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Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 9.05.28 AMNASA’s unsung heroes: The Apollo coders who put men on the moon

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Learn how pioneering software engineers helped NASA launch astronauts into space, and bring them back again — pushing the boundaries of technology as they did it.

Homer Ahr had been asleep for 15 minutes when he got a call from his boss at Johnson Space Center.

“All he said was, ‘Homer, get into mission control as fast as you can.’ I didn’t have an idea of why I was going in there,” he said.

“Within 30 minutes at most I knew that they were truly in a life or death situation,” said Ahr.

Earlier that evening, Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert had brought NASA mission control to a standstill with the now famous statement, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

The Apollo 13 craft was more than 300,000 kilometers into its journey to the moon when an explosion ripped through the tiny capsule.

On that day in April 1970, with the vessel venting its precious supply of oxygen, NASA knew it had few options for getting the three Apollo astronauts on the stricken spacecraft home safely.

“From that realization on, all we did was do everything we could to get them back,” Ahr said.

“It’s sort of like being in the ER, you know? If you have to jam a needle into somebody’s chest to reactivate their heart, you just do it. You don’t think about what you’re doing. You just do it.”

One of the many pressing issues was how to mount a rescue without firing the engines on the damaged part of the craft. At Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, mission control narrowed the options to a maneuver never attempted before. The survival of the astronauts now hinged on using the descent engines on the lunar lander to put the craft on a homeward trajectory.

SEE: How a NASA team of black women ‘computers’ sent an astronaut into orbit in 1962

Mission control had limited time to work out how to pull off the maneuver. Luckily, just months before the crew blasted off from Cape Canaveral, two programmers had written the software for mission control to calculate just such a move.

One of those programmers was the 22-year-old Ahr, just a year out of college and working for IBM as a maneuver-planning expert supporting NASA flight officers in mission control.

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“If what had occurred on the Apollo 13 had occurred on Apollo 12, we would have had a real bear of a problem,” said Ahr, since the algorithms for calculating the maneuver had only just been added.

“Physically you could do it, but computationally and in the mission control center, it would have been extremely difficult to figure out when to do the maneuver and how to do it,” he said.

Mission control needed assurance that firing the descent engines would work, and Ahr and a colleague spent the night running what was called a dispersion analysis, checking every possible parameter to see if the move would put the craft on the right course.

“I couldn’t even tell you the number of times we ran computations,” said Ahr, “but we did the dispersion analysis, and the conclusion was, ‘Go ahead and do the maneuver.'”

The computers as heroes

The eventual safe return of the astronauts was due to far more than that series of calculations, but Ahr’s recollection illustrates just how crucial the early computers were to the lunar missions.

With its goal of putting a man on the moon, NASA’s Apollo program is perhaps the most ambitious technical endeavor ever undertaken. Throughout the 15 Apollo missions that included six moon landings, the precision needed—in terms of positioning and velocity—to put the craft on the correct trajectory on the journey to and from earth was exacting.

Every maneuver that would be carried out by the spacecraft was calculated in advance by IBM computers in the Real-Time Computer Complex (RTCC) at Johnson Space Center, and checked against the craft’s actual maneuvers throughout the mission.

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Just as important to the return of Apollo 13, and the success of the wider program, were the computer systems underpinning the numerous simulators at Johnson Space Center and Cape Canaveral. The simulators included working copies of the spacecraft’s command and lunar modules, and allowed NASA astronauts and the flight controllers on the ground to practice every part of the journey: from the launch, to the lunar landing, to earth re-entry, working in tandem as they would during the mission.

Simulators replicated not only the workings of the onboard computers, but also fed data into ground systems, recreating the experience of an actual mission as closely as possible, and preparing staff to deal with a host of potential problems.

Jack Winters, who managed simulators testing and started out writing software for simulators during the earlier Gemini missions, said the training for the flight controllers was invaluable for the Apollo Project.

“On Apollo 13, for example, they were much, much better able to spot the problem and develop workarounds because of the training,” he said.

During Apollo 13, these simulators would let engineers and astronauts on the ground—working alongside astronaut Ken Mattingly, who had been replaced on the Apollo 13 flight crew at the last moment—figure out how to bring the command module’s onboard systems back online with the limited power available, a crucial step ahead of re-entering earth’s atmosphere.

Merritt Jones was working at Johnson Space Center as a computer programmer and an astrodynamicist, calculating the mechanics of how a spacecraft moves in orbit.

Working out the correct order to restore the lander’s systems was incredibly important for the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew, he said.

“They had to reduce the power required for the startup sequence. The startup sequence was critical. If you didn’t start in the right sequence, the systems wouldn’t work well or wouldn’t work at all.”

Pushing boundaries

The computers used during the Apollo missions were impossibly crude by modern standards. Each of the RTCC’s five IBM System/360 Model J75 mainframes had about 1MB of main memory, not even enough to load a typical web page in 2017.

“The software that controls what happens when you move your mouse on your PC—the mouse driver for Windows—takes more memory than all the NASA supercomputers put together had for Apollo,” said Jones.

Despite filling an entire hall with electronics, the mainframes each topped out at about one million instructions per second (MIPs), some 30,000-times slower than the fastest processors used in today’s personal computers.

NASA was bumping up against the limits of what technology at the time could do, which often meant relying on cutting-edge, and sometimes unproven, hardware and software. And where the tech simply didn’t exist, NASA’s commercial partners had to invent it.

A case in point was the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC). While the ground systems might sound underpowered, the onboard computers were orders of magnitude more simple. The guidance computer for the Apollo spacecraft needed to be small enough to fit in a cramped capsule and light enough for the Saturn rocket to get it into space. The wardrobe-sized IBM mainframes that NASA used on the ground were out of the question.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Instrumentation Laboratory (MIT-IL), which had the contract to develop the AGC, turned to a new technology, integrated circuits, which had the potential to make computers faster and smaller by etching multiple transistors onto small chips. At that time in 1961, integrated circuits had only been invented two years earlier and were something of an unknown quantity, but by 1963 MIT-IL had ordered some 60 percent of the world’s available ICs.

“A lot had to do with power and weight,” said Bob Zagrodnick, an engineer who worked on the AGC at Raytheon, which built 43 of the computers during the course of the Apollo program.

“These are small units and they didn’t take up a lot of power. We’d constantly strive to minimize weight and power consumption.”

