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The chapter in successful peoples’ tales that never gets told

(Business News) Successful people have many commonalities, but there is a part of their story that is almost always glossed over, which is why they play the Long Game (and you can, too).

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The Long Game: best road to creativity and success?

Have you ever wondered why some people are more successful than others? Is it because they are inherently more talented, or do they possess some skills that others do not have?

Throughout history, highly successful people; geniuses, have had one thing in common: they played the long game of life.

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What’s the long game? It could be called failure, rejection, or defeat. It should be called an important part of the creative process. In other words, or Robert Greene’s words, “a largely self-directed apprenticeship that lasts some five to ten years [and] receives little attention because it does not contain stories of great achievement of discovery.”

Therein lies the problem: these struggles of self-discovery are what make the creative process grand. Everyone struggles. Every single person struggles. And especially in the creative fields, struggle has a way of fine-tuning and refocusing your creative attentions.

Take da Vinci for example

For example, Leonardo da Vinci faced set back after set back in his career. He was rejected on more than one occasion and spent sixteen years drawing, sketching, and prototyping without a client in sight. He had sixteen years of simply creating work for himself. Marie Curie spent seven years in poverty living in Paris while she studied and researched radioactivity. Stephen King wrote every day for nine years before he sold his first novel.

What does the amount to? Just because you are not getting paid, does not mean that the creative process should stop. In fact, it is better for the process to continue. In our fast-paced, instant-gratification world, people have a hard time waiting. People have a hard time working at their craft. They want what they want when they want it. But, if history has taught us anything, it is that persistence pays off; because while you may suffer through your difficult period, you will emerge on the other side a stronger, more resilient artist. By skipping over these difficult periods, we are devaluing the long game. While the short game may have benefits, it does not teach nearly as much.

Inspirational video about the Long Game

Here is a short video from Delve that explain the process a bit further:

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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  1. Robert Lominick Jr.

    April 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    This is a great story about being successful

  2. Robert Lominick Jr.

    April 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Being successful in the USA today and living the American Dream are under attack.. Our current so called “president” was raised as a communist and his faith was always muslim.. This explains why he hates this country and always has.. He was taught to hete this country from childhood. He is against everything that made this country great, CAPITALISM is what he hates the most as he believes rich people got there by stealing it or by taking advantage of others.. This is not true at all. Most millionairs got that way by working hard, getting educated, working hard, never giving up, going through failure after failure, but never giving up… obama hates success, he is punishing and demonizing people who are successful.. Democrates are socialist,marxist,communist who believe in obama’s new idea of “INCOME INEQUALITY”. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO ACHEIVE INCOME INEQUALITY… ITS CALLED COMMUNISM !!! OBAMA TREATS THE RICH AS IF THEY WERE A STATIC GROUP WHO ARE ALWAYS THE SAME.. NOT TRUE AT ALL, PEOPLE BECOME MILLIONAIRS ONE DAY AND LOSE IT THE NEXT.. Look at Forbes magazine they list the top income earners and it changes all the time.. The richest 1% pay 30% of all taxes paid. The top 10% pay 50% of all taxes paid. All this garbage about the rich not paying there “fair share” is a LIE, told by the left.. The top 20% earners employ 60% of the workforce.. obama demonizing the rich is like biting the hand that feeds him.. The government cannot survive without the private sector.. The government now employes 22 million people, far too many, considering all the offices obama opened and staffed to enforce the 6,000 new regulations he puts out each month.. He is forcing thousends of small buisnesses out of buisness.. Our economy is in the toilet because all democrats do is tax and spend, tax and spend.. Constantly raising taxes and sneaking taxes in all the regulations.. Conservatives want small government that gets out of the way of Americans so they can achieve success.. Conservatives want lower taxes to stimulate the economy and make this country great again.. obama has turned the entire world against us, The USA is now hated by all.. He has alienated all our allies and turned them against us as well.. obama is fully supporting our muslim enemies, he has sent then numerous F-16’s and millions of taxpayers money, to be used to kill Americans.. OBAMA IS A TRAITOR, HE IS A MEMBER OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. HE IS DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY ON PURPOSE..

  3. Robert Lominick Jr.

    April 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    OBAMA WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH OUR CONSTITUTION.. WHEN THAT HAPPENS IT WILL BE FULL ON COMMUNISM.. HE IS SELLING US OUT AND LYING ALL THE WAY, THE LIBERAL MEDIA ARE COMPLICITE IN THIS CRIME.. WHY DO YOU THINK HE IS MILITARIZING THE POLICE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.. HOMELAND SECURITY BOUGHT TANKS AND HEAVY ARTILLERY ALONG WITH BILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION TO BE USED AGAINST US !! I GUESS WHEN HE DECIDES TO ANNOUCE HIS DICTATORSHIP HE WILL ENFORCE MARSHALL LAW.. WHY DO YOU THINK HE IS AFTER OUR GUNS AND CONSTITUTION ?? HE IS A COMMUNIST,MARXIST, mUSLIM EXTREMIST.. HE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL HE IS IMPEACHED.. HE MAY EVEN CHANGE LAWS SO HE CAN STAY IN OFFICE.. OBAMA IS A TYRANT, A WANNA BE DICTATOR, DO NOT BE FOOLED..

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These stores refuse to start Black Friday early

(BUSINESS NEWS) There is a rising trend of stores being pressured to open their doors earlier and earlier each holiday weekend but these companies refuse.

