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Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed Student Maids

Kristen was born in Gainesville, Florida on February 26, 1988. Her family moved to Flagler Beach, Florida when she was two. She eventually returned to Gainesville where she attended the University of Florida. Fashion is an important for element in


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No Matter How You Slice It – Giving Value Builds Business

John Ruhlin

John Ruhlin Giftology

Growing up on a farm can teach invaluable lessons. John learned this was true while living on his 50-acre family farm outside of Canton, Ohio. One of five children, his step-father worked treating waste water while his mother worked full-time


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A New Perspective Can Change You – Heck, It Can Change the World

Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Underwood - Akola

Brittany grew up in Atlanta, Georgia in what most would consider an upper-middle class home. She enjoyed a relatively typical childhood – not one of privilege – but not wanting for much. She completed high school at a noted boarding


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How to Brand Like a Virgin – the Results Are Amazing

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

Richard was the first born of Edward and Eve Branson – born on July 18, 1950 in Blackheath, London. His father was a barrister, having followed his father, a judge at the High Court of Justice, into the legal realm.


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Where You Start Does Not Dictate Where You Finish

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns - Xerox

Born in 1958, Ursula grew up in a housing project at the intersection of Baruch Dr. and Delancey St. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She and two siblings were raised by her single mother, a Panamanian immigrant. It was a


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Cronkite Voted Most Trusted Man in America – And That’s the Way it Is

Walter Cronkite

Trusted journalist Walter Cronkite

Walter Jr. –  the only child of Walter, a dentist, and Helen, a homemaker – was born on November 4, 1916, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. That’s where the family lived until moving to Houston, Texas when Walter was 10-years-old. Walter


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He Became the World’s Greatest Salesman by Selling Himself

Joe Girard

World's Greatest Salesman Joe Girard

It’s hard to say what type of adult a child will become based solely on the behavior and parenting styles of their parents. Joe’s father was often angry and bitter – constantly berating his son, telling him that he wasn’t


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‘Nowhere special. That’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.’

Mel Brooks

Comedian Mel Brooks

James and Kate Kaminsky – he a German Jew via Poland, she a Russian Jew from modern day Ukraine – had immigrated to Brooklyn, New York. They had four sons. The youngest, Melvin was born on June 28, 1926.  Soon after


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Why Not Me? She’s More Special Than Special Needs

Isabella Springmühl

Isabella Springmuhl fashion designer

Guatemala is, in many ways, the hidden gem of Central America – sandwiched between Mexico to the north, Honduras and El Salvador to the south and Belize to the east. The Guatemalan people are friendly and hard-working. The country has a


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Designing New Paradigms in Business and in Life

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid architecture

Zaha was born on October 31, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. Her family was upper-class and well-educated. Her mother was an artist – her father, a successful industrialist. He was also politically active, co-founding the liberal National Democratic Party. Her family


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A Peek Behind the Curtain of One Lucky Bastard

Joe Buck

Joe Buck Sportscaster

Avid baseball fans dream of going to their favorite Major League team’s spring training. Very few of them are born there. That is literally Joe’s story. He was born on April 25, 1969 in St. Petersburg, Florida – the spring training


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Building a (Truly) Brilliant Brand – Impacting the World

Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH

Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH

There are some stories which appear to be so outside of the realm of reality that they are assumed to be a Hollywood movie script. Then there are stories that are so incredible that not even the creative minds that


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Meet Maggie Doyne – 29 Year Old Mother to 50, World Changer, Hero

Maggie Doyne

Maggie Doyne CNN Hero

Maggie and her two sisters, Kate and Libby, grew up in Mendham Borough, New Jersey. Nancy, their mother worked in real estate – their father, Steve, was a stay-at-home dad. After graduating from West Morris Mendham High School, Maggie embarked

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Think, Question, Challenge, Evolve – Branding Lessons from George Carlin

George Carlin

George Carlin comedian

George was born in New York on May 12, 1937 – the second son of Patrick and Mary. When George was just two months old, his parents divorced, leaving George and his brother Pat to be raised by Mary, now

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How Ingrid Vanderveldt Will Empower One Billion Women Entrepreneurs

Ingrid Vanderveldt

Ingrid Vanderveldt Dell Entrepreneur in Residence

Ingrid, born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1970, was one of four children. Her father worked in technology, having earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering – her mother had a Master’s in business. It came as a surprise to her parents

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Your Job is What You Do – Your Brand is Who You Are

