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Alibaba founder Jack Ma was rejected from 30 jobs, including KFC, before becoming China's richest man

His e-commerce company, Alibaba, attracts 100 million shoppers a day. Ma is worth an estimate $20.4 billion.<p>But before he was the richest person in China, Ma went through a lot of rejection.<p>In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, the businessman revealed that he failed a college entrance exam …

China

If the passenger in the seat next to you buys a snack or a movie, you probably will too

If the passenger sitting next to you on a flight buys a snack or a movie, does that make it more likely that you, too, will buy something?<p>Yes, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Pedro M. Gardete. He examined what’s known as social effect—when our behavior is influenced by the …

Marketing Strategy

The cost of being unhealthy

<b>We eat too much, drink too much and don't get enough exercise. It's that simple. And if you think that doesn't apply to you, you're probably wrong.</b><p>There are seven established factors that raise the risk of ill health. They cover everything from smoking to low fruit and vegetable consumption.<p>An …

Radiation Therapy

15 Proven Ways to Encourage Employee Happiness and Engagement

As a leader of people you need to encourage happiness in every facet of your business. I’ve created 10 techniques that will help your company be …

Happiness

An Economist Explains In Simple Terms Why Deflation Is Dangerous

So what's the big issue? If rising prices (inflation) are generally considered a bad thing, then shouldn't falling prices (deflation) be a good thing?<p>Well, yes and no.<p>Economics professor Ed Dolan is on hand with an easy-to-understand presentation (no economics degree needed), showing the …

Deflation

Microsoft HoloLens fundamentally changes vehicle design and repair

Go ahead, make a blue screen of death joke. We'll wait.<p>Microsoft HoloLens is a new reality and designers and engineers are interacting in real time, communicating in a world full of projected holograms.<p>Go ahead, make a blue screen of death joke. We'll wait.<p>The interesting thing about HoloLens (as …

Augmented Reality

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

A Former CIA Agent Explains How To Advance Your Career Like A Spy

They have to gain their opponent's trust and respond to a crisis quickly.<p>In the book "Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer," J.C. Carleson writes about her experience as an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and the business and career tips she gained during …

Employment

Here’s the now-debunked story of Stuyvesant High’s $72 million kid

<i>Editor’s note: The high-school senior mentioned in this report was later quoted by the New York Observer as saying the story was fabricated. For an</i> …

Wall Street

MORGAN STANLEY: Here Are The 45 Best Stocks For The Long Run

In September, strategist Adam Parker said the S&P 500 could peak near 3,000 during this cycle.<p>In a recent note to clients, Morgan Stanley analysts identified 45 stocks that could work with the long-term recovery in mind.<p>"Given the extremely long time horizon, we were agnostic about current …

Investing

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

At 88, billionaire inventor Alfred Mann's motivated by more than money

Many executives would have given up after sinking a decade and $1 billion into an unsalable product.<p>Wall Street had hammered the company's stock after regulators issued yet another round of safety concerns. Analysts piled on, some declaring the product would never reach the market. Shareholders …

19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Harvard

Narrowing down the 6,700-person student body to just a handful of go-getters was a challenge John Harvard himself wouldn't have struggled with any less. We spoke with campus leaders, sought the counsel of student journalists, and combed the internet to find the 19 Harvard College undergrads who …

High School

Why Playa Rincon Is the Best Beach in the World

I have been to MANY beaches in my life, but not many have left me speechless. I came to Dominican Republic in search for the perfect beach, and behold - it has been found! Away from all things tourist, on the west side of Playa Rincon.<p>1. Like the best things in life, getting there is half the …

Dominican Republic

Road Trip to the "Secret City": Atomic History in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

<i>Written by Raina Regan, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks</i><p><i>Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee</i><p>Science, secrecy, and a large sense of scale uniquely identify those sites associated with the Manhattan Project. Of the three primary sites -- Los Alamos, New Mexico; …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

10 Trek-Worthy Beaches Around The World

No lazy beach days here! From crawling under boulders to swimming through caves and day-long hikes to horseback rides, the lengths travelers have to go to in order to reach some of the world's best beaches are great. But they're not without reward. The 10 beaches on this Cheapflights.com list may …

Beaches

An Hour with Robin Williams (12/24/02) | Charlie Rose

This Startup Wants To Be The Yelp Of Investing

The hidden value in the floor, they explain, was that it served as a sounding board.<p>"We were able to ask people, 'What do you think of this stock? What do you think of emerging markets?'" remembers Ravid. "From our perspective, it wasn't that they were financial professionals, but that there was a …

Robo-advisors

World's 20 Best Surf Towns

A great surf town is the sum of its parts. These 20 towns run the gamut, from a mecca for the surf-obsessed to a spot where surfing's in its infancy. With waves awaiting, an adventurous spirit, and a little guidance, you can’t go wrong.

National Geographic Travel

The Best Beaches in The World

40 reasons to start planning your winter getaway ASAP.<p>Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway, the ultimate surf or are planning the trip of a lifetime, a beach vacation is always a good idea. To get you inspired, here are some of the world's most beautiful beaches from South Beach to …

Beaches

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management