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What Motivates You? Part I

I heard a phrase a while back that has since stuck with me: “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” When things are going well, it is easy to get up every morning and compete, but what happens when you do not feel good? How are you going to accomplish your daily tasks? How do you avoid hitting the snooze button at 5 a.m. so you can run three miles like you said you would? This is where motivation becomes an important factor. Part of what keeps us going is not only understanding why we do what we do but understanding the motivations behind what we do. Discovering your motivation can help you push through those mental barriers and instill a feeling

The Common Indestructible Thread: The Human Soul

Jyoti Paintel / @jyotipaintel 2020 is starting to be Hell of year already, and I mean that in an almost a literal sense. It has been difficult to watch footage of the complete annihilation of the Australian landscape—due to the bush fires—and not have a heavy heart. But the inherent goodness and compassion of people still have the power to give others hope. It has been inspiring to see emergency rescue teams and even ordinary civilians risking their lives to save animals. It rouses the heart to see that emergency units are working around the clock in shifts to care for all the injured: humans and animals alike. The Irwins, the surviving family of the much-loved Australian animal personality

Nebbiolo & Blindly Traveling the Italian Countryside

Cezar Kusik / @cezartastesearth I went on my first wine trip to Italy in the mid-2000s. I visited the country before, but it was not wine-related. I had just landed a prestigious job as a wine director at Rubicon Restaurant in San Francisco, and with it came abundant opportunities for wine travel. A friend of mine from Seattle, Maggie Hoyle, recently moved to the small town of Como in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy with its fashion- and opera-famed capital city, Milan. Como, Como, Como... I kept thinking. It rang a bell. “You can stay with us. We have a small guest room”, Maggie offered, and I accepted. I picked the middle of May for my trip, the best time to visit Northern Italy ac

The Billionaire's Club

By Bill Smith / bill@pololifestyles.com Every trade has its go-to publication. If entertainment happens to be your bailiwick, The Hollywood Reporter holds its own since inception in 1930. If business is your game, perhaps it is Forbes or, after reading this month’s column, the wisdom of Bloomberg Businessweek (the man himself figures prominently below). In philanthropy, our go-to is the monthly publication The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  It covers the ins-and-outs of the philanthropic world and once a year, for the past two decades, the Chronicle compiles the Philanthropy 50. This annual list of the heavy hitters in philanthropy differs this year in one very important way — for the first tim

The FUTURE of Retail

Tucked away half a block from a busy intersection on the U.S.’ East Coast is an approximately 10’x14’ storage unit filled to bursting capacity with a near-global marketplace of items purchased from over 20 years of globe-trotting travel. Artisan creations and authentic pieces that double as décor and souvenirs have always been a big draw to me when visiting somewhere new. I am known to ask the driver to pull over on the side of the road to talk and barter with merchants and vendors. I have bought a new pestel and mortar for a cook in exchange for her decades old, smoothed and deconstructed one, cast-off into a corner to collect dust. I have decorative rice scoops from Liberia and waxed fabri

Christopher John Rogers Inspired Runway

It’s 5:00pm on a particularly dreary Saturday in New York, but you wouldn’t know that from the energy buzzing in Gallery I at TriBeCa’s Spring Studios. Christopher John Rogers, the 26-year-old designer who just won the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in November, starts his Fall/Winter 2020 ready-to-wear show in a half hour or so, and there’s a palpable sense of anticipation for what we’re all about to witness. After all, with the recent departure of big-name designers like Jeremy Scott, Telfar, and Pyer Moss from the CFDA New York Fashion Week calendar, Rogers has easily risen to the top of the heap as one of the most anticipated shows of the season. I speak to Rogers backstage af

NYFW F/W 2020 Designers Showcase Futuristic Inspiration

Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs never fails to cap off New York Fashion Week with a bang, and this collection was no exception. The show at the Park Avenue Armory began with a performance from dancer and choreographer Karole Armitage, which ushered in a crew of dancers in Marc-designed bras and hot pants or skirt sets. Then Jacobs went back to basics, literally. A collection more evocative of old school Marc—mod clothing like simple A-line coats and mini shift dresses—walked the runway. Miley Cyrus joined the ranks later on in the show with a simple black bra and trouser, and there were displays of statement dressing inspired by American fashion icons, like Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, who was inter

The FUTURE of Service isn't as Simple as Either AI or Human

Automation and artificial intelligence are transforming the customer service industry and raising difficult questions about the role that humans will play in the workplace of the future. For years, pundits have been largely relegated to one of two camps: mass unemployment predictors and budget-minded capitalists. But recently, more and more thought leaders have shifted into a third camp, which argues that the future of customer service and business in general will be rooted in AI-human collaboration. Shared Intelligence Today’s customer service leaders are divided about how best to integrate AI into their organizations. However, there is one thing that I think we can all agree on: When imple