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The Real-Time Computer Complex (RTCC) for the Apollo Program’s Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. The RTCC was situated on the first floor in Building 30, below the Mission Operation Control Rooms. There were no windows to the outside world in any of these rooms.

Image: Homer Ahr/NASA

More unusual was the way the software running on the AGC was literally woven together. At Raytheon’s production line in Waltham, MA, weavers looped wire through circular magnets, creating a metallic tapestry whose pattern corresponded to digital zeros and ones, which in turn encoded the programs run on the computer.

“They actually threaded the flight program information into the core rope memories,” said Zagrodnick. “It was a very intense activity, so mostly women who were good at needle and thread were the ones who weaved or put together the core memories.”

Back in Johnson Space Center, IBM found itself facing an entirely different challenge. As the name suggests, the computers in the RTCC needed to be able to handle new jobs and data in real time, to fulfill their role monitoring spacecraft trajectories and driving complex simulations of the missions. The problem was that at that point in the early 1960s real-time operating systems didn’t exist.

According to Ahr: “We had to get a multi-tasking, multi-jobbing operating system in the 1960s — before IBM had ever built a multi-jobbing, multi-tasking operating system.”

So IBM invented one, modifying the existing OS on its System/360 mainframe, in addition to creating a real-time database called DataTables, “well before you had anything called a relational database,” said Ahr, with strict rules around which data could be updated and when, to ensure critical information relating to the spacecraft would be accurate and available when needed.

Working with a new OS added a fresh wrinkle to a task already fraught with challenges, with calculations throwing up unexpected results due not just to application errors, but also mistakes in the relatively untested operating system.

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Shooting for the moon

The pressure on the young IBM programmers was intense, with individuals working as many as 80 hours in a week, in a bid to hit the hardest of deadlines.

Winters said: “NASA had a schedule. They were going to fly on certain dates. They announced that to the public and IBM surely did not want to be the one that caused the flight to be delayed.”

That drive to work round-the-clock was partly driven by the punishing timetable, but also by the thrill at working to put a man on a moon, and desire to beat the Russians in the space race.

“We were so excited,” said Winters. “We were young. I think I was 21 when I started. We didn’t know what we couldn’t do. We just thought we could do anything. Here I was working on software that was going to go into space and eventually to the moon. The adrenaline factor was tremendous.”

Being young enough to not fully appreciate what they couldn’t or shouldn’t do sometimes paid off handsomely, according to Harry Hulen, who primarily worked on the software used at the simulators in Houston before going on to oversee others’ code.

“You could kill a guy if you messed this up. You could kill a guy.”

TOM STEELE, NASA COMPUTER PROGRAMMER

 

 

 

Hulen recalls having difficulty simulating the propellant tanks on the Agena unmanned rocket during the Gemini missions, the US manned spaceflight project that preceded Apollo, when he took a trip down to his local Sakowitz department store.

“There on the shelf, along with the usual kinds of books that you see in a store, was a book called Rocket Propellant and Pressurization Systems,” he said.

“I bought it, and it turned out that that book was exactly telling me what to do with the requirements that I had. I just totally ignored the requirements that NASA had written and programmed out of this book that I bought at Sakowitz,” said Hulen. “It worked well. No one caught me, and the results of it worked just fine. They were able to simulate certain things to a higher degree of accuracy than was required.

“The important thing is I was, maybe, 22 years old, and I didn’t know I was doing the wrong thing. I just said: ‘This looks to me like what I ought to be doing.’ I suspect that there was quite a bit of that,” he said.

That’s not to say it was always easy to strike the right balance between personal and professional commitments. Many of the young programmers were starting families at the time, but often found themselves having to work late to test software, due to machines being in constant use during the day.

“A lot of our development time was in the middle of the night,” said Winters.

“I spent many a late hour in the computer room testing software and overseeing the testing of software. In fact, my first divorce was probably caused by all the hours I worked during that period,” he said.

SEE: Photos: The computer programmers behind NASA’s Apollo missions

At the back of every engineer’s mind wasn’t just the success of the mission, but also the lives of the astronauts that depended on software doing its job.

From the moment Tom Steele joined IBM in 1963, working out of Huntsville, AL on software for the guidance systems on the Saturn rockets used during Apollo, he said his team were made acutely aware of what was at stake.

“Every contractor had a program of manned-flight awareness. Those programs were designed to both make you do things better, but also to make you be able to handle the idea that you could kill a guy if you messed this up,” he said.

Ahr felt that responsibility particularly keenly during during Apollo 11, the 1969 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

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Engineers gathered in the Mission Evaluation Room during Apollo 11.

Image: NASA

His job at that time was to run software that computed maneuvers of the rocket and the spacecraft at each stage of the mission, and check the real-time position of the spacecraft against the projected results, working to support the flight officers in mission control.

The role was by no means straightforward, requiring Ahr to sit at a console listening to about eight different phone lines at once, as well as the audio feed from the astronauts. He remembers the fear he felt when those lines began echoing to the sound of an alarm as the Apollo 11 lunar module descended towards the moon’s surface.

“When those alarms were going off during the first descent, it was scary, to say the least,” said Ahr. “It was chaotic to listen to all of that at one time and try to stay calm, keep your head up and not panic.

“It was like you’re sitting at a football game, there’s tons of people yelling, and screaming, and hollering, plus at the same time there’s a fire. You know, fire trucks show up, ambulances show up, police show up, and they all have their sirens on,” he said. “That’s what you’re listening to as you’re trying to sit there and calmly watch the real-time data come in.”

Fortunately the descent to the lunar surface was near-on perfect: “As good a descent as we could have ever flown,” said Ahr, thanks to the many fail-safes built into the Apollo systems. In this instance, the rendezvous radar in the module had been switched on, overloading the Apollo Guidance Computer with jobs. However, the system was able to prioritize the tasks needed for the descent, and ignore those related to the radar.

Ahr credits his ability to stay calm and do his job to the extensive training ahead of the mission, where all manner of problems had been simulated, and an awareness of the important role he and other ground staff had.

“Every action you did on the console affected the success of the mission and could affect the lives of the astronauts,” he said. “You had to have sort of a characteristic where the more pressure there was and the more stress there was, the better you worked.”

There was mutual respect between the IBM engineers and their NASA colleagues, born out of their close working relationship and the high stakes involved in making manned spaceflight a reality.

“We were truly a band of brothers,” said Ahr. “We were always committed to the same goal: successful missions.”

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“I’m kind of amazed we pulled it off”

Adding to the pressure were the profound limitations of the primitive technology at the time, whether it was the ease with which console operators like Ahr could make mistakes when typing data into a teletype machine during a mission or having to write programs for the IBM mainframes on punched cards.

“In retrospect I’m kind of amazed that we were able to pull it off,” said Winters.

Each stage of the programming process was incredibly cumbersome. Programs for the IBM mainframes at Houston were written on coding pads, which would then be given to keypunch operators who would punch them onto card decks.

With the main IBM Federal Systems Division office situated nearly a mile from the computers, it was often necessary for a courier to deliver the card trays to the Computing Center and return the results, limiting the number of times software could run to an average of 1.2 times per programmer per day.

“My monthly salary was the same as one hour on the mainframe.”

MERRITT JONES, NASA COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AND ASTRODYNAMICIST

 

 

 

Hulen said: “If you were lucky, you got a run back the next day. What you got back was paper, and quite often, it was a core dump,” a sign that the program had crashed. Debugging this code, mostly Assembly language with some Fortran, to identify the cause of the problem was nothing like today.

The core dump would be a stack of paper, “maybe eight or nine inches” high, without a word of human language on it.

“It would all be in hexadecimal, and you had to learn to read that and find key points that were within the dump. What you needed would probably have fit on one page, but there wasn’t any real means to know what you really needed, so you got these huge core dumps back,” said Hulen.

“You had to be very fluent in hexadecimal and be able to recognize your assembler language instructions literally in machine language,” he said. “You had to know a good many people to get help. On a bad day, it might take two or three days to work it out.”

Documentation was also minimal, particularly in early missions. Hulen recalls working on telemetry software related to the Agena rocket used in Project Gemini. Programmers kept a bit-by-bit breakdown of each of that software’s basic components, known as words, which was written on a piece of cardboard they called the bit board.

“The only documentation was this bit board that we had put together. It worked quite well until one night the cleaning crew threw it out,” said Hulen. “We had no backup for it. We had a real crisis there, where we had to figure out what each one of those bits was and try to recreate the bit board, which never was totally successful.”

Over time, however, the unprecedented scale of the programs being worked on required IBM to develop sophisticated project-management plans, techniques that would be used for decades to come.

“These were extremely large software programs. There were over a million lines of code of application software,” said Winters. “There were very few successful examples of developing that amount of software successfully.”

There were about 500 IBM programmers based around Johnson Space Center in the Clear Lake area of Houston, spread over about 10 different buildings. To effectively coordinate the workforce, IBM came up with an approach of breaking down the software into modules managed by different teams and setting dates for when design, coding, integration and testing of the code would be complete.

Winters said one of the early managers, Dick Hanrahan, “pioneered that kind of management technique,” adding that the approach would go on to be used for large projects across IBM’s Federal Systems Division.

The power of the processors and the amount of memory available was so constrained that programmers would spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to simplify code, particularly if an instruction was carried out repeatedly.

“I would spend months trying to put the equation into a form that would take less memory and execute faster and still get an acceptable correct answer. And I do mean months,” said Jones of his work calculating spacecraft trajectories on IBM mainframes.

“I would spend a month trying to remove one instruction from a loop,” Jones said. “If I took one instruction out, I could save, say, 10,000 instruction executions. I only had 1,000,000 available to me and the operating system took some of those.”

Another instance saw Jones writing code to directly manipulate the zeros and ones of the machine code, using “masking instructions” to derive a far more efficient way of checking if one number was bigger than the other.

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Mission Control celebrated when Apollo 13 made it safely back to earth.

Image: NASA

“If you looked at the code, it would look horrible, but it would be fast,” he said.

According to Jones, without these extreme optimizations, software that carried out real-time calculations, such as the spacecraft’s current position, simply wouldn’t have been able to run on the computers available.

Given the IBM mainframes used in mission control had thousands of times less memory than a machine today, software had to be loaded in sections, each of which related to a different phase of the journey to the moon. Each section would take seconds to load, further complicating the process of tracking a spacecraft that could be moving as fast as seven miles per second.

Systems onboard the spacecraft were massively more limited than those on the ground, with the Instrument Unit computer aboard the Saturn V rocket capable of just 15,000 operations per second and not supporting floating-point math. “You can’t even begin to compare that to today,” said Jones.

The scarcity of computing power meant the relative value of the programmer’s time to the computer’s time was the inverse of what it is in 2017, said Jones.

“Today, you can buy as much compute power as you need if you have the money to buy it, and the programmer’s time is worth more than the computer by far. In those days, one hour on an IBM mainframe was worth one month of someone with a Master’s degree in math doing this work. My monthly salary was the same as one hour on the mainframe.”

Surprisingly, Steele said most of the programming techniques used today were available in the 1960s: “You just didn’t have any computers that could take advantage of them,” he said.

The limitations of the technology were so numerous and the calculations so complex that the best that the engineers could hope for was getting as close to certainty as possible.

“There weren’t any absolute yes / nos. [But] you had to make the decision like there were,” said Steele.

Getting as close as possible to certainty meant testing for every conceivable outcome. However, certain things couldn’t be tested on the ground, like how the weightless environment of space would disturb air bubbles in the soldered joints on electronic circuits. So, equally important, was learning from every earlier mission.

“The one thing that is true: we never, ever flew a mission that didn’t have a failure. Ever,” said Steele.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges, the Apollo program not only achieved President John F. Kennedy’s massively ambitious goal of putting an American on the moon by the end of the 1960s, but followed it up with multiple return trips to earth’s rocky satellite.

Decades later, the Apollo programmers describe a feeling of pride, but even more of being incredibly lucky.

“I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to have been a part of that. I feel it’s probably one of the most fortunate things that has ever happened to me in my life,” said Winters.

Steele sums it up even more succinctly: “There was never a day, never a single day there wasn’t a problem to solve, and it was amazing. It was an amazing ride.”

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Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches Lies

At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school market with apps like the now defunct Lifestage.

But in August he switched sides, leaving to go work for Google. Yet his arrangement hasn’t stopped the now-21-year-old Sayman from tinkering with apps during his off-hours.

Today he launches his latest, a trivia game called Lies where you try to guess the one true fact about a friend amongst an array of fibs. It follows the social mechanics of his first hit, 4Snaps, which was like Pictionary but where you take four photos instead of drawing to get people to guess the right word.

Facebook is constantly accused of copying competitors like Snapchat, but with Lies, Sayman is returning the favor. Lies mimes the interface of tbh, the anonymous teen compliment sharing app Facebook recently acquired after it hit #1. “The idea came to me as an evolution of the past games I had created, as well as what I noticed was becoming popular on the App Store today.”

In Lies, you first upload your contacts, and then take a Tinder-style profile quiz where you swipe yes or no about questions about yourself. Then you’re given tbh-style four-choice questions about friends with the goal of correctly guessing which tribia tidbit about them is true. The statements range from “I’ve gone skinny dipping” to “I’m afraid of crowds” to “I’ve kissed someone on the first date”.

When friends answer questions about you, you get notified. “This game ends friendships” it declares, as you might learn who doesn’t really know you or thinks the worst about you.

That’s about it. Sayman proudly says he built the app over just two weekends before joining Google, so it’s thin and might still be a bit buggy. An Android version is in the works.

While a cute idea, Lies may succumb to impatience and vanity. It takes a few minutes of non-stop self-interviewing to answer enough questions to fill your profile and unlock the game. Some teens may flake before ever getting that far. And people might lie when answering some of the lewder or defamatory questions, like whether they’ve ever peed in the shower or stolen money from their grandparents. That breaks the game because friends’ guesses are irrelevant if the source of truth is fake news.

You could see Lies as the devil-on-your-shoulder counterpart to the tbh angel. The racier questions might draw people in, but the constant dealing in shameful topics could get exhausting. Still, Lies is another step towards Sayman cracking the code with a hit mobile app. He’s been building them since he was 13. And with Snapchat, Facebook, Houseparty, and other startups all chasing the teen market, Sayman’s combination of youth and experience make him a hot commodity.

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Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He’s been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advised a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands, and was acquired by Twitter. Constine has personal relationships stemming from college housing with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum cryptocurrency.]

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Equifax, Yahoo fail to answer the most basic questions during Senate hearing

Senators were left frustrated as Yahoo didn’t know how it was hacked, and Equifax still didn’t know who.

Former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer. (Image: pool photo)

Former Yahoo and Equifax bosses stumbled through a Wednesday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee without answering basic questions about their respective massive data breaches, much to the chagrin of questioning lawmakers.

Marissa Mayer, who led Yahoo until she left earlier this year with a $260 million payout after the web giant was bought by Verizon, wasn’t able to tell senators how hackers were able to steal the company’s entire store of three billion user accounts during a breach in 2013.

Yahoo disclosed the hack last year, after initially saying only one billion accounts were stolen.

She also wasn’t able to say who was to blame for the attack, or why it took three years to learn of the breach.

What makes the Yahoo affair more confusing is that months before the disclosure, the company admitted it had been hacked in an entirely separate breach from 2014, in which 500 million user accounts were stolen.

Mayer recast blame on Russian hackers for the 2014 breach. Justice Department prosecutors filed charges against four Russians, including two intelligence officials and two other hackers.

But while Mayer lacked answers, she countered with contrition.

“As CEO, these thefts occurred during my tenure,” said Mayer, during her opening remarks. “I want to sincerely apologize to each and every one of our users.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) was less than forgiving, who said that it was “unfathomable” Mayer walked away with a payout that amounts to a what “small city” uses for its annual operating budget.

Richard Smith, meanwhile, who retired earlier this year after the catastrophic data breach at credit agency Equifax, which affected more than 145 million Americans, couldn’t tell senators who was behind the attack.

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The company lost control of social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, and in some cases, driving license information, as well as hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information.

Not only did the company draw ire for taking six weeks to inform its customers of the breach, senior executives also took flak for selling millions of dollars’ worth of stock before notifying the public. An internal company committee later cleared the executives of any wrongdoing.

But chief among the complaints was that the company failed to fix a flaw that gave the hackers access to the company’s systems in the first place.

The company said in September that it knew that hackers exploited a vulnerability in its website, citing a known vulnerability in Apache Struts, a popular web server software. The bug had been patched earlier in March, but Smith said the patches hadn’t been installed on its servers.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) said that experts he spoke to said the breach was “not a sophisticated attack,” and criticized the company for the oversight.

“I can’t think of a clear definition of gross negligence,” said Peters. “You don’t take the precautions when a [vulnerability] roadmap has been put out?”

Equifax’s interim chief executive Paulino Barros said that the company now spends four-times as much on cybersecurity than it did prior to the breach.

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Discover five actionable insights to help you become a public speaker within your industry.
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 Public speaking can do wonders for one’s career in terms of positioning as a thought leader within your industry and having exposure to countless executives in the audience which is advantageous for anyone that’s looking to grow a business or advance in their career.

However, the journey to becoming a public speaker isn’t one that comes overnight. Like anything else, it requires years of hard work, mastery of a topic, and a lot of patience.

Sure, it’s easy to watch well-known speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk or Tony Robbins take a stage and think to yourself “Oh, I can do that!” But the reality is that these individuals have invested years in speaking on those stages.

Having spoken at over 30 industry events and conferences such as SXSW and Social Media Marketing World in the past two years, I am often asked by aspiring speakers in my social network how to get speaking engagements.

Below is a breakdown of what it takes to become a public speaker in 2017:

1. Able to Teach and Drive ROI

Conference and event organizers aren’t looking for just someone who can come in and recite a blog post that they read online or provide vague, general content (a “theory”).

Instead, they are looking for subject matter experts or thought leaders on a particular topic or platform (i.e. social media, SEO, email marketing, etc.) who have performed the work previously and are able to teach an audience how to do it themselves in order to drive ROI for their business.

Conference organizers are hypersensitive to the fact that attendees often pay upwards of $1,000 or more to hear from seasoned experts, which is why you should not bother applying to speak at an event if you haven’t performed the work that you intend on speaking about. Ask yourself, what makes you qualified to speak on a particular subject matter?

2. Gain Experience in Your Community

Before speaking in front of thousands, I spoke at events at technical colleges in my community to a dozen or fewer individuals. Sure, it’s not as sexy as headlining a stage at a major industry event but it’s where you realistically need to start to gain experience speaking in front of professionals who can easily spot the difference between someone who knows their subject matter and fluff.