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali - GOAT

Often seemingly small, insignificant actions can have major impact – sometimes they can even affect the entire world. One such instance occurred in Louisville, Kentucky in 1954. Someone stole a twelve-year-old boy’s bicycle. No one knows who it was –


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How One Woman Shattered Paradigms of Gender, Dying and Grieving

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Death was a distinct possibility for Elisabeth from her very first breath. Born in Switzerland in July of 1926, she was the oldest of three sisters. The triplets were born minutes apart from each other and each girl weighed only


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Purpose, Leadership and Security – Your Why is Just the Start

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek Start with Why

It’s hard to tell how one’s childhood experiences will impact their life. By example, some children whose families move a lot during their childhood feel enriched by the experience. Others feel a sense of detachment, of not having roots. Simon


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Take Heart – You Don’t Need to Wrestle With Success

Coach Dan Gable

Dan Gable

Danny was born on October 25, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa. His father, Mack, was a real estate salesman – his mother, Katie, was a homemaker. The family lived a modest, yet very satisfying lifestyle. For his part, Danny put a


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Passion, Focus and Success – Key Learnings From John Lee Dumas

John Lee Dumas

john-lee-dumas

Maine is a beautiful state – by all accounts it’s a great place to grow up. That’s where John was born and spent the first 18 years of his life. He then moved to Rhode Island, where he attended Providence

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A Powerful Message – Poorly Delivered – Yields Little

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Chances are in the last few days you’ve seen more coverage of Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, than you expected or cared to. This post isn’t focused on the individual, his action or his cause. Rather, it’s


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Meet Steve – The Most Fascinating Woman You’ve Never Heard Of

Dame Stephanie 'Steve' Shirley

Steve Shirley

Refugees, in order to survive, have been forced to flee their countries throughout history. Such was the case with five year old Stephanie and her 9 year old sister who fled Nazi Germany in 1938. Born of a Jewish father, their


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Ben Franklin – The Original Fearless Brand?

Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Josiah Franklin, a soap and candle maker in Boston, was married twice. Between his two wives he sired seventeen children – seven by his first wife, Anne and ten with his second wife, Abiah. Ben, his tenth (and youngest) son


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Laugh, Think and Cry Every Day — Jim Valvano

Jim 'Jimmy V' Valvano

Jim Valvano

Rocco and Angelina lived in Queens, New York where they raised their three sons, Nick, Jim and Bob. They were a loving Italian family, never hesitant to hug and kiss each other – the words “I love you” flowing freely.


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Are You Willing to Gamble on Yourself?

Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree Poker Champion

Known as the Garden of England, Kent is a county known for its gentle hills and sea lined borders. It touches Greater London to the North as it is located in the South East of England. It is famous for


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The Food Babe Gives New Meaning to Food Fight!

Vani Hari - The Food Babe

Vani Hari-The Food Babe

Her parents immigrated to the United States from Punjab, India – settling in North Carolina. Vani was born in Charlotte on March 22, 1979. Her childhood was as normal as every other kid growing up in America in the 1980’s. That


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It’s a Myth That Nice Guys Finish Last

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Academy Award Winner

Tom was born in Concord, California on July 9, 1956. His parents were Amos and Janet – he a cook and restaurant manager, she a hospital worker. They divorced when Tom was five, one of those experiences that can affect


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Shattering Norms, Hard Work and Determination Yield Powerful Results

Diane Hendricks

Diane Hendricks

Diane Smith was born into a Wisconsin dairy farming family in 1947. She was one of nine children – all girls. When she was nine the family moved to a several hundred acre farm in Osseo, Wisconsin. Mary wanted to spend


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This “Bad Boy for Life” Proves There IS a Way Out

Sean Diddy Combs

Sean Puff Daddy Combs

Melvin and Janice welcomed their son into the world on November 4, 1969. Living in Harlem, Janice was a model and a teacher’s assistant. Melvin worked the streets, reputedly an associate of a known drug dealer, Frank Lucas. What isn’t


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The Wizardry of John Wooden – Coach, Teacher, Leader

John Wooden

Coach John Wooden

John was born in Hall, Indiana on October 14, 1910 – the second son of Joshua and Roxie Wooden. When he was 8, the family moved to a small farm near Centerton, Ind., a town which boasted a population of


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Stop Playing Branding PLINKO! 5 Basics of Personal Brand Management

Branding plinko

You’re familiar with the game of PLINKO – perhaps the most iconic game on the most iconic television game show – The Price is Right? The concept is simple. Contestants play pricing games to win up to five discs. They then climb


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The Amazing Story of Hamdi Ulukaya – Successfully Impacting the World With Greek Yogurt

Hamdi Ulukaya

Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya

The actual day he was born is unknown – much like Jack Daniel before him. They were both born into farming families – but that is where the similarities stop, at least in their early lives. For one thing, Daniel was born in


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Want to Know That You’re Right? Prove Yourself Wrong!

