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When did you last truly feel empowered?

This time last year I had just celebrated my first anniversary since launching my life coaching business.

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Every day, Americans wake up to frightening headlines from all across the globe. Military training instills valuable attitudes and team building skills that can be directly applied to starting and sustaining a successful business.

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Every day the headlines are alarming. Then there are the repeated attacks by organized terrorists and lone wolf attackers who vent their rage by shooting up schools and public places.

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July is the month when NFL football teams open their preseason training camps. Acquiring skills at a young age with the help of experienced teachers can make all the difference.

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Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Running a business can be challenging, and it takes hard work and perseverance to achieve a high level of success.

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In the middle of the economic meltdown that was 2007-2009, James Marshall Reilly noticed a particular new breed of high-minded entrepreneur who, well, didn’t seem to be melting. There were people, particularly millennials, who were still achieving stunning success at a dramatically accelerated pace.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- At the nearly 100-year-old Scialo Brothers Bakery in the heart of this city's historic Federal Hill neighborhood, everything is done in the old way.

Gaeta herself is trim and lively; her close-cropped gray hair and direct demeanor impart a key piece of information about the bakery’s ecosystem: There is no time for slacking in this busy kitchen.

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When 12-year-old Nicky Bronner awoke the day after Halloween 2009 to find his parents had confiscated the previous night's booty, he lost it. His father, Michael, explained the candy wasn't good for him, and Nicky set out to prove him wrong.

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Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot, sells jewelry. Herrin calls it "social selling.

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On "Entourage," Adrian Grenier's character Vince Chase and his posse often reveled in the debauched, hedonistic side of Hollywood. But with his latest real-life venture, Grenier and business partner, Peter Glatzer, producer of the "Alter Eco" TV series, represent Hollywood at its most earnest and altruistic.

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As a military police captain, Dawn Halfaker felt she had found her ideal career.

So she founded Halfaker and Associates, which provides professional services and technology solutions to the federal government and allows Halfaker to fight on two fronts: She helps equip on-the-ground troops to fight missions and helps U.S. veterans fight unemployment.

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As far as Derek Peterson sees it, Wall Street can't compete with the marijuana business.

I started looking at the products and services utilized in this industry, the economics behind it and how I could prosper from a peripheral business.

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When Cathy Hughes got pregnant at age 16, her friends said her life was over. Her Washington, D.C.-based Radio One has 53 radio stations in 16 urban markets, with projected 2012 revenues of $433 million.

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Tom Perez didn't expect to have any problem finding a job.

Like Perez, many veterans return from service to find themselves unemployed -- sometimes even unemployable.

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Carrie White was one the most celebrated celebrity hair salon owners of the '60s and '70s, having styled the hair of Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Ann-Margret. She also dated Jack Nicholson and was sought after by Hollywood directors, serving as technical director on "Shampoo" and creating Nurse Ratched's infamous hairstyle in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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Myrtle Potter was happy with her career as a health care corporate executive, having served as president and COO at Genentech, president at Bristol-Meyers Squibb and vice president at Merck.

She started two companies to help deal with gaps she saw in health care -- Myrtle Potter & Co., a B2B healthcare company, and Myrtle Potter Media Inc., a company that helps consumers navigate the U.S. health care system.

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Lots of rich men try to help the world's poor, but Paul Polak brings more than money to the table.

Polak says his techniques and products can eventually lift up to 500 million people living on $2 a day out of poverty.

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As Nancy Bush was helping her husband, John, through his 10-month battle with cancer, there was one topic that was off-limits. There was a lot of humor interwoven into the service, and people appreciated that, because they knew that's what he was all about.

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When Alex Elman was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 9, the doctors warned she might lose her eyesight. She went from trading rare and fine wines for her stepfather to starting her own wine import business, Marble Hill Cellars, in 2002.

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James Kosta woke up at 5 a.m. to the sound of someone pounding on his door. Kosta was 14 years old.

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