My advice to anyone reading is to get started with your local Chamber of Commerce and industry events within your community or host a small meet-up where you can speak about a topic.

3. Volunteer at Industry Conferences

If you want to get on the radar of the decision makers who organize top-tier events in your industry, be sure to volunteer your time at these events. As a volunteer you will get a free conference badge which will give you access to everyone attending, including speakers, and may even present you with an opportunity to speak–sort of.

Almost every conference that I have spoken at in the last two years has track leaders who introduce every session and speaker. What better way than to get your name in front of conference attendees and time on the microphone than by being a track leader? Events like Social Media Marketing World often will have up-and-coming speakers start off by being a tracker leader at their event before moving onto panels or solo sessions.

4. Email Event Organizers

Anytime someone asks me how do I get speaking engagements I let them know, in short, I email conference organizers. You don’t need an agent or virtual assistant to do this for you. Simply identify a dozen or so industry events that you want to speak at over the next year and send an email to the committee or individual responsible for selecting speakers (which is often posted on their website) and make your pitch.

My advice is to write an email or submission which clearly states who you are, what you’d like to speak about, why you’re the best person to speak on this topic, and examples of where you’ve spoken before.

5. Gather Testimonials and Speaking Examples

Having testimonials and examples of your work on stage is a key to success for any speaker. Throughout 2016, as I applied to speak on bigger stages, I was often asked for speaking examples so I invested in having a freelance videographer record a couple of my talks. You can find help on the Thumbtack app or find out in advance if the event you’re speaking at is equipped to record your talk.

Most importantly, have a website which showcases your work including testimonials from prior speaking engagements where you can send prospective organizers to.

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Carlos Gil is a brand marketing executive, entrepreneur, and public speaker with over a decade of experience leading social media marketing strategy for global brands including LinkedIn. Carlos’s work has been featured by, or seen in, CNNMoney, Mashable, Inc., Huffington Post, Social Media Examiner. He is a recurring speaker at industry events such as SXSW and Social Media Marketing World. Carlos is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida now living in San Francisco, California.

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Elon Musk is a lifelong reader, and books ranging from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” to “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” have shaped his outlook.

When people ask Elon Musk how he learned to build rockets, he has a simple answer.”I read books,” he reportedly likes to say .

Musk – who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn’t seem that relevant to him – has always been hungry for the written word.

In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker observed that he was picked on a lot during his South African childhood, and he would retreat into fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien) and science fiction (Isaac Asimov) to cope.

As we’ll see in below, books have always been important to Musk: inspiring him as a child, giving him heroes as a young adult, and helping him to learn rocket science while launching SpaceX.

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‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

Musk had a nickname when he was a shrimpy, smart-mouthed kid growing up in South Africa: Muskrat.The New Yorker reports that “in his loneliness, he read a lot of fantasy and science fiction.”

Those books — notably “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien — shaped his vision for his future self.

“The heroes of the books I read always felt a duty to save the world,” he told The New Yorker.

‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

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Musk says he had an “existential crisis” when he was between the ages of 12 and 15, burrowing into Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, and other moody philosophers to find the meaning of life.
It didn’t help.

Then he came upon “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” a comic interstellar romp by Douglas Adams. In the book a supercomputer finds the “answer” to a meaningful life is the number 42 — but the question was never figured out.

This was instructive to a young Musk.

“If you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part,” Musk said in an interview. “So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask.”

‘Benjamin Franklin: An American Life’ by Walter Isaacson

Musk has said that Ben Franklin is one of his heroes.In Franklin’s biography, “you can see how [Franklin] was an entrepreneur,” Musk says in an interview with Foundation. “He was an entrepreneur. He started from nothing. He was just a runaway kid.”

Something about that is similar to Musk’s story — growing up in Pretoria, South Africa, going to school in Canada, transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, then using an invitation to Stanford University’s Ph.D. program to land in Silicon Valley.

Musk’s review: “Franklin’s pretty awesome,” he says.

‘Einstein: His Life and Universe’ by Walter Isaacson

In that same interview with Foundation, Musk says he learned a lot from another biography by Walter Isaacson — “Einstein.”As with “Franklin,” this books tells the story of a genius who transforms the world with his intelligence and ambition.

As the jacket copy breathlessly proclaims, the book “explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk — a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate — became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.”

‘Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down’ by J.E. Gordon

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Musk is a committed autodidact, devouring the subjects he needs to know about.
When he decided to start SpaceX, he needed to learn the basics of rocket science.

One of the books that helped him was “Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down,” a popular take on structural engineering by J.E. Gordon, a British material scientist.

“It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design,” Musk said in an interview with KCRW.

‘Ignition!: An informal history of liquid rocket propellants’ by John D. Clark

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“Ignition!” is another hard-to-get-your-hands-on account of early rocket science.

“There is a good book on rocket stuff called ‘Ignition!’ by John Clark that’s a really fun one,” Musk said in an interview.

Clark was an American chemist active in the development of rocket fuels back in the 1960s and 1970s, and the book is both an account of the growth of the field and an explainer of how the science works.

Though the book is hard to track down, people love it. Consider this Amazon review:

This book has the right mix of technical details, descriptions of experiments with spectacular results, background info about the why’s and how’s, and about the politics involved. It is a very engaging and uplifting book because Clark captured a lot of the enthusiasm he had for rockets.

Fortunately for us, this rare text is available online here and here.

‘Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies’ by Nick Bostrom

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Given his leadership roles at SpaceX, SolarCity, and Tesla, Musk has a bird’s-eye view of the advance of technology.
It’s not all good news.

“We need to be super careful with AI,” he tweeted, because it’s “potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

To find out why, he says it’s “worth reading” Nick Bostrom’s “Superintelligence,” a book that makes the daring inquiry into what would happen if computational intelligence surpassed human intelligence.

‘Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future’ by Peter Thiel

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Back in the early 2000s, when Musk was running the payments startup X.com, he was in direct competition with PayPal, cofounded by Peter Thiel, a man who’s now a billionaire investor.
So when Thiel came out with his book of startup philosophy, Musk naturally endorsed it.

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and ‘Zero to One’ shows how,” he says.

The book is full of Thiel’s combative insights — like that Silicon Valley’s obsession with disruption is totally misguided.