Right or Wrong

I attended a small private high school in Metairie, Louisiana. Our assistant principal and Spanish teacher was Elliot Ross Buckley. He was a terrific teacher and a man that I admired greatly. He went on to be General Counsel for


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Branding Royalty – How Queen Elizabeth Stands the Test of Time

Queen Elizabeth II

England's Queen Elizabeth II

Little girls love to fantasize about becoming a princess, living a special life filled with attention and riches. In reality, very few actually have their dream become a reality. The fact is that most princesses are born into royalty. Such


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Two Steps to Creating Powerful Relationships

Two Steps to Powerful Relationships

The most important reason to focus on your brand is to reap the results that an effective brand delivers. Your brand will generate an emotional connection with each person who encounters it – the key is to make that a


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Thoughts Become Things – (Some Assembly Required)

Mike Dooley

Mike Dooley, TUT

The decade of the 1960’s was a dynamic time in the U.S. The decade began with President Kennedy announcing his “New Frontier” domestic policy. Kennedy was assassinated and followed by Lyndon Johnson whose vision was to create “The Great Society”.


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Work Hard, Be Sexy, Build a Life – Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher Teen Choice Awards

Twins have a special bond – one that most people cannot understand. Such was the case with fraternal twins Christopher and Michael, born five minutes apart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 7, 1978. Michael, the younger of the two,


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How Lolo Jones Has Overcome Life’s Hurdles to Achieve Personal Victory

Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones Olympian

Lori was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1982 – one of five children of an inter-racial couple. Her family was poor, in large measure because her father spent a good deal of time in and out of prison. For all


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Arthur Blank Proves That Successful Branding Principles are Universal

Arthur Blank

Arthur Blank

Max and Mollie had two sons – Michael and Arthur. They lived as a typical family in Queens, New York where Max owned a small pharmaceutical company. The youngest boy, Arthur, attended Stuyvesant High School, which offered accelerated academics to qualifying


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How Amara Majeed Found the Courage to be Authentic

Amara Majeed

Amara Majeed Activist

Her parents had immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland from Sri Lanka. Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island nation just south of India. Despite a civil war which raged for over 30 years, ending in 2009, the nation is


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How Jo Malone Has Smelled the Sweet Scent of Success – Twice

Jo Malone

Jo Malone - Jo Loves

Joanne was born in 1963 and grew up in a council house in Kent, England. Her father, Peter, was a painter – her mother, Elaine, was a beautician. As a child, school was difficult for her as she was severely dyslexic.


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“Start where you are. Use what you have…” – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe, Athlete, Humanatarian, leader

Arthur’s story is one of maximizing great talent, succeeding in the face of obstacles, resolving to actively address unfair obstructions, extending generosity to those in need and accepting the toughest challenge life can give with quiet grace and dignity. He


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Building a Brand? Bob Chapman Knows That Everybody Matters

Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller

Robert 'Bob' Chapman

Craft brewing is considered a modern-day phenomenon, yet in reality, small, independent breweries were the foundation of the beer industry. Nowhere in America was this truer than in St. Louis, Missouri. That’s why, in 1885, Thomas J. Barry and his


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How Mark LeBlanc Built a Brand to Grow Your Business

Mark LeBlanc

Mark LeBlanc the Small Business Guy

Some boys who are born on St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th – are named Pat. In 1961 – in Minneapolis, Minnesota – a boy born on the ‘grand day’ was named Mark. Insignificant to some – bewildering to others,


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Look For Possibilities, Work Hard, Earn Your Happy – Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan

He was thirteen and doing all he could to keep up with his brothers and the neighborhood kids. His siblings shouted their encouragement “Keep up Bob! Come on Bob!” That sounds like a brotherly thing to do – until you


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“Go on With Your Bad Self!”

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts

Tuskegee is a town of about 12,000 people in the southeastern portion of Alabama. It is home to Tuskegee University – a predominately black school founded in 1881 – that developed a national reputation for academics and philanthropy under the


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It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference – Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Dafna Michaelson Jenet

Dafna-standing

Do you know someone who is always busy? The kind of person that actually makes you a bit tired just by hearing about all their activities and interests and such? If you do, this Friday’s Fearless Brand will remind you


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