Reality TV and all forms of media coverage on the lives of celebrities often provide us with a peek inside the lives of the rich and the powerful (along with celebrities net worth). The type of curious attraction which these lavish displays cast upon the viewer is strange but perfectly normal if you think about it. Whenever we get a glimpse of how rich the rich truly are, we feel more or less amazed, envious, outraged or proud (depending on how we feel about this celebrity in the first place, probably). In order to slightly change our usual topic from the average salaries of the majority towards the shockingly high net worth of celebrities (or at least some of them), we decided to put together this top. [Read more…]
We all have those days when we’d rather be doing anything but actual work, but an office job still requires our presence nonetheless. That is why wasting time at work is, shamefully, one of our favorite workplace activities possible. Here are a few novel ideas on how to waste time work-related and appear to your co-workers (and supervisor) to be powering through your work with a busy day. [Read more…]
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Becoming an athlete can prove to be a very demanding career choice. You often must sacrifice a lot in order to become properly trained. Athletes face insanely high levels of competition. However, many athletes are handsomely rewarded for their hard work if they manage to make it to top professional levels. In the super-celebrity professional league, things become amplified to the extreme. From the intense work load, the high competition levels which these athletes must constantly cope with, and also the rewards (and the ensuing fame). In this article, we examine the net worth of some of the best athletes out there to illustrate the best of the best such as How the Vince McMahon Net Worth and Other Successful Athletes Rank in the Forbes Celebrity Net Worth of 2014. [Read more…]
Though we’d all like to avoid dealing with people we dislike for one reason or another, unfortunately life proves this is next to impossible. Such situations become especially aggravating when they happen at work: good ideas are turned down without an explanation, employees become stressed out and inefficient, some turn vindictive, while others simply resign themselves to the notion that their career is going down the drain. Luckily, Forbes magazine has got a few tips and tricks for employees that are forced to deal with incompetent managers. So here’s the checklist below – use it wisely and turn a conundrum to your advantage.
Use their weapons against them
Some bosses literally feed off the misery of their hierarchical inferiors. In plain English, they love to see them suffer, whine, complain, and be absolutely miserable. To this end, they will do everything in their power to make sure they reach the above goals. The best way to deal with incompetent managers of this kind is not to play into their power-plays. Do not, for the life of you, cry or whine. Instead, simply walk around the office looking miserable. This won’t stop them from making everybody else feel horrible, but at least it will keep them from lunging into a vicious attack against you.
Deal with incompetent managers by moving up and away
The best way to deal with a boss that’s just sadistic and seems to enjoy making people suffer at work is to flee their presence. If you’re not faced with a manager that will do everything in their power to keep you from advance in your career, then take this as an opportunity to flee the scene. Usually, such people are entirely disenchanted with their own evolution and will stop at nothing from making you feel the same. Since they have absolutely nothing to teach you, don’t waste any time trying to teach you a lesson, it will only emotionally deplete you. Instead, focus all your energy in moving as far from as possible.
Some bosses suffer from conspiracy theory syndromes and are convinced just about everybody in the organization, from the CEO to the cleaning lady, is out to get them. Usually, they are also reluctant to see employees get transferred, for fear they might divulge secrets about them to other people around the office. Your best approach is to promise them you will hand over a list of everybody in the organization that’s out to get them. Of course, you don’t have to turn into a snitch – just make your promise seem believable and realistic.
How friendly is too friendly?
Some bosses are not evil, nor paranoid, but they seem to be oblivious to the existence of that fine line between professional and friendly relationships. And, of course, a boss that oversteps such limits might prove impossible to get rid of, in the long run. Your best bet? Get them a dog for Christmas. Get them to sign up for classes or find them a hobby of some sort. Just make sure to carefully remove yourself from the situation in the process. If you don’t do this in a timely manner, you’ll most certainly regret it later.
Avoid the scheming type
Nothing quite compares with a scheming, vindictive, Machiavellian type of boss. While we’d love to have some advice on how you could one-up such a person, they often seem far too detached, devious, and uncaring to be affected by any action taken against them. So if you have to deal with incompetent managers of this type, perhaps you would be best advised to consider transferring to another department, or simply steering as clear from them as you can.
Richard Branson is a business magnate who founded more than 400 companies, including the Virgin Atlantic airline, Virgin Mobile, Virgin America and Virgin Active, an international health club. He is an innovative and hardworking man who started his first business at the age of 16 and is still going strong with business ventures that keep on surprising, such as space tourism and island renting. He is a prolific author; his first book came out in 1998 and was called Losing My Virginity, his latest, Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won’t Tell You at Business School (2012). If you’re looking for tips about how to start your first business, then this is the man whose advice you want to follow. Let’s take a look at Richard Branson’s tips for starting your first business and earning top dollars without even knowing it.
Richard Branson wants you to have a view of the future
Having an idea for a new venture is right way to start a business, but what they don’t really teach you in college is where to start. Because of this, many persons feel lost and overwhelmed. Richard Branson believes that the first thing you will need to do after coming up with an idea about a business venture is to settle into a relaxing place and think about it in depth. Think about why you want to do it. Do you see yourself doing that for the rest of your life or is it something that you want to do just to get a few bucks together so that you can focus on something else? Envision the company, the people working there, your hours and your input in the company. Take notes and try to be as calm as you can about it, don’t get ahead of yourself. It’s just you in your favorite chair thinking about an idea you came up with – so just relax and let your mind carry the idea further.