‘Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness’ by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele

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In an interview with CNN, Musk said that he had just finished Barlett and Steele’s “Howard Hughes,” a biography of the eccentric filmmaker and aviation tycoon, who famously got a little nutty at the end of his life.

“Definitely want to make sure I don’t grow my fingernails too long and start peeing in jars,” Musk says.

But it’s easy to see why Musk would be attracted to Hughes, who worked in multiple industries and pushed the boundaries of flying, breaking air speed records.

‘Merchants of Doubt’ by Naomi Orestes and Erik M. Conway

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Now a documentary, “Merchants of Doubt” is written by two historians of science who make the case that scientists with political and industry connections have obscured the facts surrounding a series of public health issues.

Musk recommended the book back in 2013, at a D11 conference.

Around the same time, he summarized the book’s key takeaway in a tweet: “Same who tried to deny smoking deaths r denying climate change.”

The ‘Foundation’ trilogy by Isaac Asimov

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It’s possible that Musk’s interest in space exploration technology stems from his days spent reading science fiction.

In a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Musk said he was influenced by Asimov’s “Foundation” series, which centers on the fall of the Galactic Empire.

Here’s what he said the book taught him:

The lessons of history would suggest that civilisations move in cycles. You can track that back quite far – the Babylonians, the Sumerians, followed by the Egyptians, the Romans, China. We’re obviously in a very upward cycle right now and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not. There could be some series of events that cause that technology level to decline. Given that this is the first time in 4.5bn years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.

‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ by Robert Heinlein

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This award-winning science fiction novel, originally published in 1966, paints the picture of a dystopia not too far in the future. It’s exactly the kind of vivid fantasy world that would satisfy an active imagination like Musk’s.

In the book, a group of people have been exiled from earth to the moon, where they have created a libertarian society. In the year 2076, a group of rebels including a supercomputer named Mike and a one-armed computer technician leads the Lunar colony’s revolution against its earthbound rulers.

It is, Musk said in an interview at MIT’s Aero/Astro Centennial, Heinlein’s best work.

The ‘Culture’ series by Iain M. Banks

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Musk has been plowing his way through this series since 2014.

The books tell the story of a semi-anarchist future society called the Culture, which includes humanoids, aliens, and artificial intelligences.

It’s a “[c]ompelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future,” Musk tweeted. “Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.”

‘Our Final Invention’ by James Barrat

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Musk has openly warned against the dangers of artificial intelligence.

In a 2014 interview at MIT’s AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, he called AI “our greatest existential threat.” He’s also invested in the AI firm DeepMind “just to keep an eye on what’s going on with artificial intelligence.”

So it’s no surprise that he labeled “Our Final Invention” “worth reading” in a tweet. Barrat takes a close look at the potential future of AI, weighing both the advantages and disadvantages.

As Barrat says on his website, the book is at least partly “about AI’s catastrophic downside, one you’ll never hear about from Google, Apple, IBM, and DARPA.”

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SNJ : T-1868 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (Change Your Thoughts & You Change Your Actions)

SNJ : T-1868 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (PAIR-A-DIMES) :: Change Your Thoughts AND You Change Your Actions #SmitaNairJainThoughts @SmitaNairJain “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.” “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” “The purpose of a business is to create a customer.” “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans. ” “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker American-Austrian management consultant Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. #womenintech #womenindigital #thoughtleaders #tedxspeaker #technology #tech #success #strategy #startuplife #startupbusiness #startup #smitanairjain #mentor #leadership #itmanagement #itleaders #innovation #informationtechnology #influencers #Influencer #hightech #fintechinfluencer #fintech #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurs #economy #economics #development #businessintelligence #believe Take A Minute To Follow Me On Social Media Facebook: @SmitaNairJainPage   Twitter: @SmitaNairJain Instagram: @smita.nair.jain          LinkedIn: @smitanairjain
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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.”

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

“The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”

“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.”

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans. ”

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

Peter Drucker
Management Consultant
Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation.

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SNJ : T-1867 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (Change Your Thoughts & You Change Your Actions)

SNJ : T-1867 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (PAIR-A-DIMES) :: Change Your Thoughts AND You Change Your Actions #SmitaNairJainThoughts @SmitaNairJain “Do what you love and the money will follow.” “Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.” “Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.” “Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.” “Change can either challenge or threaten us...Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.” Marsha Sinetar #womenintech #womenindigital #thoughtleaders #tedxspeaker #technology #tech #success #strategy #startuplife #startupbusiness #startup #smitanairjain #mentor #leadership #itmanagement #itleaders #innovation #informationtechnology #influencers #Influencer #hightech #fintechinfluencer #fintech #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurs #economy #economics #development #businessintelligence #believe Take A Minute To Follow Me On Social Media Facebook: @SmitaNairJainPage   Twitter: @SmitaNairJain Instagram: @smita.nair.jain          LinkedIn: @smitanairjain
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“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

“Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.”

“Change can either challenge or threaten us. Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.”

“Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power – a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.”

“Change can either challenge or threaten us…Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you.”

Marsha Sinetar

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SNJ : T-1866 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (Change Your Thoughts & You Change Your Actions)

SNJ : T-1866 : THE POWER OF PARADIGMS (PAIR-A-DIMES) :: Change Your Thoughts AND You Change Your Actions #SmitaNairJainThoughts @SmitaNairJain “Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.” “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” “There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.” “To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.” “Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.” “You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.” “Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.” “There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.” “Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.” “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Pat Riley President of the Miami Heat Patrick James Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association. He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and head coach in two separate tenures. #womenintech #womenindigital #thoughtleaders #tedxspeaker #technology #tech #success #strategy #startuplife #startupbusiness #startup #smitanairjain #mentor #leadership #itmanagement #itleaders #innovation #informationtechnology #influencers #Influencer #hightech #fintechinfluencer #fintech #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurs #economy #economics #development #businessintelligence #believe Take A Minute To Follow Me On Social Media Facebook: @SmitaNairJainPage   Twitter: @SmitaNairJain Instagram: @smita.nair.jain          LinkedIn: @smitanairjain
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“Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.”

“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.”

“There’s always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.”

“To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.”

“Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.”

“You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.”

“Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.”

“There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.”

“Being ready isn’t enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.”

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

Pat Riley
President of the Miami Heat
Patrick James Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association. He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and head coach in two separate tenures.

