Thomas Edison thought sleep was a waste of time, preferring instead to take a series of daily power naps. So did Leonardo da Vinci. Nikola Tesla clocked about two hours of shuteye per night. The secret to their success? Perhaps it was sleep deprivation-induced delirium.
Maybe they knew something we don’t. After all, they were geniuses.
Mere mortals like us are constantly reminded that we require eight straight, restful hours of sleep to function, yet some of the most enduring achievers defy that logic. Lucky them, they somehow thrive on minimal amounts of slumber. Donald Trump is one of the sleep-starved elite. The bedhead-defying billionaire real estate mogul scrapes by on only three to four hours a night, but says it gives him a competitive edge. Apparently it’s working.
Meanwhile our commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, logs more sleep than you might think: he reportedly nods off at 1 a.m. and rises at 7 a.m.Winston Churchill wouldn’t approve. The former prime minister to the United Kingdom, who famously kept a bed in the Houses of Parliament, believed in the brain-boosting power of catnapping so much that he reportedly credited his victory in leading the nation through the Battle of Britain to his propensity for siestas.
For more fun, surprising facts about the sleep habits of the rich, brilliant and famous, tuck into the eye-opening infographic below, care of BigBrandBeds.co.uk.
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s hard to believe that on the eve of 2015, instead of ringing in the new year, minority communities are marching across the country to send the message that black lives matter.
As a black man working hard to make a difference, it is sad that we have to start there: at life. Because life is just the beginning. What about quality of life? Creation of wealth? Contributing to an innovative society?
I ask myself: How do we change how America views African-American men? And how do we create more opportunity for African-American men?
The key: The technology industry, and bringing up a new generation of black technology leaders.
Over the past decade, the African-American community has been mobilized by technology.
We spend the most time on social media services. We are avid smartphone consumers and we are the No. 1 demographic on services such as Twitter and Instagram.
You can see the power and influence of African Americans in the response to the police deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. They have used these services to organize protests and create national awareness campaigns. To put it in perspective, the March on Washington in 1963 was attended by 250,000 people. With social media today, you can reach millions of people per tweet, Google+ post or Facebook status with hashtags such as #handsupdontshoot and #blacklivesmatter.
Yet few African-Americans benefit from jobs and wealth inside these social media hubs — let alone having a place in the leadership, on the board of directors or are founders of a start-up that goes on to become a household name.
There is a notable exception. Omar Wasow might not be a household name, nor is he credited with starting the revolution in social networking. But he founded BlackPlanet in 1999 long before MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, and he scaled the platform to millions of users before selling it for $38 million to Radio One in 2008.
There’s a saying in African-American culture: “Often we forget those who have paved the way for many.” As part of the diversity “Oorah” cry to create monetary role models, we keep saying we’re looking for a “black Mark Zuckerberg.” We should be looking for the next Wasow.
Mentoring is a simple yet effective way to do that. Shared experiences can help an individual save time, avoid making the same mistakes and open wide the doors of opportunity.
So I asked black male leaders in technology: “What advice did your mentor provide to help you become successful today?” This is what they told me.
Partner, Y Combinator
One of my mentors was our first lawyer at Justin.tv. His name is Carlos Ellerbe. What he told me is that it takes seven to 10 years to make a start-up into a billion-dollar company. He was right. It made me understand how important it is to start with a good team because we are going to be working together a building for a long time.
QA Engineer, Snapchat
Take the time to build valuable, meaningful relationships versus attempting to connect with any and everyone in a seemingly glamorous position. Integrity beats titles any day!
Investment associate, Kapor Capital
It’s not just about having a seat at the table; it’s about having a voice. It’s also not just about you “making it;” it’s about you leaving the door open for the next generation.
Founder and general partner, Cross Valley Capital
I never really had a mentor and that was, ironically, the best advice I guess I (never) got.
It was like being a young boy growing up with my father not around. The parent may overlook his or her importance to the child, but the child never forgets. So the lesson I learned was the responsibility to do the opposite for someone else. So now I go out of my way to mentor and advise others. It’s more important to me than my own success.
Director of IMPACT, co-founder of SkillTarget
“Write it down.”
This is a very simple piece of advice that has been incredibly helpful. Writing life goals, drafting legislative outlines, writing organizational plans, writing ideas, drawing wireframes, and writing code all start with putting pen to paper; or fingers to keys.
Effectively and frequently taking the ideas swirling around in my head and translating them into prose and points has been integral to any success I have had.
A mentor told me to “stop focusing on how I can make money and become focused on how I can make others money.”
CEO and co-founder, VUE
Two things I’ve found that work are 1) Focus on solving a problem and test it quickly by either getting people to use it repeatedly or pay immediately; and 2) Don’t give up too soon. There’s truth to pivoting but sometimes it can take a couple years until you really start hitting on the pain point, don’t die on your way.
Paul Carrick Brunson
Founder and CEO of Brunson Holdings
Invest in yourself. This is a very simple concept, but incredibly important. I was taught to spend a significant amount of my time dedicated to self-development (whether it be a new language, exercise, computer programming classes, etc). The moment you stop investing in yourself is the moment you have written off future dividends in life.
