What Makes A Great Leader?

Written By Dominique Bancey
Many persons have different opinions of what it means to be a leader. Being a great leader, will lead to a successful business, so what makes a great leader?

Transparency. As a leader, you have to strip off that mask you used to wear. If the people you’re leading think that you are hiding things then they won’t trust or believe in you. Therefore, you have to be transparent. The things you say will need to align with the things you do.

Focus. This should be known. As a leader, if you are not focused, then no one else around you will be either and that means that no work would be done. You have to focus on your duties so you can motivate your team to focus on theirs as well.

Confidence. If you aren’t confident in what you’re doing, then why would your team be?

Integrity. Honesty is the best policy. If you focus on being your authentic self and putting that forth for everyone to see, then your team members and company will inherit this key feature.

Inspiration. Something in life has to inspire you to be someone or do something. This inspiration could be small, big, simple or complex, it doesn’t matter. As long as you as a leader find something to inspire you, your team will find something to inspire them as well.

Passion. You have to love what you are doing in order to motivate and inspire others to want to help you to achieve the goals you have set. If you are doing something just to do it then you will tend to have a ‘don’t care’ attitude and you won’t put in much effort or time into ensuring that it is successful.

Being a leader isn’t the easiest job in the world, but it’s not necessarily the hardest either. Many say that leaders are born, not made, what say you?

Until next time.

Combating Serious Illnesses With Bioengineered ‘Sonar’

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Medicine has reached a point where illness fighting microbes can be delivered deep into our bodies to fight the condition and inflammation caused by it. However, where do these microbe-sized warriors go? No one knows. There has been no way of finding out what these micro-agents are doing inside the body or how they are doing it. Until now!

Illumination with Sonar

A research team at the California Institute of Technology published a paper that tackled the lack of images and data in this situation. The experts regenerated the two most common bacteria – E. Coli and Salmonella, and integrated them with nano-sections of gas that act like sound waves underwater and produce ultrasound signals.

When placed inside a living being, these bacteria can be detected by ultrasound and reveal the precise location of microbes, just like sonar bouncing off underwater objects, explains Mikhail Shapiro, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Caltech.

According to Shapiro, there are many examples of genetically modifying a cell to go inside the body and treat the problem. Many companies are now receiving backing from investors to work on reprogrammed bacteria that can be used to detect gut inflammation or a tumor.

Mapping the Microbes

Nobody thought that these microbes could be mapped until the ultrasound, tissue-imaging method, was repurposed for this reason. Though no one thought The Force Awakens and Meet the Parents II were going to be that awful either. You never know how things are going to turn out!

So far, researchers monitored illness-fighting bacteria in the body by reprogramming them to glow in UV images. However, sometimes when microbes are buried deep inside the tissue, they are either blurry or not visible at all. Ultrasound makes it possible to precisely see these microbes as far as a hundred micrometers.

Shapiro and his research team members injected genetically re-engineered bacteria into the belly of mice. The results were far more specific, as compared to glowing bacteria that could only be located in the mouse’s stomach. Ultrasound picked up the precise location of gas-filled pouches in the mouse’s colon.

The researchers used the same experiment to map Salmonella bacteria that could be helpful in delivering cancer-fighting drugs directly to the infected tumor cells. This method can also be used to diagnose other illnesses in a non-invasive way.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Creative and Artist Ravin Lawson

Interview by Abner Jackson III

When did you realize you wanted to become an artist and was there any artist who work influenced you the most?
Art found me at a young age. I have been drawing as long as I can remember and started selling my graffiti sketches to my classmates in 4th grade.

Tell readers about your Mlndsoul and RavinFresh website? How did you come up with the idea to start those websites.
Melanated Soul (MLNDSOUL.com) was created to ‘Consciously engage the dynamic in Black Culture.’ In a world that constantly feeds us negative images, I felt it was necessary to put out positive apparel for our young Kings and Queens to look up to. RavinFresh.com is set to launch in February 2018 and will be another creative outlet for my Art and Apparel.

How long have you been artist for and did you take any specific training to become one?
I have been creating my whole life, however I didn’t take it seriously until college. I have no formal training whatsoever.

What do you feel separates your art from others?
I feel that my life, experiences, multiple talents, and perspective separates me from anyone else.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your field of work?
I’m not sure what my biggest accomplishment is but, hopefully, it is yet to come!

What is your favorite painting and why?
I dont have one specifically, but I love doing my “splash marley” paintings. I would say that’s my signature look right now.

Where do you see your companies at in five years from now?
In five years I see Melanated Soul being a well known clothing brand and my artwork (Freshpaintz) to be in thousands of homes across the world.

How To Clean Your Closet and Make Money with Poshmark and Mercari

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

As the New Year approaches, a lot of us are tempted to re-vamp things in our life that we’ve grown tired of. That may include our beauty routine, our exercise regimen, and even our wardrobe. However, it can be difficult when our wallets are tight, especially right after all of the spending that comes with the holidays.

A great way to make some spare money and to free up space in your closet simulateneously is to use a re-sale app like Poshmark or Mercari. These apps allow you to buy and sell gently-used clothing for great prices. So those high heels you bought for last year’s holiday party and haven’t worn since? Sell ‘em.

A tip for getting the best bang for your buck: While the buyer pays for shipping, you are responsible for extra costs for the shipping materials, etc. If you are planning on selling a lot of items, consider buying silver shipping bags in bulk (Amazon has some great options) so that you aren’t paying so much when you get to the post office.

Pack Your Diabetes Bag While On the Move

Written by Benjamin Roussey

For diabetics, there is a new acronym that is going viral – MSP, or Medical supplies, Sugar helpers, and Paperwork. The MSP is the magic bag of tricks that can quickly address sudden diabetes symptoms. Diabetics are familiar with the utter havoc that may occur due to unexpected blood sugar hikes or dips.

Consider these familiar situations if you are a diabetic: You have a busy day planned, and you suddenly feel acutely dehydrated; you are the life of a party, and the next moment you see yourself teetering towards a low mood; you are power walking your way to an active day at work, and you suddenly feel you are going to faint. These are the typical situations for a diabetic that can ruin an otherwise excellent day.

Well, with just a little bit of extra planning, you can navigate yourself around these annoying symptoms, and manage to get the best out of every day.

An MSP diabetes bag is your customized solution to give diabetes, or at least any unforeseen symptoms, the royal boot. First up are Medical supplies. It includes all sugar-regulating medication such as insulin shots with its props (sterilized needles or insulin pumps), metformin tablets, glucometers with test-strips, and a handy bottle of glucose tablets to immediately address those low-sugar driven faint spells.

Next up is Sugar helpers. A diabetic knows that a sudden burst of activity (or even lack of activity like a nap) can send their blood sugar screaming up, or even down. This is where it helps to have safe, diabetes-friendly treats to quickly disarm any alarm signals. Here, dry-fruit trail mixes, sugarless crackers and protein bars are top recommended snacks to address sudden hunger cravings without jeopardizing your sugar levels.

Lastly, a diabetic must carry a basic amount of Paperwork to help during emergencies. This simply lists out the medication you take (with prescription), a brief on your medical history (covering any allergies) and emergency contacts so in the odd event you do succumb to that fainting spell, the people around you are still equipped to get you immediate care.

As with all good solutions, the success of this simple MSP Diabetes Bag is up to you. With a little bit of awareness, discipline, and your own personal touch to the bag essentials, your MSP bag can be the best armor you need against unexpected diabetes symptoms. So the next time they catch you unawares, don’t panic. Just dip into your MSP bag for life-saving supplies.

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine. We spoke to Genise about her entrepreneurial journey, her journey to reality TV, and the start of her sex trafficking foundation Our Children’s Keeper.  In this issue we also feature R&B Singer VEDO on his musical career  from being on THE VOICE Television show, to his continued journey as a singer and songwriter, Orlando nightlife entrepreneur Tony Khuu, and Becky Davis. We also have our usual business, entrepreneurship and other lifestyle articles in health, fashion,  food and more.

How to Build a Successful Business With a Romantic Partner.

Written by Dominique Bancey

Building a business is extremely difficult, but building one with someone you are romantically involved with, can be even more challenging. If you wish to build a business with a partner, or if you are wondering how they do it, read on.

Celebration. Being business and romantic partners is indeed a challenge, however, neither one of you should forget that if something good happens, there is no harm in celebrating. With each goal that is reached, and each success that is attained, allow yourselves to take a break and celebrate each of these. This will allow the both of you to realize that you are doing a great job at being business partners.

Observation. Though the both of you are focusing on your tasks, take some time out to observe what the other is doing. After observing, compliment them. This will let them know that you realize the hard work they are doing to allow the both of you to succeed as business partners.

Accuracy. Before starting the business, sit down and have a talk. Ensure that the both of you have clear and accurate thoughts as to your strengths and weaknesses, what each of you could contribute to the business as separate individuals.

Agreement. Another thing you have to pay attention, make sure that you both agree as to what exactly you are working towards. Ensure that each of you share the same vision for the company. If one person starts to steer away from that vision, the other can talk to them about it to get them back on track.

Balance. This is one of the most important factors. Create a balance with work and life. Form a middle ground. Discuss what should be talked about at work, separate from at home. This will also inspire your team as they will take note that the both of you are goal-oriented and do not allow your personal lives to get in the way of business.

Many individuals tend to steer far away from building a business with a partner, however, it may not be as difficult as it seems, if you follow these simple tips.

Until next time.