Richard Branson says ask mom
Richard Branson is not only one of the most successful business people in the world, but he’s also a funny guy. When asked about what the next step after settling into your idea was, he said: the Mum Test. Now, we can’t really say if he’s pulling our leg, or if he’s genuine about it, but Richard Branson’s tips for starting your first business include asking your mother’s opinion on your idea for a business venture. He says it’s the best thing you can do. Even if your mother doesn’t know how businesses work, she will have your best interest at heart and will not shy away from telling to your face that your idea is horrible. If you see her get as excited as you are about the idea, then you might be on to something. Other persons you could ask for any thoughts are your close friends or brothers and sisters. Ask people who care about you and who aren’t afraid to tell you what they truly think. Those are the people you need in your life and business.
King of Richard Branson’s tips for starting your first business: Embrace failure
The last tip is all about taking risks, not being afraid of failure. You will know when you’ve done enough thinking and when it is time to put your idea in practice. Start small, test the market and embrace failure. Do not be afraid of it; do not let the idea of failure paralyze you, because if you do, you’re sabotaging your own business.
Of course, there is no guarantee that following these tips will get you filthy rich, but you can be sure of one thing: you will be one step closer to getting where you want with your business. What do you think about Richard Branson’s advice? Will it grow your business and help you earn what you deserve? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, more and more turned against the famed 1% – that very small portion of the world’s population that holds the most wealth. The Occupy Wall Street movement started it all, yet, beyond this movement and its effects, the reality remains to be plainly observed all over the world. In 2013, billionaire incomes control the world economy to a larger extent than ever and in order to prove this, we’re bringing you some lesser-known facts and figures that attest to it, not just speculation and conspiracy theories.
The rich keep getting richer
While the recession has taken a toll on most economic segments, demographics, and areas of the world, it looks like the world’s 1% hasn’t suffered that much. In fact, their combined estimated wealth reached new heights in 2013, when the Forbes list of billionaires recorded some 200 new names, including Mark Zuckerberg. According to the same source, the 1,426 people on the list, with more than $1 billion to their name, are worth $5.4 trillion, up 17 per cent from the $4.6 trillion posted in 2012. American billionaires alone each have a total wealth of some $10.8 billion – a significant increase from the $9.1 billion they were worth in 2012. In the meantime, the United States as a whole has seen some economic decreases and now holds a net worth that’s lower than in the times of the Great Depression.
Male billionaire incomes control the world economy
As you may have already guessed it, most of the people on Forbes’ Billionaire list are men. And that’s actually the overwhelming majority, too: only 138 of all the reported billionaires in the entire world are women. In fact, that’s an improvement from the 104 women on the same list in 2012. This obviously ties in with several other global and national statistics. There are only 4% female CEOs in all companies around the world. In the United States, only 18 per cent of the members of Congress are women, and only 30 per cent of the District Court Judges are not men. Of course, being at the better end of the corporate food chain is not the only way for women (or men) to have their billionaire incomes control the world economy. Some are self-made, such as the late founder of international clothing brand Zara, who died in August 2013. And the single wealthiest woman in the world, Liliane Bettencourt, is an heiress to her father’s estate – she inherited the L’Oreal brand and is now worth $30 billion.
Most US billionaires were born into privilege
Not all of them, of course – some actually come from very humble backgrounds. The CEO of one of the most successful casino resorts in Las Vegas hails from the working class, with a taxi driver father. The majority shareholder at Baltimore Ravens grew up without a father, as the man died when the now-billionaire was only 8 years old. A female billionaire, equity firm Patriarch Partners founder Lynn Tilton is a Bronx native and a single mother putting in 100 hour work weeks on Wall Street.
At the other end, of course, there’s Bill Gates, the single richest man in America, whose family was upper middle class and had a successful lawyer for a dad. Two billionaires on the list, David and Charles Koch, are the sons of Fred C. Koch, who founded the Wood River Oil and Refining Company. They were ones to actually develop the business, known today as Koch Industries, into a successful, multi-billion dollar earning company. As popular wisdom will have it, the easiest way to become a billionaire was to have been born as a millionaire.
Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours in the office. It’s where we earn our livings, receive social interactions, and find our professional identities, which makes it an excellent gauge for the development of society. The images below depict the evolution of the office from as early as the 1500s all the way to today. It’s fascinating to see how the adoption of new technologies, fashions, and attitudes has changed our second home. And some of these might just make you appreciate your modern second home a little more!
1500-1770 – In their formative stages, offices were more like independent studies. Be glad you don’t have to wear a robe to work and write in ink-dipped pen.
Tomorrow, millions will flood the streets and bars to celebrate luck, leprechauns, and the color green. Wherever your St Patty’s Day takes you, don’t end up like these guys. Here are 25 St. Patricks Day Drunken Disasters for your viewing pleasure:
This leprechaun has wet his pants:
Her day ended early:
Quick nap in the toilet:
Green beer isn’t meant for dogs:
Keep your pants on:
That must be some really hard lemonade:
Super drunk face:
Asleep in the bathroom:
The drunken stumbler:
Half of this will end up on his shirt:
What’s her excuse?:
Remember, pictures last forever:
Chump or champion?:
Not a very comfortable looking pillow:
Tampon. In the mouth:
Puking in the street:
Leprechauns are subject to the law, too:
A new way to smoke?:
Beer bottle silhouette:
Beer can bath:
Apu taking it to the next level:
This guy got it the worst!:
We mean all these in good humor. St. Patrick’s Day can be a great time, just be responsible and have fun!
April Fools Day is here! And what better way to spend your day in the office than pranking your coworkers? I stumbled on a few and then couldn’t stop searching!
Here are 30 of my favorites: