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Hard Work Won't Make You Successful -- But Doing This Will

I don’t blame anyone who has become frustrated and disillusioned with the working world. It is a huge disappointment to grow up and realize that most of what we’ve been taught about how to be successful is bad advice. We were taught “Just work hard at whatever job you get, and things will work out.” That’s false. Working hard at your job does not get you much. When you work hard at a job where the boss doesn’t value your efforts, all your hard work gets you is taken for granted. Just working hard by itself will exhaust you and shorten your lifespan without any benefits to you. There has to be more to success than merely working hard, or millions of people around the world would be a lot more successful than they are! If you are at work right now, think about the investment of time and energy you are making. Imagine that you only went home to sleep for four hours a night, and gave up all the rest of your personal time to get more work done. Imagine that you practically lived at your de…

Windows 10 Upgrade to Become Automatic as a 'Recommended Update' in 2016

Microsoft is willing to go to great length to get you to upgrade to Windows 10. The company says that starting next year, every Windows 7 or Windows 8 user will see Windows 10 as a "recommended update" on their computer. The company also shared some changes it plans to make on how updates are sent to Windows 10 computers. Last month the company began to push Windows 10 to some Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as an "optional update". The company now says that starting in 2016, everyone using the aforementioned old versions of its software will see Windows 10 as a "recommended update". Depending on the user's Windows Update setting, the upgrade process will begin automatically, but the final switch between the new and old OS will only be flipped by the user, explains the blog post titled 'Making It Easier to Upgrade to Windows 10'. "A user will be presented with a choice to install Windows 10," Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of Wind…

India to Have 9 Crore 4G Customers by FY 2018: Report

India is expected to have 9 crore 4G subscribers and 18 crore 4G smartphones by 2018 and Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular will gain from this growth if Reliance Jio Infocomm delays the launch of its 4G services, says a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA ML). "We expect 4G smartphone base to jump from 5 million in FY 2015 to 180 million (18 crores) by FY 2018, leading to 4G subscribers accelerating from almost zero in FY 2016 to 90 million (9 crores) by FY 2018," a report by BoFA ML research analysts Sachin Salgaonkar, Karan Parmanandka and Simon Dong-je Woo said. In next few years, there will be marginal difference between 3G and 4G tariffs as well as there will be decline in smartphone prices that may lead 2G subscribers leapfrog to 4G services and skip 3G, analysts expect. "We expect 4G net adds to be faster than 3G net adds by FY 2019 and estimate 3G subscribers to be largely restricted in areas where 4G coverage is limited. "However, we do expec…

Facebook's reply to the 'open letter' on 'real name' policy

Facebook is tweaking its 'real name' policy. The policy, which has been termed 'inherently discriminatory' by some, will see some alterations to allow users to explain their name choices. The policy has received criticism mostly from members of the LGBT communities and advocates who face problems and feel uncomfortable using their real names due to the nature of their work.

According to Facebook's 'real name' policy, users should go by their 'authentic name' when on the social network rather than a pseudonyms. These changes will help people who face this problem provide clearer context to their wishes to keep a different name. Facebook is expected to roll out the policy in December.

Explaining the changes and the reason behind the policy, Alex Schultz, VP, growth Facebook, said in a letter, "We want to reduce the number of people who are asked to verify their name on Facebook, when they are already using the name people know them by," wrot…

The next stage: The evolving face of theatre in India

Actors, dancers and directors are breaching the barriers of high and low art, drawing from traditional classical performances to tell their stories

In Mālavikāgnimitram, one of the first plays he wrote, Sanskrit poet Kalidasa (4th-5th century AD) evoked the sublime power of drama, describing it as a beautiful visual sacrifice for the gods. He ends a shloka with: “Natyam bhinna rucherjanasya bahuopyekam samaradhanam.” This translates to: “Drama is the single (unique) means of pleasing people of different tastes in many ways.” Did the poet realise that his words would resonate with Indian thespians more than 15 centuries later?

Across the country, actors and directors, poets and playwrights, dancers and musicians are finding new ways to tell their stories on stage. And while they may rely on complex light and sound design, props and extravagant backdrops, the power of their theatre remains as pure as it was during Kalidasa’s time: It is cathartic. It is entertaining. And it shines light o…

ఎపిలో ఐటి కంపెనీల పెట్టుబడులు

ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌లో పెట్టుబడులు పెట్టేందుకు ప్రవాస భారతీయ పారిశ్రామికవేత్తలు మందుకొచ్చారు. ఈ మేరకు అమెరికా పర్యటనలో ఉన్న రాష్ట్ర ఐటి శాఖ మం త్రి పల్లె రఘునాధ రెడ్డికి అంగీకార పత్రాలను అందజేశారు. అలాగే ఇల్లినాయిస్‌ కామర్స్‌, ఎకనామిక్స్‌కు చెందిన ప్రతినిధుల బృందంతో మం త్రి బృందం భేటీ అయ్యింది. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌ను సిస్ట ర్‌ స్టేట్‌గా గుర్తిస్తున్నట్లు ఇల్లినాయిస్‌ కామర్స్‌ డైరెక్టర్‌ ఎరిక్‌ బ్రెజ్లా ప్రకటించారు. త్వరలో ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌కు ఒక ఉన్నత స్థాయి కమిటీని పంపించి పరిస్థితులు అంచనా వేసిన అనంతరం పెట్టుబడులపై నిర్ణయం తీసుకోనున్నట్లు ఎరిక్‌ తెలిపారు.

Quotes on making money

I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.  Warren Buffett
To get rich, you have to be making money while you’re asleep. David Bailey
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. Albert Einstein
Making money is a happiness. And that’s a great incentive. Making other people happy is a super-happiness. Muhammad Yunus
Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully. Scott Alexander
If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.  George Bernard Shaw
I have ways of making money that you know nothing of. John D Rockefeller
Making money is easy. It is. The difficult thing in life is not making it, it’s keeping it. John McAfee
Try to save something while your salary is small; it’s impossible to save after you begin to earn more.  Jack Benny
When buying shares, ask yourself, would you buy the whole company? 

Thoughts on spending money

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like. Will Rogers
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Theophrastus
The thing I should wish to obtain from money would be leisure with security. Bertrand Russell
When you have money, think of the time when you had none. Japanese Proverb
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau
A man who both spends and saves money is the happiest man, because he has both enjoyments. Samuel Johnson
Money is valueless, except as it will satisfy wants. Edwin T Freedley
In terms of monetary behaviour, there are two types of people on this earth: Those who save and those who spend. Anna Agoncillo
No one has ever achieved financial success by constantly spending all they have in order to deceive others into believing they are rich. Edmond Mbiaka
Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to…

How This Small Business Is Tackling Poverty And Paying Its Employees Twice The Minimum Wage

This Pennsylvania-based business says that the minimum wage in the state is a “poverty wage.”  Instead, they’re opting to pay their employees nearly twice that.
The Lancaster Food Company was started last year by Charlie Crystle and Craig Lauer, an entrepreneur and a foodie, respectively.  They sell breads, seed butters, salsas, and maple syrup — all organic and all local.  But aside from serving up high quality food, the duo want to solve some serious social issues in the area.
Lancaster City has a high poverty rate.  About 30%, Crystle and Lauer say.  While their business alone can’t feed all those individuals, the two want to use their company to show that local businesses can help change that.  So, they’re opting to hire folks who come from low-income backgrounds.  But they’re going beyond the minimum wage, by offering them a starting hourly rate of $14 an hour plus paid time off and benefits.
“We feel people who put in a full day of work should get a full day’s pay, which to us mean…