 3 minutes, do 30 situps, jog for 3 minutes, etc.

Another recommendation for losing weight that I’ve personally had success with, would be doing the Master Cleanse.

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