5 Secrets to Success in Business

Business is hard, but if you put in the work and keep a positive mindset you will succeed. R.L. Adams Published 9:00 am, Friday, December 22, 2017 Photo: Hero Images | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Hero Images | Getty Images 5 Secrets to Success in Business 1 / 1 Back to Gallery I often wonder what the secret to success is. Especially when it comes to business. Because, at the end of the day, we're all in this struggle. A rat race, if you will. Constantly fighting an uphill battle. Often, we feel frustrated. Sometimes, defeated. But, what if I told you that the secrets to success in business aren't as complicated as many make them out to be? Okay, coming from me, those words might not have the same impact. But, what if I told you that this information comes directly from two of the best salespeople on the planet? As a student of self-improvement, I've followed many of the world's most sought-after purveyors of success. Anthony Robbins, for one. He's definitely my hero. But, so is Zig Ziglar. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Beautiful Yosemite sfgate Randy+Bennett+discusses+St.+Mary%E2%80%99s+rout+of+LMU+in+the+WCC+opener. SFGate A cannabis shopping checklist sfgate 83 Mexican free-tailed bats rescued in Menlo Park sfgate Duckie the puppy practices walking sfgate Duckie the puppy plays tug-of-war to learn to walk sfgate Duckie the Swimmer's Syndrome puppy sfgate Package thief unwittingly steals box of cat litter sfgate Justin Reid on Eric Reid SFGate San Francisco's Cafe X, the first robotic barista sfgate If the name Zig Ziglar doesn't ring a bell, then you Continue Reading

Music producer L.A. Reid has helped the careers of Usher, Bieber and many more — but laments missing out on one artist

He discovered so many top-tier music talents — Usher, TLC and Outkast, to name a few — it's almost hard to believe. He was instrumental in the careers of Sean "Puffy" Combs, Kanye West and Justin Bieber. He orchestrated the revival of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. Over four decades in the music business, L.A. Reid has crafted a resume few can touch. But his inimitable eye for talent wasn't always spot on. There were also a handful of massive missteps, most notably, his decision to drop Stefani Germanotta from his label before she became the mega star known to the world as Lady Gaga. In his soon-to-drop memoir, "Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who's Next," Reid chronicles his hits and misses, his highs and lows, offering a window into the career of one of the most successful music executives in history. Along the way, he reveals some off-the-record conversations, such as the night on St. Bart's when Jay Z told Usher he was disappointed in him. It was an intimate party at Reid's place, just Beyonce, Jay Z and Usher, the men drinking and smoking weed till dawn. Beyonce and Jay Z were just coming off the hit singles "Single Ladies" and "Empire State of Mind." "You know, I'm a little bit disappointed in you," Jay Z told Usher. "Because you are one of our greats. You are supposed to be right now where Beyonce and I are. Why isn't that happening?" Usher shrugged and said it was because he didn't have "my guy," meaning Reid. Jay Z wasn't having it. "He's sitting right here ... LA was the reason my album ("The Blueprint 3") was so big. I don't know him nearly as well as you do, so if he can help me, he can help you." It was Jay Z who brought Rihanna, the then-17-year-old beauty from Barbados, in for an audition when she sang "Pon de Replay." "Don't let her leave the building," Reid told Jay Z. Rihanna signed, but Reid threw Continue Reading

Boss’ daughter Jessica Rae Springsteen among top equestrians to compete for $1M prize at L.A. event

Bruce was born to run. Jessica Rae Springsteen was born to ride. Springsteen, along with Tom Selleck’s daughter Hannah and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina, are among the top equestrians at this weekend’s Longines Los Angeles Masters at the L.A. Convention Center. At stake is a $1 million prize none of them really needs, but what the hay? “I have always wanted to show over here in Los Angeles — the town I was born in,” said the 22-year-old Springsteen with Bruce and mom Patti Scialfa. Her father, of course, is the Garden State’s favorite son. Springsteen says she’d like to see horse sports become more popular all across America. “In Europe we get a lot of attention and we are trying to build that here in the States,” she told [email protected] Selleck said riding horses is a family affair for her. “My dad has ridden Western and mainly for the movies and my mom rode a bit when I started,” the 25-year-old rider told us. “I did many activities and my parents encouraged me to do everything, and riding horses was the one that stuck.” BEN'S 'GONE' CRAZY FOR FINCHER'S STYLE Ben Affleck admitted that he’s very picky about taking acting roles now but he would have done “the phone book” with director David Fincher. The Oscar winner walked the red carpet for his movie “Gone Girl” that opened the New York Film Festival on Friday night and told reporters that he learned a lot from “The Social Network” director. “You come up against resistance in any job you have, ‘you can’t do that, don’t go too far, don’t demand that stuff … The truth is David just doesn’t give a f---. He’s like, ‘No this is what we’re doing. It turns out if you insist in what you want enough it can happen.” “It Continue Reading