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Thought Leadership: “Chanel and Her World” Book by Edmonde Charles-Roux

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“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

“A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“Chanel and Her World” 
Book by Edmonde Charles-Roux
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

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Thought Leadership: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Book by Stephen Covey

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“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

“Start with the end in mind.”

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” 
Book by Stephen Covey 
Educator, Businessman, Keynote Speaker and Author

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Thought Leadership: “Gaudi: An Unusual Architect” Book by Antoni Gaudí

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“Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.”

“The creation continues incessantly through the media of man.”

“Copiers do not collaborate.”

“Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.”

“Gaudi: An Unusual Architect” 
Book by Antoni Gaudí
Architect, Practitioner of Catalan Modernism and Author

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Thought Leadership: “Act Now!: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products” Book by Kevin Harrington

Smita Nair Jain Board Member, Smita Nair Jain Board of Directors, Smita Nair Jain Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Data Officer (CDO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Capita, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer DHL, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Information Officer (CIO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer (COO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Capita, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer DHL, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain Chief People Officer, Smita Nair Jain Chief Security Officer (CSO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Smita Nair Jain Full Time Director, Smita Nair Jain General Manager, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Capita, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director DHL, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain President, Smita Nair Jain Ted Speaker, Smita Nair Jain TEDx Speaker, Smita Nair Jain Vice President, Smita Nair Jain Whole Time Director
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“You’ve got to commit to doing it right.”

“You only stay in front by coming up with ideas your new competitors haven’t thought of yet.”

“You need a good product, a good story, and a good pitch.”

“When I did a sales call and the customer would say, ‘I can’t afford it,’ I would say, ‘No problem; what can you afford? Can you afford $48 a month for forty-eight months? And I would write them up that night. We would take their credit application, finance it at a local bank, and the bank would pay us cash.”

“Whatever business you are in, never stop looking for the next hot deal.”

“Using half-hour television shows to generate leads for selling franchises… sure beat standing in a hotel meeting room doing a presentation in front of thirty or forty people.”

“The driver had been bringing in two full kegs, and then wheeling one empty and one full one back onto the truck. My dad’s lesson was, ‘Don’t trust anybody.’ Maybe that was true in the restaurant business, where he had to assume everyone in the place was stealing from him. Yet somehow I ended up with the opposite attitude – trusting everyone until they give me reason not to.”

“Some people take life as it comes; some grab it by the ears and shake and shake.”

“Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’ was one of my big one’s way back.”

“I’m not going to tell him how great we are, I thought. I’m going to tell him I’m here to select a partner, and let him tell me why I should do business with him.”

“I’d tell the car owner, ‘That automobile is your second most expensive purchase. You can protect it for only $119.’ I had been honing my skills at objections. From the get-go, I was closing about 80 percent, making ten to fifteen sales a week, sometimes taking home only $500 in a week, other times as much as $1,500. While kids from my school were scooping ice cream or flipping burgers for $1.60 an hour, I was earning twice as much as the next best salesmen for my company – and he was working to support a family.”

“In business, growing fast is a pleasure; growing too fast can be a curse.”

“I believe very strongly in the value of connecting with other people who share similar business problems and challenges, and with people who have already walked some of the paths you are now walking.”

“From my father, Charlie Harrington, I gained a love of being in business and the entrepreneurial pleasure of being my own boss. I’d like to think I also inherited his great Irish/German innkeeper’s talent for making every stranger feel like an old friend.”

“Always look to do business with people you would happily invite to Christmas dinner!”

“Act Now!: How I Turn Ideas Into Million-Dollar Products”
Book by Kevin Harrington
Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Founder of As Seen On TV, and Author

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Thought Leadership: “The Female Woman” Book by Arianna Huffington

Smita Nair Jain Board Member, Smita Nair Jain Board of Directors, Smita Nair Jain Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Data Officer (CDO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Digital Officer (CDO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Capita, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer DHL, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Chief Executive Officer Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Information Officer (CIO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer (COO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Capita, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer DHL, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Chief Operating Officer Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain Chief People Officer, Smita Nair Jain Chief Security Officer (CSO), Smita Nair Jain Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Smita Nair Jain Full Time Director, Smita Nair Jain General Manager, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Accenture, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Barclays Technology Centre, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Capita, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director DHL, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Mphasis, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Prudential, Smita Nair Jain Managing Director Sears Holdings, Smita Nair Jain President, Smita Nair Jain Ted Speaker, Smita Nair Jain TEDx Speaker, Smita Nair Jain Vice President, Smita Nair Jain Whole Time Director
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“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

“Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen.”

“I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids!”

“Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.”

“There is nothing like becoming a mom to fill you with fear.”

“But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you’re afraid.”

“There’s no love more intense than the love we have for our kids – and where there is intense love, there is also intense fear lurking beneath the surface.”

“Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.”

“Not only is it harder to be a man, it is also harder to become one.”

“America is a country ready to be taken, in fact, longing to be taken by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.”

“The Female Woman”
Book by Arianna Huffington
Syndicated Columnist, Businesswoman, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post and Author

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Thought Leadership: “An Eye for Winners” Book by Lillian Vernon

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“I want customers to know and relate to me as an individual, and to understand that my company is a reflection of myself.”

“Don’t try to be all things to all people. Concentrate on selling something unique that you know there is a need for, offer competitive pricing and good customer service.”

“What was your greatest challenge? Staying alive as a business, staying ahead of the game, and melding my business life with my personal life.”

“The biggest mistake was that I didn’t hire all the right people. I should have done better reference checks. I should have defined the roles in a much more professional manner. I hired people who just couldn’t do the job.”

“Toughness is a good thing, yet it is considered good only in men. When a woman is tough, men can’t stand it. I like being tough and smart.”

“An Eye for Winners”
Book by Lillian Vernon
Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Founder of Lillian Vernon Corp, The first company on the American Stock Exchange started by a woman and Author

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Thought Leadership: “The Education of the Individual” Book by Alfred Adler

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“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events not of words. Trust movement.”

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”

“A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.”

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.”

“Man knows much more than he understands.”

“Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”

“The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.”

“Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.”

“We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.”

“The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.”

Alfred W. Adler
Medical Doctor, Psychotherapist, Founder of the school of Individual Psychology
and Author

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Thought Leadership: “English Traits” Book by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Do the thing and you will be given the power.”