The Smartphone's FUTURE is Banal Utility

Arek Wylegalski, who invests in technology for a living, doesn’t know what version iPhone he owns. He’s not sure if it has FaceID, but he thinks it might. He’s a partner at the tech investment firm FirstMinute Capital. When we met in August in San Francisco at a startup pitch fest, it looked like an iPhone 7 or 8 to me. Its screen had cracked. As most of the world arrives at a smartphone-saturated future, the United States’ Silicon Valley is neck-deep in a backlash against it. Perhaps more than anyone else, those who work in technology are doing their best to back off in their personal lives. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted in March that he uses his phone a bit more than 6 hours a day to sim

The FUTURE of Travel, Unplugged

As we enter a new decade, Tom Marchant, co-founder of the bespoke luxury travel company, Black Tomato, shared his insight on the technology trends that will be shaping global travel experiences of tomorrow. Black Tomato, in partnership with Euromonitor International research, recognizes that the definition of luxury is evolving, and the experience is becoming ubiquitous, something consumers are becoming increasingly de-sensitized to. Their report, instead, charters a deeper course, where experience is synonymous with “personal fulfillment”, and creating lasting change is seen as the new currency for the luxury travel market. Tech disconnect and detox Travelers are embracing JOMO (the joy of

The FUTURE of Flight

It’s a bird; it’s a plane, it’s … Dubai’s Jetman. The Crown Prince of Dubai Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shared a video to his Instagram account showing the first autonomous human flight in the city via a vertical takeoff. “A major milestone in the quest to achieve 100% autonomous human flight. Well done boys,” the sheik captioned the post. The video shows Jetman stuntman Vince Reffet, outfitted with a carbon fiber wing powered by four mini jet engines, taking off like Super Man over Jumeirah Beach Residence. The latest mission was the first time the pilots have taken off vertically. Typically, as in the last Jetman mission—over China’s Tianmen Mountains—the Jetmen must ju

The FUTURE of Protecting Yourself, Your Family, Your Business and Your Event

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud platforms, combined with more cost-effective Artificial Intelligence (AI) engines, are paving the way for a new generation of indoor gunshot detection. Statistically, the probability of an active shooter event occurring at any given location is low. But being prepared for such a horrific event requires a large number of resources — especially for the commercial venues that are often the site of such attacks. Although somewhat rare, the fear persists. A 2019 survey by Securitas asked top security decision-makers representing a wide range of workplaces, including schools, offices, retail spaces, places of worship, manufacturing facilities and utilities, w

The FUTURE of Foie Gras, Fur and Exotic Skins

As states crack down on the sale of their favorite products, customers will have to either give them up or get creative. At LAX recently, the chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant was detained for trying to bring in some unusual cargo: 40 frozen piranhas. In a duffel bag, no less. Virgilio Martínez, whose restaurant, Central, in Lima, Peru, is ranked among the world’s best, claimed to be unfamiliar with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection list of restricted species. And who can blame him? The number of prohibited imports is so vast—from sublime delicacies like poulet de Bresse, widely considered the Rolls-Royce of chicken to the ridiculous, such as Kinder Surprise Eggs—that it is easier t

The FUTURE of the World is in the Hands of Instagram "Influencers"

What do you do if award-winning journalist Tina Brown invites you to a dinner full of finance leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos—on the night of your birthday, no less? When it happened this week to Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer of the powerhouse entertainment agency Endeavor, she posted on Instagram: “Hold up. This gathering requires a lewwwk. Lemme slay in my @cushnie…. power suit.” And there she was in her blue velvet glory, standing on the plinth of a statue in a snowdrift, in a series of photos and videos that also showed her hobnobbing with power players from Credit Suisse and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In the influencer algorithm of style x loc

Urban Polo: Is this the FUTURE of Polo?

Urban Polo, once the bane of polo purists and traditional tournament organizers, keeps finding its way into conversations from West Palm to West Africa. Other celebrated variations of polo – Snow, Beach and Arena – haven’t suffered from the initial nose-snubbing and eye-rolling casualness with which Urban Polo was written off. But it can’t be written off, and all around the world, particularly in Australia and Singapore, Urban Polo is almost the new norm, if not the fans’ favorite. Australia’s five-week, five-city Urban Polo series was met with such resistance in 2005 that one critic likened the concept of bringing 60 horses into Sydney’s Centennial Park as “pie in the sky,” according to Urb

Gracida Wine on top at WPL

WELLINGTON, Fla. - Gracida Wine rallied in the final chukker to win the $100,000 World Cup Saturday at windswept Jan Pamela. In front of a good crowd, Gracida Wine (Carlitos Gracida 4, Juan Monteverde 5, Peco Polledo 6, Sterling Giannico 4) defeated Dundas Polo (Santos Merlos 2, Isidro Strada 7, Salvador Lockey 2, Jejo Taranco 8), 12-7. The lead changed hands six times in the rainy and windy conditions, with the teams battling to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first chukker. Gracida Wine then pulled ahead 3-2 on Gracida’s 60-yard penalty conversion and pulled away 5-2 on another Gracida penalty conversion before settling for a 5-3 halftime lead. Dundas Polo started reeling them in late in the f

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