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Walter Perry Johnson, commonly referred to as “Big Train” for his large stature and fast pitches, was born as the second of six children to Frank and Minnie Johnson on November 6, 1887 in Humboldt, Kansas. His childhood years were spent in rural isolation on his family farm. He found that living in the country away from the hubbub of city life he was able to learn more about himself. He liked the solitude of country living so much that in between baseball seasons he and his wife Hazel would return to their own working farm in Coffeyville, Kansas.

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Games using a stick and a ball have been enjoyed by people for thousands of years. However, finding that sort of recreation in cold, icy climates can be difficult for anyone. Being limited by temperature, people began to play versions of field hockey in the fields of European countries. Later, when British soldiers settled in areas of Canada, they adapted their form of field hockey to be played on the ice and snow that was so prevalent in the colder areas of the country. Since the introduction of ice hockey, the sport’s popularity has thrived in North American countries (Particularly Canada and the United States), and is now a part of the winter Olympics. The following are 6 lessons we can take from ice hockey and apply to business:

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Claude Monet was one of the most influential painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Paris in 1840, Monet studied art at an early age. He started creating caricatures of local figures and politicians and selling them when he was 10. He began taking private art lessons with Eugène Boudin, studying oil painting and plein air techniques. Monet spent a great deal of time on the beaches of Normandy, painting and experimenting with different techniques. It was here that he met and befriended fellow artists including Édouard Manet, who would go on to become an influential artist in his own right. Monet has often been credited with founding the Impressionist movement, however, there were several artists exploring this technique. Monet created the painting that gave the technique its name. Impression, Sunrise was the title of a painting in a Paris exhibit that was reviewed by art critic Louis Leroy. Leroy was not a fan of the work and wrote a scathing review of the exhibition, calling the Impressionist work “more unfinished than embryonic wallpaper”.

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We are all familiar with one of Hollywood’s most famous and beautiful smiles. Audrey Hepburn blessed us (yes, that’s the correct term) with her acting for decades, starring in some of the most influential films throughout history. Though she passed away back in 1993, it seems that we are still reminded of the power of her films on a daily basis. And not just her films, many people have her picture on the wall, they read about her life, and some even have magazines that featured her.

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Alexander the Great also known as King of Macedon is one of the most famous men from the ancient world. He was known for his great skills as a leader since he was able to conquer parts of Asia, Persia, and Egypt, making him the conqueror of one of the largest empires of the ancient world. He is also known because he had the privilege of being under the tutelage of Aristotle. He is a great example of a leader because he was very successful commander, and his armies were almost undefeatable. Before he was even thirty he had already conquered the great Persian Empire, and yet he also died in his early thirties.

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With their distinctive manes and social groups known as “prides,” lions are among the most recognizable animals on the planet. They are the second biggest cat after tigers, weighing around 500 pounds. Lions are primarily found in African Savannah regions, but can also be found in Asia in small numbers. Male lions are particularly distinctive across all genetic variations of lions, with their thick manes, which allow the males to appear larger than they really are—though if a 500 pound lion leapt out at you, it wouldn’t matter if he looked larger or not; it’s going to hurt.

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Beetles are in the insect order of Coleoptera, which is the largest order of insects. Forty percent of all insects are beetles. In fact, beetles make up almost 25 percent of all existing animal life. There are more than 350,000 species of beetles worldwide, and possibly more if you factor in species that are not yet discovered. These are divided into 4 basic subgroups – Archostemata, which are wood boring ‘telephone-pole’ beetles and reticulated beetles, which have a distinct pattern of squares on their outer shell; Adephaga, which are bark beetles, ground beetles and most types of water beetles; Myxophaga, which are bog and skiff beetles, and Polyphaga, which are water scavenger beetles, carrion beetles, stag beetles, and all other kinds of beetles.

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In the introduction to this book I described the qualities of excellence embodied by the superstars portrayed herein. Lawrence Taylor is the exception, at least in some respects. In his autobiography LT: Over the Edge: Tackling Quarterbacks, Drugs, and a World Beyond Football (co-written with New York Post columnist Steve Serby), he recounts how he rarely took part in off-season training programs and practiced like a stubborn child tasked with a chore. Some of his most memorable games were played with a hangover. His cocaine addiction caused him to get suspended from the NFL after twice testing positive for the substance. When he nearly got him-self killed in a car accident as a result of speeding, his team insured him for $2 million because the general manager thought Taylor would not live past the age of thirty. While his actions spoke volumes on their own, Taylor disclosed early in his career, “I guess that I'm just a plain wild dude.” Former teammate Beasley Reece defended Taylor: “To say that Lawrence Taylor is a bad person, those are the words of an idiot—or a person who is speaking from ignorance or doesn't know the man. He's a good person. He's a good guy who is a drug addict.” Regardless of one’s judgment of the man’s character, it cannot be denied that he truly led a frenzied life both on and off the field.

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William Walton “Bill” Sharman was an American professional basketball player and coach. He is mostly known for partnering with Bob Cousy on the Boston Celtics in the 1950s in what some consider the greatest backcourt duo of all time. Cousy made the plays, and Sharman who has been called “the greatest shooter of his era,” made the shots. As a coach, Sharman won titles in the ABL, ABA, and NBA, and is credited with introducing the morning shoot around.

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This is take from a post by Jack Clark at Qazztek.com

A president of the United States is much like an entrepreneur. The United States is in many ways a gigantic company and many of the lessons Washington learned on the road to the presidency and afterward can be applied to business.

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