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This year, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are among a group of retail super villains who have decided it’s appropriate to begin the Black Friday shopping nightmare on Thanksgiving Day, with some opening as early as 5pm on Thursday.

As someone who has only had the misfortune of working the retail tornado of Black Friday once, I would never wish it upon anyone. Yet many stores feel pressured to begin the doorbusters earlier every year.

To compete with online shopping, brick-and-mortar retailers implement drastic measures to get customers in stores during the discount season.

Last year, eMarketer reported internet users in their survey were likelier to shop online during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching retail stores crumble as online shopping continues to dominate the market.

To lure in shoppers, physical stores must come up with deals so alluring that people would kill for them.

Literally. I just googled “did anyone die on Black Friday last year” and found out that there’s a handy site called Black Friday Death Count. The answer is yes, some people died last year in Black Friday-related incidents, and in fact two of the three deaths took place at separate Walmarts.

So that makes this year’s disturbingly early foray into deal hunting even less enticing.

While I don’t hold Thanksgiving sacred by any means, moving the even unholier Black Friday back to impede on a holiday is ludicrous. But a handful of heroes are saying no seriously guys, we’re not doing this.

Over fifty retailers are putting collectively putting their foot down, and will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. While some may still be party to next-day discounts, they’re at least taking a stand.

Here’s a list of all the places you can’t go on Thanksgiving, because mercifully they’re closed:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • At Home
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Ethan Allen
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Party City
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

And while that’s a pretty hefty list, the fact remains that many unfortunate employees will have to show up to work on Thanksgiving when they should be taking naps, or avoiding helping their family clean up after lunch.

Thinking about some retailers’ decision to open a day early for Black Friday almost makes Cards Against Humanity’s crowdfunded hole stunt last year seem reasonable. Maybe if we’re lucky, the tradition of Black Friday will get sucked up in a black hole, never to plague us again.

I guess staying home is also an option. If you opt into the shopping this year, stay safe. And if you choose to do so on Thanksgiving, maybe just don’t tell anyone.

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Amazon is extending its takeover to sportswear

(BUSINESS NEWS) As Amazon continues its quest for total retail dominance, they are beginning to try their hand with sportswear.

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Because Amazon won’t settle until it controls every single market ever, the online retailing giant is, reportedly, gearing up to start offering its own sportswear line.

Rumors that the company might get into the workout gear game started circulating earlier this year when the company posted job listings for brand managers to help create “authentic activewear private label brands.”

They hired a brand manager for athletic wear in January.

Amazon has already been dabbling in the world of fashion, having created eight clothing brands since early last year, including a men’s shirt brand called Buttoned Down that is offered to Prime customers.

Insiders say that, while no long-term contracts have been signed so far, Amazon is negotiating with Makalot Industrials Co., a producer that makes sportswear for Gap, Uniqlo, and Kohl’s, as well as Eclat Textile Co., who provides textiles for Nike, Lululemon, and Under Armour.

Both Makalot and Eclat are based in Taiwan.

Apparently, these manufacturers are making small test batches for Amazon so they can run a trial on the concept. The fact that Amazon is working with experts in this market means they are serious about making a competitive, quality product.

Amazon currently sells about $10 billion worth of apparel, making it a serious competitor with brick-and-mortar retailers.

The workout wear market is a pretty big deal, so it would obviously be profitable if Amazon can come out with a good product. Customers are already crazy about Amazon’s online convenience and quick delivery, so they may be happy to find more options for sneakers and yoga pants.

On the other hand, private label brands that Amazon is already selling, such as Goodthreads and Lark & Ro may feel betrayed. Other sportswear brands can’t be too pleased either, with Nike reporting declines this quarter and Under Armour reducing its annual sales forecast.

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Ending a dismal year, Samsung says goodbye to CEO

(BUSINESS NEWS) Following a tumultuous year, Samsung now must face their CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, stepping down.

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Among exploding phones, recalled washing machines and an indicted former chairman, Samsung has had a rough year. Just as they start to get back on track, they have one more crisis to deal with.

Kwon Oh-hyun, Samsung CEO, has officially announced his departure.

In a letter to the employees, Kwon announced his plans to leave the company by March of next year. His words touch on all of the typical sentiments, like that he “had been thinking long and hard about (leaving) for quite some time,” and that he wants to “move on to the next chapter in his life.”

What Kwon doesn’t make clear are his exact reasons for leaving.

He mentions that Samsung is in an “unprecedented crisis inside and out,” without sharing any specifics. Via his own words, Samsung needs to reshape their company to keep up with the ever-changing IT industry.

Kwon believes that young, fresh leadership could be the answer that Samsung needs.

Though Kwon’s departure may seem like another hit for the company, it could be a new chapter for Samsung as well.

And it is a change they desperately need. Recently, Samsung has made the headlines with scandal after scandal.

Earlier this year, Jay Y. Lee, former Vice chairman, was found guilty on multiple charges of bribery. The charge, which Lee is now serving five years in prison for, also resulted in the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung also lived through two major recalls this year. They officially took the Galaxy Note 7 off of the market after various accusations of batteries overheating led to fires.

Samsung also recalled 2.8 million washing machines because their “violent vibrations” caused some users to be injured.

Major scandals like these are enough for any company to flop. However, Samsung is still in the game. Kwon’s letter calls for the company to start anew, which is exactly what they need to do to stay afloat.

Of course, creating devices that do not cause injuries and fires will be a start. In addition, new leadership will keep the company relevant and hopefully, revive their reputation.

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