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Changing Your Name Could Boost Your Career
If you want to get ahead in your career, changing your name could help. It’s worked for all kinds of celebs, so why couldn’t it work for you? Some stars have traded in their old name for something more Hollywood-sounding, like Vin Diesel - who was originally Mark Sinclair, and Olivia Wilde - who was originally Olivia Cockburn.
Another famous name changer is “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who thought young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, so she had publishers use her initials, J.K. - short for Joanne Kathleen - instead of her name. And that seemed to work out well for her, don’t you think?
Research also shows that minorities who change their names on resumes get more interviews. A study from Harvard Business School finds that companies are more than twice as likely to call minority applicants for interviews if they turn in “whitened” resumes than those who reveal their race. Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling’s real name is Vera Chokalingam and actor Kal Penn was originally Kalpen Modi, and their name changes may have boosted their careers.
And changing your name professionally could help you rebrand yourself. Look at one of the most famous name-changers around - music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs - also known as Puff Daddy, Puff, P. Diddy, Diddy, and now Brother Love (well, sort of – he was kidding about Love). Still, the serial name-changer has switched monikers before new business launches, releases, and projects, and it’s worked well for him – he has an estimated net worth of $820-million!
In real life, you don’t have to go for such a drastic change to your name, but it could be a good career move. Making yourself more marketable can’t hurt, just ask Diddy.
Source: New York Post
Guy Scores World Series Tickets For $9 Each
Like a lot of other baseball fans, Jordan Benedict really wanted to go to the World Series. But with tickets selling for an outrageous $3,000 each, he knew it would be next to impossible. So he hadn’t given up hope and was searching on StubHub for a deal when he found a pair of tickets for only $9.08 each!
Benedict was thrilled with the find and bought the tickets for game two between the Astros and the Dodgers. But because he felt like the deal could be too good to be true, he checked with StubHub customer service, just to be sure.
Sadly, they informed him that there was a pricing issue and refunded his money. But then StubHub reached out to Benedict saying that since he found the tickets on their site at that price, they would honor the deal! So he and a friend got to see game two of the World Series for less than $20! Pretty amazing.
Source: Awesome Jelly
Need to spark your creativity?
Take a walk. A study by Stanford University found that a long walk could boost creativity by 60%. Seems walking lowers blood pressure, and takes your mind off your problems, allowing you to let the ideas in. Need more proof? Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson, said that the co-founder of Apple often took long walks to spark his creativity. (Independent)
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