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essayist, Lecturer, Poet and Author

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Thought Leadership: “Prelude to Leadership” Book by John F. Kennedy

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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.”

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy
35th President of the United States and Author

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Thought Leadership: “Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age” Book by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

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If I’m being rejected from one thing, it’s really just the path redirecting me elsewhere to where I’m supposed to be.”

“The theft of brown women’s narratives is not only an injustice placed on them, but also one extended to their male counterparts; by insisting they need to be liberated from their ‘barbaric’ civilization, Laura [Bush] summoned the colonial assertion that brown women need saving from brown men, when, in actuality, brown women have suffered at the hands of white men more than at those of any other oppressor in history.”

“I started to see the bigger picture of things: Islam was not relegated to the tiny, sometimes frustrating and seemingly arbitrary details of practice, but rather entered the larger picture of spirituality and worship that contextualized my womanhood. In order to be able to derive these logical conclusions about my religion, I had to go back to the basics and understand the very fundamental principles upon which it was founded: justice, social equality, racial equality, financial equality, and, possibly most important of all, gender equality. Thus began my lifelong love affair with Islamic feminism.”

“When all the public eye sees are headscarves instead of individual stories, our community is collectively tokenized. It creates the perception that opportunity is limited and only a rare few of us can make it. Whenever that happens to an already marginalized community, it pits its own members in a competition against one another instead of against the restrictive frameworks that put us in that position in the first place. The first hijabi whatever won’t eliminate Islamophobia just as the first black president hasn’t eliminated racism, though both are signifiers of some type of progress — symbols of ascending beyond adversity.”

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Author, Tech Entrepreneur and Founder of MuslimGirl

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Thought Leadership: “Collected Works of Paul Valery, Volume 8: Leonardo, Poe, Mallarme” Book by Paul Valéry

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”

“Love is being stupid together.”

“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

“Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.”

“The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”

“That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.”

“At times I think and at times I am.”

“Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.”

“God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.”

“An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”

Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry
Poet, Essayist, Philosopher and Author

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Thought Leadership: “The Devil and Dave Chappelle: And Other Essays” Book by William Jelani Cobb

“It’s okay to be afraid, because you can’t be brave or courageous without fear.”

“I think every group of black guys should have at least one white guy in it.”

“I’m cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally.”

“You know, be able to do something great in your life, you’re gonna have to realize your failures. You’re gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it.”

“I love being famous – it’s phenomenal.”

“I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.”

“If I can make a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I think that’s better than being a teacher.”

“The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.”

“I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.”

“You can become famous but you can’t become unfamous. You can become infamous but not unfamous.”

“I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed.”

David Khari Webber Chappelle
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer and Producer

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Thought Leadership: “The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories” Book by William Bennett

“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”

“All real education is the architecture of the soul.”

“Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.”

“A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.”

“America’s support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.”

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

William John Bennett 
Conservative Pundit, Politician, Political Theorist and Author

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Thought Leadership: “Ashton Kutcher: The Life and Loves of the King of Punk’d” Book by Marc Shapiro

“I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” 

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Ashton Kutcher’s Top 10 Rules For Success   

He’s an American actor and investor.

He began his career as a model and began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show.

In 2004, Kutcher starred in the lead role of the psychological film The Butterfly Effect and gained public recognition.

He’s Ashton Kutcher and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

1. Ask extraordinary questions

2. Be yourself

3. Work hard

4. Take risks

5. Build an advice library

6. Be sexy

7. Understand customers

8. Be generous

9. Build your life

10. Uncover what’s concealed

Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Actor and Investor

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Thought Leadership: “Half Luck and Half Brains: The Kemmons Wilson, Holiday Inn Story” Book by Kemmons Wilson

“Mental attitude plays a far more important role in a person’s success or failure than mental capacity.” 

“A successful person realizes his personal responsibility for self-motivation. He starts with himself because he possesses the key to his own ignition switch.”

“I like to work half a day. I don’t care of it’s the first twelve hours or the second twelve hurs. I just put in my half every day. It keeps me out of trouble.”

“Remember, a person who wins success may have been counted out many times before. He wins because he refuses to give up.”

“The most successful people are those who take pride in their work, pride in their family It is great to attain wealth, but money is really just one way – and hardly the best way – to keep score.”

“Work only a half a day. It makes no difference which half-the first 12 hours or the last 12 hours.”

“My own success was attended by quite a few failures along the way. But I refused to make the biggest mistake of all: worrying too much about making mistakes.”

“Sometimes the first step is the hardest: coming up with an idea. Coming up with an idea should be like sitting on a pin-it should make you jump up and do something.”

Kemmons Wilson
Author and Founder of the Holiday Inn chain of hotels

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Thought Leadership: “The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur” Book by Mary Kay Ash

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe remember, you can achieve.” 

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” 

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” 

“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” 

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” 

“Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.” 

“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch.” 

“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.” 

“A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” 

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.” 

“We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.” 

Mary Kay Ash
Author, Businesswoman and Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc

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Thought Leadership: “The World I Live In and Optimism: A Collection of Essays” Book by Helen Keller

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”

Helen Adams Keller
Author, Political Activist and Lecturer

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“You can trust me; I will always bring you the best of the best. It goes the same for any entrepreneur of any sort.”

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (aka Halsey)
Author, Singer and Songwriter

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“The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.”

Robert L. Schwartz

Author

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Thought Leadership: “Sein Off: Inside The Final Days Of Seinfeld” Book by Jerry Seinfeld #leadership

“Every human being is a brand—the way you socialize, who you know, what you say.”

“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”

“A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”

“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”

“Men don’t care what’s on TV. They only care what else is on TV.”

“That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.”

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.”

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.”

“The IRS! They’re like the Mafia, they can take anything they want!”

“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ’See if you can blow this out.”

“People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.”

Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld 

Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, Director and Author

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Thought Leadership: “The Arthasastra of Kautalya: Indian Treatise on Statecraft, Economic Policy and Military Strategy” Book by Chanakya #leadership

“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”

“Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”

“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”

“God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”

“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

“The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.”

“We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.”

“A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.”

Chanakya

Teacher, Philosopher, Economist, Jurist and Royal Advisor

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Thought Leadership: “Quidditch Through the Ages” Book by J. K. Rowling #leadership

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

“You place too much importance… on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

“Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.”

J. K. Rowling 

Novelist, Film and Television Producer, Screenwriter, Philanthropist

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