6 Giant Ads That Can Only Be Seen from High in the Sky

Daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner recently jumped from a perfectly good balloon more than 128,000 feet above Earth — and lived to tell about it.

To give you an idea of just how high that is, commercial jet airplanes typically fly at an altitude between 30,000 and 40,000 feet.

Naturally, one of the first things that crossed my mind was the impressive vantage point Felix must have enjoyed from such a high

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100 Words On: How to Avoid Burning Out

It takes real drive to turn our biggest dreams into reality, but sometimes the relentless passion that fuels our inevitable push for success becomes counterproductive. When personal expectations finally exceed what we can reasonably achieve on our own, we burn out. Unfortunately, burnout leads to wasted time, energy, and even poor health. The key to avoiding it lies in recognizing our limitations — physically and mentally — and achieving a healthy

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100 Words On: The Importance of Making a Good First Impression

Like it or not, when it comes to evaluating others, people tend to form an opinion within 30 seconds of meeting someone for the first time. Unfortunately, that resulting initial impression is generally extremely difficult to reverse should we start out on the wrong foot — which is why negative first impressions often lead to lost opportunities. Ironically, the best way to ensure you’ll make a great first impression is by

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100 Words On: How to Quit Dreaming and Start Doing

Robert Louis Stevenson said that there can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk. And while that may be true for the dreamers in life, successful people know the world will always depend on doers — folks who are motivated to follow through and turn grandiose plans into reality. Dreaming alone is never enough; you need ambition too. That means setting measurable goals and mustering the courage and fortitude

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The Olympics: More Proof Those Given Everything Appreciate Nothing

Am I the only person in America with a working television that hasn’t watched a single minute of the Olympics on the boob tube?

It’s not that I’m not interested in them; I am. It’s just that I’ve been really busy doing research and getting ready for a speaking engagement I have at next month’s Financial Blogger Conference.

That’s right; I’m taking this speaking gig seriously folks. After all, you didn’t

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100 Words On: Why the Customer Is (Almost) Always Right

Almost everyone has asked a restaurant, bank, or other business to redress a particular grievance. It’s debatable whether the titular idiom of this post should be credited to Marshall Field or Harry Gordon Selfridge, but it’s true nevertheless. Indeed, businesses that depend on returning customers typically bend over backwards to keep them satisfied. However, they also understandably draw the line when it comes to unreasonable, abusive and/or unethical patrons. After all,

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What Does 'Flare' Taste Like? When Swanky Marketing Goes Too Far.

Last week my boss and I were sitting in a conference room when he spied a pack of gum that someone had left on the table.

“Hey, Len! You want some gum?”

“Well, that depends,” I said. “What flavor is it?”

“Five.”

Five? What the heck does that mean?”

“Beats me, but that’s what it says!”

The whole thing was so odd, I took this picture of the package for posterity:

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100 Words On: Why You'll Never Get Rich Working for 'the Man'

Many folks who work for others love to complain about the professionally unsatisfying nine-to-five grind of their daily job, yet refuse to change the status quo. That’s because the perceived relative safety of their steady job — and the guaranteed weekly paycheck that ultimately comes with it — is usually enough to keep them on the hamster wheel, even when the job is stifling and unfulfilling. True, that strategy may ensure

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The Vanishing Pay Phone: (Almost) Gone, But Not Forgotten

One of my favorite bands, Maroon 5, has a hit single out right now entitled “Payphone” and, every time I hear it, I can’t help but wonder how many of their fans have ever used one.

Long before anybody ever heard of a cell phone, pay phones were everywhere. In addition to the iconic phone booths found at busy intersections, it was common knowledge that you could almost always find a

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What Were They Thinking? 10 Grocery Product Ideas That Flopped

While it’s true that companies must constantly innovate in order to stay viable and maintain market share, it’s also true that not every idea that comes out of corporate research and development departments will be a huge success.

Of course, the pressure to stay on top is huge, and coming up with innovative ideas that people will embrace isn’t easy, as illustrated by the countless number of market miscalculations and abject

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