How Hollywood Villains Can Teach Us How To Make Our Dreams Come True

By Albert Goldson

The characters in director Michael Mann’s West Coast noir thriller Collateral (2004) starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, provide excellent examples how Hollywood villains can teach self-improvement and how to get the most in life. In fact, often you can learn more from Hollywood villains than you can from the heroes. The plot in a nutshell is about Max (Jamie Foxx), an erudite cab driver who

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I Sold This Pen to the Wolf of Wall Street

By Albert Goldson

Tragically handwriting is a lost art particularly in the 21st century. It’s quite easy to tap away on a laptop or other device to create your next project. In a world that demands results yesterday, it’s faster and more efficient with a device with built-in auto-fill, auto-spell corrections and easy-to-access dictionaries. And it’s here to stay.Notwithstanding writing instrum

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Freeing Your Mind to Become An Internationalist

By Albert Goldson

After your overseas study stint and you’ve clicked your heels and returned to ‘Kansas’, you’ll experience culture shock when you return home, perhaps not immediately but eventually. The reaction is different for each person. Universally everything will look and even feel different. Like astronauts living for weeks in zero gravity, your linguistic immersion will occasionally

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Acquire Global Ambassadorship through Overseas Study

By Albert Goldson

For those coming-of-age young adults entering college or already enrolled in college, make sure to venture off to a foreign country before you graduate where the overwhelming part of population speaks a language other than English. This eliminates all British Commonwealth countries, Puerto Rico (technically a US Commonwealth), and Mexico (too many Americans there). The goal is to make yourself as

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Tahiera Monique Brown speaks at TEDxBirminghamSalon

By Tahiera Monique Brown

http://guidetobham.com/2014/09/16/on-the-red-carpet-tedxbirmingham-salon/

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Tahiera Monique Brown speaks at TEDxBirminghamSalon

By Tahiera Monique Brown

http://phillygirlinthesouth.com/rippledideas-at-tedxbirmingham-salon Tahiera Monique Brown speech was called, Resilient.

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Manhattan: Still Fantasy Island

By Albert Goldson

During the 1970s through 1980s, except for a few select neighborhoods, NYC was a dystopian “armpit of a town”.  During the 1990s NYC improved dramatically and with gentrification in the 21st century was able to accomplish much.  This included the repurposing, often through rezoning, of industrial neighborhoods like Soho and Tribeca and down-trodden residential areas in the Ea

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ISIS at the Crossroads

By Albert Goldson

From the perspective of the ISIS leadership they realize that they’ve arrived at a critical crossroad of their existence. Just imagine that you’ve achieved unimaginable success that no other militant group has accomplished in the region in a short period of time.  This wildly successful military and terror campaign have resulted in your soaring popularity amongst your fighters, a

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ISIS: The Reservoir Dogs of the Middle East

By Albert Goldson

Whatever coalition is cobbled together by the US, their performance, or lack of, to combat ISIS is contingent not on US leadership, rather the coalition’s followership.  Specifically it’s how and to what lengths each coalition member will follow and support the US in this campaign that will determine its effectiveness and outcome.Take the classic cult heist movie Reservoir Dog

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The Good Old Days Lifes Boot Camp

By Albert Goldson

It’s all about perspective and life experiences.  Aunts and uncles at family gatherings were sensational story tellers particularly of their personal experiences during their coming of age and early adulthood whether in the US or elsewhere.  It was told it a way that I could actually picture it in my mind as if it was a movie, in black & white of course.  This was the Depr

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