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This classic Disney movie is based on the Arab folktale about a poor boy named Aladdin found in the collection entitled One Thousand and One Nights. The film follows the story of Jafar, Grand Vizier to the Sultan, and his plans to overthrow the sultan and claim the throne for himself. Paralleled with this plot line is the story of the street rat Aladdin. The fates of these two characters intertwine when Jafar learns that Aladdin is the “diamond in the rough,” the only one who can enter the cave of wonders.

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In November of 2012, the Rolling Stones played the first show of their fiftieth anniversary concerts in London. Many have wondered through the years how a rock band has lasted for fifty years, especially one with as much struggle as the Rolling Stones. To find the answer, one has to look back to the beginnings of the long career of a group of determined young men.

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Mayer Amschel Rothschild was born in 1744 in Frankfurt, the city located in what is currently Germany but which was then a part of the Holy Roman Empire. During that time nobody could guess that the child, who was born in the Judengasse, the Jewish ghetto district set apart from the rest of the city, would eventually rise to found one of history's most prosperous banking empires and become the head of the wealthiest family in modern history.

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Continuing with my blogs about the business lessons we can learn from Baseball's Greatest players, I will discuss Babe Ruth, perhaps the most famous of them all.

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With millions of fans and players worldwide, soccer is arguably the most popular sport of all time. Soccer comes from an internal desire to succeed and satisfies the need to be a part of an entity. It is seen as a means by which unity can achieve a larger goal. Soccer seeks to put the priorities and necessities of the team above those of the individual. It represents diligence, patience, and determination.

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Jan van Eyck was born around 1390 in the town of Maaseik in what is now Belgium. No official record of his birth date or birth places exists and little is known of his early life. He is linked to Hubert van Eyck and Lambert van Eyck; they are believed to be brothers as they were all born in the same area. Jan van Eyck was an educated man, although the details of his schooling are unknown. He most likely received a classical education as was the practice for learned men of his time. This is supported by his use of the Greek and Hebrew alphabet in inscriptions in his paintings. An inscription of a coat of arms on his tombstone indicates that he was a member of the gentry class, a fact that further supports his education.

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One of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history comes in at six-feet-two and 200 pounds. He could not run the fastest forty-meter sprint or lift the most in the weight room, but he trained the hardest. Whether he was running up a two-and-a-half mile dirt hill during his off-season, showing up to safety team drills when no one expected him to, or simply training on the field even though there were not coaches, players, or an audience to witness him, Jerry Rice was exerting himself and leading the charge. “I’ve pushed my body for twenty years,” Rice said upon announcing his retirement, “I was never a couch potato, I was always working out. I had to prove myself every year.”

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American football is one of the biggest sports in the United States. Its’ hard hitting, action packed games bring fans to pack stadiums, with hundreds more watching games at home every week. The sport has evolved with time, bringing bigger, faster, stronger athletes to participate. As the country’s most popular sport, it brings in billions of dollars in revenue every year. Football is very unique to the United States and its players and fans take pride in that. Because of its uniqueness, there are many lessons that can be learned from the sport of football.

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A little known French immigrant, Alan Rufus, also known as Alan the Red (Alain le Roux) due to the color of his hair, was the wealthiest person in British history, according to a book entitled The Richest of The Rich, by Philip Beresford and William D Rubinstein, 2007. When he died, more than 900 years ago, Alan Rufus was worth £81 billion ($136.85 billion in US currency), in modern monetary terms. He owned 250,000 acres across Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and London – which was given to him by his uncle, William the Conqueror, as payment for suppressing the Saxon rebellion in the North. He died in 1093, at the age of 53. “Nobody is likely to be as rich as Alan Rufus again,” said Mr. Beresford.

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Bob Cousy, also known as the “Houdini of the Hardwood,” named after magician Harry Houdini says much about his style of play and how he became one of the pioneers of modern basketball. Former Celtics owner Walter Brown described him, “Bob Cousy is to basketball what Babe Ruth was to baseball.” What is it that made Cousy such an innovator and one of basketball’s greatest players? Just as in business, the secret to being successful is much in the person that you are and what you do with your opportunities.

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