With celebrity status brings brand and self recognition, but more importantly loads of money in many cases. Even D-List celebrities with their 15 minutes of fame will try to capitalize on it.
So what do a few celebrities do when they have too much money and want even more? Simply launch or invest into a few businesses. Instead of bringing you high calibers celebrities like Jay-Z or 50 Cent, let’s take a look at a 10 celebrities you didn’t know were entrepreneurs…
Surprisingly, Jackie Chan has never completed proper education which hurt his ability to read or write. This did not stop him from successfully being casted in role after role in movies where he eventually found more success in the United States with the Rush Hour franchise to name a few. In parallel to his acting success, Jackie has launched and co-founded several businesses. Jackie has his own film and distribution company while owning three other production companies. Throughout China are his movie theaters Jackie Chan Theater International, dubbed some of the biggest cinema theaters. Other ventures include his own line of signature gyms, clothing line, several restaurants and talks of dipping into the supermarket and furniture industries. Each and every single one of his business donates a percentage of their profits to his Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.
Best known for his role in That 70’s Show and MTV’s Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher is an avid entrepreneur with deep interests in social media and internet startups. In fact, Ashton Kutcher was the first person on Twitter to receive 1 million followers. Ashton founded Katalyst Media with his friend Jason Goldberg which was behind Punk’d and several other TV shows and movies. Ashton’s first venture into online entrepreneurship was Blah Girls, an animated web series. We suppose things didn’t go well as the website is no longer working. This did not stop Ashton from investing $1 million+ in several startups like Blekko,Optimizely, Flipboard, and Nowmov. Ashton sits on the board as an advisor for a handful of other companies as well.
When Phil Mickelson isn’t on the green battling Tiger Woods you can find him at a local Five Guys. The problem is Five Guys is only available in certain states like its home state of Virginia. East coasters are in an ongoing battle with West coasters over the best burger joint. East coasters live by Five Guys while West coasters swear by In-N-Out. There is no denying that Five Guys is slowly converting In-N-Out customers to the dark side, even Phil Mickelson. Five Guys has plans to expand in Southern California and all the Orange County rights were purchased by a group of investors, one being Phil Mickelson. Five Guys is definitely one franchise you’ll be hearing about for a long time.
As if dating Jessica Biel and being filthy rich wasn’t enough, Justin Timberlake has become more than just a singer through his entrepreneurial ventures and acting roles as you may have seen in the Social Network. In the movie, Justin played Sean Parker, founder of Napster. His interests in startups actually exists in real life and can be seen through his investments in Miso Media, an application development company and Stipple, an online photo labeling tool. Justin Timberlakes endeavors don’t stop there. He has launched his own record label, Tennman Records and co founded a clothing line sold exclusively through Bloomingdales. Together with his former assistant turned business partner, they launched Southern Hospitality BBQ restaurant in New York.
Best known for her numerous movie roles and for her relationship with Jesse James, Sandra Bullock is actually an entrepreneur at heart. Her major business is her film production company, Fortis Films which has produced over nine films, one being Miss Congeniality. Back in Texas, Sandra owns Bess Bistro, a restaurant in Austin. Down the street she also founded Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a bakery and florist shop that also does event planning. Let’s not forget shes an executive producer for the George Lopez show where she will earn over $10 million in syndication rights. Not bad for a girl that’s won an Oscar and Academy Award.
Currently ranked number 5 out of the worlds best tennis players, Venus Williams can be seen off the court focusing on several of her businesses. Like many other celebrities, she too has her own clothing lined called EleVen, an athletic but stylish sportswear for women. Clothing may be cliche but don’t let that fool you as Venus has a good eye for design and also runs V Starr Designers, an interior design firmed based in Florida. Her company has designed several TV show sets and is well known for their design work among residential and commercial businesses in Florida. Along with her sister Serena Williams, they both own a very small minority stake in the Miami Dolphins. The latest thing to add to her list of accomplishments is her NY Times best selling book Come to Win.
Hollywood’s kid at heart funny man founded Funny or Die when he wanted to watch only comedy videos online. Funny or Die is like Youtube except all the content is comedy based and users can vote on which videos are funny, if not then they obviously die. With Will Ferrell running the show, he has had no problem getting other celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Jerry Seinfield on board to submit their videos. Funny or Die’s first video was The Landlord which went viral and has over 75 million views. Funny or Die’s network has since expanded to Shred or Die and Pwn or Die. They also founded Kung Fu Todd and Eat Drink Die but both were considered a failure.
When Ludacris is not in the studio or on the streets disturbing the peace, you can find him involved into several business ventures. As surprising as it may sound, Ludacris did study business at George State University. As an up and coming rapper, no one would give Ludacris the time of the day so he solved that by opening his own record label to which he has had great success and passed that success along to other artists on his label like Bobby Valentino. Ludacris has teamed up with restaurateur Chris Yeo and will open one of several restaurants across Atlanta. His latest ventures include Conjure cognac and a fragrance deal with TAG body spray.
You either hate Kanye West or love him but there is no denying that he knows how to create controversy and market himself. Kanye West takes on all fronts of the music industry from rapping to producing to even having his own record label. What you may not know is that Kanye originally wanted to be an artist and is actually very talented at that. His creative side can be seen through his clothing line and shoes that he has designed for Nike and Louis Vuitton. As a fan of the fast food restaurant Fat Burger, Kanye has bought all the Chicago rights and plans to open 10 across Chicago.
If there’s one artist that has revolutionized the music industry recently, it would have to be Lady Gaga. Dubbed the modern day equivalent of Madonna, Lady Gaga has put out hit after hit and was the first artist to reach 1 billion cumulative video views on Youtube. Lady Gaga knows how to create buzz through her outlandish outfits and acts so there’s no doubt she has some business savvyness in her. Lady Gaga is involved in everything from her own perfume, to her own brand of headphones, to an exclusive deal with MAC cosmestics, to her own comic book series, and even becoming part owner of Vince & Eddies, a restaurant in Manhattan.
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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone
Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.
When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.
But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.
1. Include short breaks
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.
2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!
These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!
This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!
2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery
When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.
3. Love what you do
This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are Industry-related!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year
Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry
View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!
7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success
Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.
Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.
Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.
I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.
Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.
Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:
1. It Solves Your Problem
When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.
2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress
Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety.
Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale
3. Increase Your Focus
Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate.
Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing, and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.
Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential.
If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.
5. It Boosts Your Health
Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments.
Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.
“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra
6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present
Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations.
Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.
7. Stay Aware and Positive
A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally, it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self.
Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.
To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.
Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!
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