Are you sacrificing everything to achieve your dreams? Today’s work culture emphasizes the extreme self-sacrifice and burnout that people supposedly “need” to succeed. Elon Musk famously stated that he once worked 120 hours a week as a show of leadership. Mark Cuban of “Shark Tank” fame once said that he didn’t vacation for the first seven years of his business and would routinely stay up until 2 a.m. researching technology. Yahoo’s Marissa Meyer used to work 130-hour weeks at Google and slept under her desk.

Which makes you wonder… is there another way to build a successful, profitable business and work your way to the top without sacrificing your body, mind, and soul?

The answer is yes, and there are examples out there to prove it. 

Take Ingrid Arna: she’s an internet entrepreneur and marketing expert who made a million dollars after 18 months in business. She didn’t rely on

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Damian Prosalendis

Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business with ProsaMedia

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Back in the day, people used to believe that having a “stable” nine-to-five job was the only way to secure a future. Since the financial crisis of 2009, however, that belief has been largely debunked. Ever since business-loving millennials entered the workforce, the rules of the game have been completely redefined.

Many stories of young entrepreneurs are circulating out there, and it is often pointed out how being social media savvy can be a massive gamechanger. Knowing the ins and outs of Instagram and Facebook can even make a millionaire out of a homeless man. Such is the story of the Greek born and Dubai based business owner Damian Prosalendis, known as @damianprosa on social media. 

The story of

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Damian Prosalendis

Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business
Damian Prosalendis Built an Empire Via Online Business

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Back in the day, people used to believe that having a “stable” nine-to-five job was the only way to secure a future. Since the financial crisis of 2009, however, that belief has been largely debunked. Ever since business-loving millennials entered the workforce, the rules of the game have been completely redefined.

Many stories of young entrepreneurs are circulating out there, and it is often pointed out how being social media savvy can be a massive gamechanger. Knowing the ins and outs of Instagram and Facebook can even make a millionaire out of a homeless man. Such is the story of the Greek born and Dubai based business owner Damian Prosalendis, known as @damianprosa on social media.

The story of Prosalendis begins in his

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Imagine handing half a million bucks to a 19-year old college kid. That’s what Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel did in the summer of 2004.

Thiel backed Mark Zuckerberg when he was just an arrogant kid who wore flip-flops to business meetings. “Zuck” founded thefacebook.com earlier that year, and he was begging for cash to grow the dorm-room startup.

Thiel cut Zuck a check for $500,000. Within five years, it grew 2,000 fold to $1 billion as thefacebook.com became Facebook (FB).

Peter Thiel built his fortune on one business secret. Thiel founded money disruptor PayPal (PYPL) in the ‘90s. And he was an early investor in world-changers like Airbnb, SpaceX, and Palantir. His biggest “wins” all tie back to a Wall Street Journal article he wrote titled: Competition Is for Losers.

In the Article, Thiel Points Out Many Of The Greatest Companies Share One Unique Trait

They’re

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  • The software and data-analytics company Palantir Technologies went public on September 30 with a direct listing, instead of a traditional IPO, and is estimated to win a market valuation of $22 billion.
  • In this op-ed, Joe Lonsdale — one of the company’s cofounders alongside Peter Thiel and others — writes that Palantir’s reputation as an evil surveillance system is ironic because the company is the most sophisticated privacy engine and has kept the US safe.
  • Lonsdale says Palantir’s starting mission was to create a secure intelligence network to help prevent the next 9/11. Now its platform is being used in COVID-19 response efforts by key decision-makers in over 35 countries.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. You can read more on Business Insider’s coverage of Palantir and its cofounders here.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In 2010, I gave a speech

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Ian and Brittany Bentley had no idea their initial trip to Ethiopia would lead them to launch a global luxury brand (Parker Clay), build a leather goods factory from scratch and ultimately provide employment opportunities for hundreds of impoverished women.

As a certified B Corp, Ian and Brittany aren’t just creating jobs in Ethiopia, they are paying their employees living wages that average 87% higher than comparable positions, while offering their workers life skills that will help them succeed beyond their Parker Clay tenure. Nearly half of Parker Clay’s employees had not previously held a salaried job. Reliable employment has provided many of the folks on Parker Clay’s team a level of financial autonomy they have never previously experienced.

John Greathouse: Ian – great to connect with you. What was the genesis of Parker Clay? What caused

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Grace and her company have clients around the world
Grace and her company have clients around the world

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to US hypnotist Grace Smith.

Grace Smith says she was able to give up alcohol, but that quitting smoking seemed impossible.

Back in 2011, the then 25-year-old had a stressful fundraising job in New York.

“I didn’t have any healthy coping mechanisms,” she says. “One of the ways that I was coping with all the stress and anxiety was through partying.

“I was living in the Lower East Side, and that’s what all my friends did too – we worked really hard all day long, and we partied really hard all night. It took a real toll on me, physically and mentally.”

She was first introduced to hypnotherapy when she wanted to quit smoking
She was first introduced to hypnotherapy when she wanted to quit smoking

Grace realised that she had to get healthy, so

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Photo credit: Ennie Lim
Photo credit: Ennie Lim

From Men’s Health

Six months into the pandemic, many Americans likely face more job instability than ever. After all, it’s hard to reconcile how you’re going to stay afloat while living in unprecedented times. That’s where Ennie Lim comes in. As the CEO and co-founder of HoneyBee, her mission is all about teaching folks about financial wellness and how to de-stigmatize asking for help.

Lim especially understands the constraints money can put on a person, as she herself had financial setbacks after her divorce, forcing her to move back into her parents’ home. It wasn’t until she met with an old colleague, who explained his parents’ philosophy of helping out their employees when they were in financial strife that she realized more people needed to feel prepared with their money. Hence HoneyBee was born.

“Everyone needs access to emergency funds at no interest and with

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In early June, much of the country was beginning to emerge from its pandemic-induced hibernation—cars creeping back on the road, restaurants moving tables outside and, of course, stores opening their doors. 

But while most retailers were shifting their focus to how they could reconfigure their existing stores to the new realities of the Covid-19 era, RH—previously known as Restoration Hardware—took a different approach.

In an annual letter that Gary Friedman, RH’s CEO, wrote to shareholders, he laid out the brand’s plans not just for the next year, but for the company’s next chapter: opening new stores (or galleries, as RH calls them), expanding into the travel sphere (with RH-branded guest houses and a yacht) and entering the residential real estate market with RH Residences. 

It was a bold blueprint at a time when the industry has seen five years’ worth of ecommerce growth in mere months. 

“We invest with a

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LOS ANGELES — When Leonardo Cuadrado saw a raging fire tearing through an East Los Angeles neighborhood in the distance, his first thought was hoping no one had been hurt.

Soon afterward, hope turned to heartbreak as Cuadrado learned the five-story structure going up in flames before dawn Wednesday was an apartment complex being built to house scores of homeless and low-income veterans that his non-profit, New Directions for Veterans, had partnered to build with Los Angeles County and others.

Plans called for people to begin moving in shortly before Christmas.

“We were just getting ready to start the lease operations. I don’t believe any families have been slated to move in yet,” said Cuadrado, executive director of the non-profit. “The main goal now is just to ensure that they don’t fall out of our orbit.”

By the time the first of some 150 firefighters arrived at about 1 a.m.

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