Partner, Collaborative Fund
My mentors told me that the best way to “get lucky” is to maximize opportunities for luck. More specifically: to meet and know every talented person available to me, because great people are the source of opportunity.
CEO of Brand Camp University
As a community we consume everything and own nothing. It is time design the future versus buying what someone else creates.
Co-founder of The Phat Startup
Advice I received was not from a personal mentor but from Jim Rohn. I saw an old YouTube video from the 70′s where he repeated advice from his own mentor:
“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
Learning how to change the way I perceived a challenge or even a victory has helped me tremendously. It’s key not to put too much focus on things you can’t control.
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP.vc. He has more than 14 years of experience in technology, design and business development.
Azealia Banks stars on the cover of Playboy’s April Music Issue. The Harlem rapper poses in a leopard jumpsuit as a black cat sits on top of her head. “Hip-hop’s fierce queen is ready to roar!” is headlined on the magazine cover, as Banks shot a fully nude pictorial with photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.
Azealia Banks will appear on the cover of Playboy and in a nude pictorial in the April 2015 issue of the magazine. The badass rapper from Harlem poses, according to editors, in a “frisky pictorial that’s sure to break the Internet.” In addition to the photo spread, Rob Tannebaum talks to Banks in a no-holds-barred interview.
Banks joins a long lineup of famous Playboy cover stars such as Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Catch the issue when it hits newsstands on March 20, while more photos will drop on Monday.
Indian Wells (United States) (AFP) – Serena Williams won her first match at Indian Wells since 2001, beating Monica Niculescu in straight sets to end her 14-year self-imposed exile from the California desert event.
- Serena Williams grinds out victory in Indian Wells return Associated Press
- Serena overwhelmed by fan love on Indian Wells return Reuters
- Tennis – Serena Williams ends her Indian Wells boycott AFP
- Serena makes winning return to Indian Wells Reuters
- Serena says ‘right time’ to end Indian Wells boycott Reuters
World number one Williams earned the 7-5, 7-5 victory in two hours, three minutes in front of a crowd of about 14,000 on center court of the Tennis Garden stadium.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner walked onto the court to a standing ovation from the crowd, a sharp contrast to her last Indian Wells appearance when as a 19-year-old she was booed after beating Kim Clijsters in the final.
Friday evening’s match was one of the most anticipated of the two week hardcourt tournament because Williams finally decided to bury the hatchet after telling herself she would never play in Indian Wells again.
“I traveled the world in the last 14 years,” Williams said. “I won 18 slams and I had some great memories around the world. There was just that one memory.
“It has been worth it coming back and being able to step back out here on the court and create some new memories,” Williams said.
World number one Williams said she had tears in her eyes as she walked onto the court Friday for her long-awaited return.
“The days, the weeks before, even just the reaction of just being here, I was really a little bit worried about it,” Williams said.
“But then the moments before, I was warming up, I was in my match mode, so I didn’t really think about it until I walked out on the court. It was like, Oh, it’s happening.”
Williams won the Indian Wells crown in 1999 at age 17 and again two years later when she rallied to beat Clijsters in the final 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 after a controversial semi-final walkover when her sister Venus pulled out.
Romania’s Niculescu came out onto the court first Friday followed a few minutes later by Williams who received a warm reception from the crowd as she emerged from the tunnel.
One fan yelled “We love you Serena” which was followed by more clapping and cheering.
Several members of Williams’ family were in also in attendance including her mother Oracene.
- Ends her boycott -
Williams announced last month she was finally ending her boycott of the Indian Wells tournament, saying she had to let go of the past and move forward with her tennis career.
She was booed during the 2001 final by fans who accused her and her sister Venus of rigging a match. Williams responded later by claiming that she and her family members at the 2001 match were subjected to racial slurs.
She hasn’t played a lot this season and it showed Friday as Niculescu made her work for the victory.
“I felt excited to be out there, almost overwhelmed,” she said. “I wasn’t able to get off to as fast a start as I wanted to in those first few games.
“It felt so good. I just wanted to be back out there. It feels great walking out here and everyone wishing me well.”
She got off to a slow start against Niculescu as the long layoff and nerves seem to get the best of her at the beginning of the first set.
Niculescu jumped out to a 2-0 lead, breaking Williams in the opening game by mixing up her groundstrokes and taking advantage of some unforced errors in the first career meeting between the two.
Williams won the next three games to go up 3-2 before Niculescu broke Williams for the second time en route to a 5-3 lead.
Williams then started to get more consistency out of her serves and groundstrokes, taking the final four games to win the set.
The second set was similar to the first with several momentum changes. Williams eventually took charge of the match late in the set as she finished with a total of 12 aces and won 73 percent of her first-serve points in the match. Williams also finished with 48 unforced errors to 29 for Niculescu.
“I never played anyone like her before,” Williams said. “I struggled to find my rhythm. She really made me work really hard today. It was a really, really tough match.”
This indispensable album debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 chart and the Billboard R&B Album chart. Me Against The World was Tupac’s first album to go to #1 on both charts and
stayed at the top – of both – for 4 weeks straight!
Featuring the hit singles “Dear Mama” and “So Many Tears,” Me Against The World
is one of the most influential albums of all time.
Released in 1995, while Tupac was in jail, and had just recovered from being shot at a recording studio, this was his most introspective piece of work to date.