The Stars of 2017: Women Who Had an Amazing Year

Photo from SZA Facebook

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

1. Issa Rae – By now, Issa Rae’s name has become synonymous with self-made; the HBO star built her rapport on YouTube and now has every major studio knocking on her door. The second season of her hit show, Insecure, premiered this summer and has already been renewed for a third season. She’s poised to star in and produce some major productions in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what comes next for her.

2. SZA – Named the best album of 2017 by Time, SZA’s debut album, Ctrl, gave us the platinum-selling hits “The Weekend” and “Love Galore.” She has a tour with Bryson Tiller under her belt this year and has five (yes five!) nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. Looks like this girl is unstoppable!

3. Gal Gadot – Gal Gadot had a unique challenge set out before her when she starred as Wonder Woman. In movie category dominated by alpha-male characters (how many superheroes do we see that are actually women?), she had to not only deliver a performance strong enough to carry a movie with a $100+ million production budget, but she was automatically expected to be a role model for young women. Wonder Woman became the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes and was an international commercial success. Well done, Gal.

4. Rihanna – We all know Rihanna delivers on everything she ventures into but her Fenty Beauty line, which launched this year, was groundbreaking on so many levels. After battling body shamers and naysayers who said that diverse foundation colors don’t sell, she released a 40-shade makeup line at Sephora and sold out almost immediately. It’s estimated that RiRi made $72 million from Fenty Beauty in one month. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.

8 Books That Helped Elon Musk Become a Maverick Billionaire

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is a role model for millions of people worldwide and he did appear in Iron Man II despite that movie being pitiful (the final action scene was about 6 minutes and totally anticlimactic). If you have always aspired to be like him and wanted to achieve even 10 percent of the success he has, you could always start by reading the books that helped shape the revolutionary entrepreneur.

Here are the eight books that Elon Musk thinks helped him become a billionaire.

1. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon

Musk has said that this book is good for those who want to know the basics of structural design. It also provides a lighter explanation about the science behind SpaceX.

2. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

The maverick entrepreneur regards Benjamin Franklin as one of his heroes. The book showed Musk that how in spite of being a runaway kid and having nothing, Franklin still become so successful – as a diplomat, scientist, inventor, author, and entrepreneur.

3. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Albert Einstein’s biography had a marked influence on Musk, especially famous quotes of the theoretical physicist which have a direct bearing on the entrepreneur’s vision for his companies.

4. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Bostrom’s book discusses the challenges that can occur if computational intelligence rises above human intelligence, which is a real concern in today’s world with the advent of artificial intelligence.

5. Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

The book revolves around an argument by two historians who believe that the facts concerning many public health issues have been deliberately muddied by scientists with corporate and political connections. You may want to be careful about this since we know that global warming facts have been altered to suit socialist interests.

6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This is a classic book that talks about greed, competition, and survival. Musk said that the heroes of the books he reads always have a sense of duty to save the planet.

7. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

The book focuses on the necessity of unique thinking among founders of startups. Moreover, it provides an interesting explanation for creating super successful ventures.

8. The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Musk learnt that civilizations move in cycles from this book, something that inspired him to pursue his own radical ambitions.

All these books helped make Musk the man he is today and hopefully they will inspire you too in your professional journey. If you want to read another outstanding book, Taylor Caldwell’s Dear and Glorious Physician is amazing.

How to Make Your Small Online Business Appear Larger Than It Is

Written by Dominique Bancey

When just starting up a business, it tends to be nerve-racking, and for the most part, many will tend to underestimate you due to lack of size or experience. However, you can easily create an illusion to make others believe that your business is larger than it actually is.

1. Try to get your social media following ‘sky high’.

As customers, the first thing they will tend to look for, is how many followers you have on social media. With a growing time in technology, they cannot really help themselves because this is how they find out how many persons are interested in your business and what you have to offer. You may wonder how to gain more followers each day, but the best thing to do is network. Follow persons who have similar businesses, comment under their posts, get the attention of their customers as they just might come check out your page.

2. Create an email address that is specific to your domain.

Having a personalized or customized website domain is one thing, but having an email address that lines up with this domain will make individuals take you more seriously. They will view you as more professional. For example, if your company’s website domain is hairandlashes.com but then your email would be hairandlashes@yahoo.com, instead you should have an email like l.trish@hairandlashes.com.

3. Get A Virtual Office

This would come at a cost to you, however, it would impress customers to stick with you and they would recommend you to their friends or family. Some virtual offices allow you to get a mailing address, local phone number, book conference rooms and access to break rooms or reception areas. Depending on where you are from or the plans you choose, the prices will tend to have a wide range. However, you should do your research to find the one that works best for the type of company you have and type of customers you have as well.

Having a small, online business doesn’t mean that you should stick to being small. Sometimes it pays off to create an illusion.

Until next time.