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The Entrepreneur’s Edge

Great entrepreneurs go for it. Doubts are shoved aside, and they take the plunge with passion.  We all know this intuitively, but most of us could use some reinforcement. I found it the other day on San Francisco Bay. At…

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Think Different

Think about Apple, and Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak comes to mind because, nearly a quarter century ago, a 33-year-old art director named Craig Tanimoto took the creative leap that changed history. Last week, within the cinder-block walls of a…

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Summer Smarts: Creative Travel

Twain did it. So did Ernest Hemingway. Not to mention Jack London, George Orwell, and, more recently, Pico Iyer. Travel, that is, designed to restore your creative flow and free you to stumble upon unlikely inspirations. Writers in particular have…

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The Five-Foot Traveler

What do you do if your freshman year at college is miserable, ruined by loud, rude roommates who make it impossible to study, let alone sleep? Sarah Gallo applied to a sophomore study abroad program in Florence, Italy, and changed…

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