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When shit got real for attorney Brian Cuban, he preferred not to wrap it up neatly with a common and often overused phrase. “I don’t like the term rock bottom,” he says, “because people associate it with death or accidentally killing someone in an auto accident or going to jail. I don’t think you need to hit rock bottom in order to recover. Rock bottom is whatever gets you sober. I prefer the term recovery tipping point.” Still, what led to Brian’s own tipping point was dramatic enough; in fact, no TV movie-of-the-week could hold it all: failed marriages, psychiatric...

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Being diagnosed with adult attention deficit disorder (ADD) came as a surprise to Mark Bradford, a Hollywood native and first-degree black belt. At first, the ADD was no big. Mark was always active since Day One, which meant that he barely noticed anything wrong. His childhood was uber-athletic, including participation in baseball, basketball, and Okinawan karate. He began his career in law enforcement, learning -- and then eventually teaching -- defensive tactics. He eventually wound up in working in Army corrections. “Being in the prison system, the ability to protect yourself is a big thing,” he says. “So wherever I...

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There was a time – pre-digital age – when the most outrageous way for retailers to impede on your bod was to count your eye blinks when you were attracted to a product on the shelves (the more blinks, the better). Yep, back in the day, some stores would install hidden movie cameras behind the shelves that would film your pupils as they dilated.  Think of an Andy Warhol version of Candid Camera. Little did they – or we – know what was to come. Today, brick-and-mortar retailers, desperate to retain you before you’re completely raptured to e-commerce, will practically...

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Small business and small towns are what built America, but they are both experiencing some worrisome issues adjusting to the 21st century. Many small businesses are falling victim to the advance of e-commerce and other technology, while younger people are leaving their small towns and moving to the live/work/play environments of urban areas. Still, small businesses and small towns matter big time. They continue to employ half of America’s workforce, servicing more than 60 million people living in communities outside major metropolitan areas. Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, along with Deluxe Corp.’s Amanda Brinkman, are stepping up to help small towns...

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We like to think of ourselves as autonomous, independent, non-conformist, and maybe even a bit alpha, but sorry. We’re constantly making decisions and forming opinions because of the people around us. Whether you like it or not, those bitches have a constant impact on everything we do. Jonah Berger’s current book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior, is a follow-up to his 2013 book Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Here, he drills down from the macro to the micro: how interpersonal relationships motivate and demotivate us on a daily basis. It’s not all bad news: sometimes this influence...

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