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These days, we’re positively drowning in success tips delivered by just about anyone who’s made it, whether it be in business or sports or every other field in between. What John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila, brings to this very crowded table is a definition of success that feels right at home in these dog-eat-dog times. Stumbling is par for the course nowadays, but, by the same token, some of us will have to overcome a lot more than a frugal Christmas tree or a month behind on the mortgage. That’s why DeJoria’s advice rings so true, as he’s endured it all, from rock-bottom level, and then rose right back up like a Phoenix!

“Success is how well you do what you do, when nobody else is looking”

That’s one definition to live, sweat and bleed by!

DeJoria’s advice to everyone looking to also be worth 3 billion dollars someday comes on the back of a not-so-average life experience. He didn’t always enjoy the same cushy lifestyle he’s basking in now: in fact, as you could see in the video above, he started out as a lowly staffer at a small dry cleaning business. But the school of life also saw fit to hurl other hardships in his path: at one point, when he was getting the ball rolling on his first startup, he was going door to door without himself having a roof over his head (unless his car roof counts as one)! Check out his interview with Bloomberg or scroll down for a list of DeJoria’s pointers:

1. Be prepared for a lot of rejection, failures are our best teachers!

2. Back a good product or service, don’t skimp on money to get it right!

3. Go the extra mile: do all the things that unsuccessful people don’t want to do! 

So what exactly does DeJoria mean by that last piece of advice? “Whatever it takes,” he explained in another interview with Forbes. He goes on to expound on it by saying that, to be truly successful, one needs a strong, top-of-the-line product, but also the determination and stick-to-it-iveness to push it, peddle it, haul it onto everyone’s radar! And that will oftentimes entail doing what others find difficult or downright repelling – read, selling the daylights out of your product! Watch the whole interview below:

There was a time when “The Space Race” pitted the States against their Cold War nemesis, the Russians. Now, the Space Race is heating back up again… only this time around, within the USA! The two players vying for NASA’s good graces are Boeing and Space X, which have both just been awarded contracts (totting up to a whopping 6.8 billion dollars) to keep the “friendly” competition going, as they try to come up with the best kind of space craft to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Boeing’s space ferry is already looking great, with a 7-person capacity and a few “skylight”-type portholes lining the upper rim. But the craft isn’t without its faults – check out, after the jump, the bullish reply from Boeing’s rival, the dark horse Space X!

You’ll agree, I reckon, that the CST-100 looks spectacular – but Space X founder Elon Musk sees a lot to gripe about. He’s taken to challenging the heftier Boeing on CNN, and what he pointed to as the CST-100’s Achilles heel is its lumbering landing system. Or, as Musk condescendingly puts it, “parachutes and airbags… an ignominious, embarrassing sort of landing.” Check out more of his perspective below:

From Musk’s laid-back attitude above, we gather that, whether or not the race really does boil down to “the up-and-comer” (Space X) versus “the cagey veteran” (Boeing), it’s all rather immaterial, considering the much loftier mission statement of Space X. This we know for sure: Musk will not relent until he establishes a Mars foothold for humanity, with a “multi-planet” presence to follow. And indeed, the establishment will have to work together with the private money sector to get it done!

This has got to be a sign that we’re edging ever closer to the pinnacle of robot evolution – introducing JIBO:

Having already reached and surpassed its $100,000 goal tenfold and then some on KickStarter, this cute white family robot designed by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. To get the obvious questions out of the way, JIBO is a “he.”  He’s programmed to be a communicator (he has the smoothest voice!), an emotional presence around the house, an autonomous camera-operator, a nanny for your kids, a conveyor belt for texts, voice call messages and everything in between and so much more. The pint-size robot (11-inch tall and as light as a laptop) is also connected to the cloud, so no data will ever be lost.

This is, in effect, the next major leap towards that new lifestyle the tech world’s raving about: the Internet of Things. So hurry up if you want this little guy in your home: with just a couple of weeks left of the crowdfunding campaign, time is running out fast on your getting your mitts on the JIBO Home Edition at a veritable bargain! And another thing – don’t you find JIBO vaguely familiar? (Hint: That’s Eve from Wall-E on his right, there! A match made… right here on Earth.)


The upscale (to say the least) residence sitting atop a 560ft double skyscraper, the second tallest building along the Mediterranean coast, will let its owner look down on the world in style. It’s been dubbed the world’s priciest penthouse and, looking at the facilities alone, you get why someone would shell out a fortune (it’s expected to go for upwards of €300m) to get their hands on it. Wouldn’t you?

To watch this bee-stung babe traipse around the tower, looking for her date who, wouldn’t you know it, she finds grabbing a massage… you’d be tempted to fly over there in a jiffy and take a gander at the amenities offered by the luxury dwelling. Or you could just settle into your chair and drool over the specs and photos below:

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The foremost eye-catching feature of this sprawling, four-story penthouse is its private infinity pool that overlooks the sea. It even comes with a waterslide that connects the top floor to the pool, located several floors down – the best bit of a waterpark, right at your fingertips! Designed by Albert Pinto, the peerless penthouse also has the foodies covered, with a kitchen on each floor, and features five bedrooms, a dining room and a living room – all affording awe-inspiring vistas in every direction.

And, if you’re wondering what prompted the high-rise being built in the first place, it’s all about the money – unsurprisingly enough. Monaco has long been granting shelter from taxes to the super-rich, but given the latest globalization trends, it’s quickly becoming the only option for billionaires who want to flaunt their stuff without anyone looking under the hood. Switzerland, the other go-to safe haven in Europe, has recently been pushed into releasing its citizens’ banking behaviors to tax authorities elsewhere, which made its jet sets jittery enough to jump ship into Monaco.

So you’ve got one year left to grow your fortune: come September 2015, when the works on the Tour Odeon are scheduled to wrap up, this jaw-dropping piece of real estate will be commanding its price, and taking a lot of hearts prisoner, I bet!

Leave it to an inventor-artist to start our day off on cloud nine! David Bowen is the brains behind kinetic devices that bring the outdoors in: by tapping into the power of water, wind and, now, clouds, the innovator manages to scale nature down, translate it into movements that our minds can grasp, and fit it all under our roofs. Look at his latest contraption, for instance:

The whole rig might look complicated, because it probably is, but the gist of it comprises a video camera pointed at the clouds and connected to a robotic mechanism that mimics their shapes, billows and sways. By taking a regular run-of-the-mill grand piano and mounting this one-of-a-kind thingamajig (yes, we’re going with that) inside, Bowen basically brings the clouds down to earth. Or takes us up to the heavens – however you want to look at it.

If you find yourself in France this autumn, you should check out the artist’s latest work at L’assaut de la Menuiserie, where he’ll be putting on a solo exhibition. Until then – if you’ve finished picking up your jaw from the floor! – take a look at some of Bowen’s other, equally amazing installations: