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Founding Principles of American Business Titans

In keeping with our July 2014 feature on American bootstrapping, this video explores what traits helped legendary tycoons like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan change the face of the American industry.

In this clip from History’s miniseries, The Men Who Built America, modern industry leaders like Alan Greenspan, Charles Schwab and Jack Welch offer up their theories on what made America’s bootstrappers great.

“I think they were men of great character, great motivation and could sense what they were really delivering,” says Schwab.

Read about modern-day innovators chasing the American Dream.  

Profit with a Purpose

In this talk with Darren Hardy, MicroEnsure CEO Richard Leftley discusses his switch from a non-profit to a for-profit business and how it's helping him provide insurance to impoverished people in developing nations around the world.
 
By expanding the scale of MicroEnsure and setting up some creative partnerships, Leftley is able to offer insurance to more than 4 million people in places like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zambia. 
 
"This came out of, really, our desire to do good," he says. "When we started off doing micro-insurance, it was really a philanthropic thing. We wanted to change the world; we wanted to make people's lives better."
 
 

Can a Cup of Coffee Change Your Mind?

Dr. Thalma Lobel, psychologist and author of Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, discusses how something like a warm cup of coffee can change the way you think about the world.

 

Using the budding science of physical intelligence, Lobel explains how your “embodied cognition” is influenced by superficial details like temperature, texture or color. Research shows that people exposed to warmth over cold, for example, displayed more generosity toward friends and more kindness toward strangers.

 

“Our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are grounded in our bodily states,” explains Lobel. “We would like to think that we are in control of our decisions. It’s not a very comfortable thought to hear that just because I touched something warm, I decided differently…You want to think that you are in charge of your decisions, of your emotions, and not that some arbitrary things like environmental cues affect us.”

 

Lobel also demonstrates how those environmental cues can prove helpful in business by using physical intelligence to do things like inspire creativity in your team or gain an edge in a difficult negotiation.

 

Meet the Newest Innovation in 3D Printing

Artists and designers, say hello to the Lix 3D Pen. This handy device allows users to sculpt objects, literally drawing things not only on a horizontal plane, but also vertically. The Lix is the smallest device of its kind in the world and a potential game-changer for creative types, thanks to its lightweight construction, portability, USB power and noiseless design. Now it’s easier than ever to see your imagination leap off the page.

“[The Lix 3D Pen] enables you to doodle in the air. You can make anything out of it within just a few seconds.”

Watch the video and see the device in action, and pick yours up at LixPen.com.

Is Godzilla Real?

Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, who's featured in the August 2014 issue of SUCCESS, takes on Godzilla in one of his favorite bits from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! In this edition of the popular Lie Witness News segment, Kimmel staffers take to the streets to ask a hilariously misleading question based off the latest movie reboot of the giant lizard, Godzilla.   

“We asked: Considering Godzilla is based on a true story of the giant lizard attack on Tokyo that killed more than 100,000 people in 1954, do you think it’s wrong that Hollywood glamorizes this for entertainment?”

The nonchalant reactions captured by the cameras—including one woman’s support of a fake bill providing the U.S. Navy with “anti-reptile capabilities”—make it clear why this segment is one of Kimmel’s favorites.

Find out what a typical day is like for Jimmy Kimmel, the hardest-working man in showbiz. 

  

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