Impending fatherhood for Simon Cowell stirs fears he may pull back from ‘X Factor’ role

With a baby on the way, Simon Cowell is suddenly Fox’s “X Factor.” A friend of Cowell exclusively tells The News’ TV Editor Don Kaplan that the bicoastal Cowell hopes to bounce between New York and London once his son is born — which could leave Los Angeles and the U.S. version of “X Factor” filmed there in the cold. “The U.S. producers want Simon back in the U.S. or to have him fly between the two countries, and Fox will almost certainly want the same,” says our source. “He loves Los Angeles, but his priority has changed dramatically for the first time in years. Put simply, he’s going to be a dad for the first time.” Cowell, who put his Beverly Hills home on the market last fall, has two good reasons to cut L.A. out of the mix: money and family. “The decision for him to go back to the U.K. show was basically made last year when [British broadcaster] ITV made a $250 million deal for the TV show with Cowell’s company Syco,” says our insider. “ITV made it crystal clear they wanted him on board because the British show suffered without him.” The 54-year-old British TV mogul will likely make New York his second home after his son is born right around Valentine’s Day. Cowell’s baby mama, Lauren Silverman, 36, has to stay in the Big Apple, where she and her ex-husband Andrew share joint custody of their 8-year-old son, who goes to school in Riverdale. “A nursery has been built in Cowell’s London home in preparation for this year, and his Range Rover has been taken to New York where Lauren lives,” says our source. While it isn’t a given that the U.S. version of “X Factor” will close shop without Cowell, his absence would be a serious blow to a show that ended last season with 31/2 million fewer viewers than it had at the end of the previous season. “ ‘X Factor’ producers are Continue Reading

Simon Cowell says putting ‘The Voice’ and ‘The X-Factor’ head-to-head ‘cynical, heartless and unprofessional’

“The X-Factors’” Simon Cowell is voicing his dissatisfaction with his show’s nemesis, “The Voice.” The two singing competition shows will go head-to-head next Wednesday after NBC added a third night for “The Voice’s” premiere. The reality singing competition will be airing the first episodes of its third season next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm. Fox's "The X Factor," meanwhile, premieres during the same slot on Wednesday. Fans of both shows will have a tough decision to make. But not everyone is looking forward to a little friendly competition. "This is a cynical, cold-hearted, unprofessional way of doing business," Cowell told TMZ. The angry Brit went on to say that the two networks had previously had an "unspoken gentlemen's agreement" to not overlap airtime, and that the network was clearly "playing political games and playing with the audience." "The X Factor" fired judge Paula Abdul this year, and replaced her with Britney Spears, the 90s singing diva rival of "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera. Spears will join Cowell, pop star Demi Lovato, and record exec L.A. Reid on the new-look judge's panel. Lewis Jacobs/Lewis Jacobs/NBC “The Voice” lineup includes Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — and they’re bringing it to rival “The X-Factor” Wednesday night! The plan, says Cowell is to fire up competition between Spears and Aguilera. Meanwhile, “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett says, "I'm just glad we're on Simon's mind." Cowell said that NBC’s scheduling maneuver was intended to stoke direct competition between Spears and Aguilera. "Britney's not going to appreciate the fact that Christina isn't allowing Britney to have a night of her own," Cowell told the gossip site. The braintrust behind "The Voice," however, have a different take. Producer Mark Burnett claims that "The X Factor" had didn’t Continue Reading

Plenty of ‘love’ around after Simon Cowell fires Paula Abdul and 2 others from ‘X Factor’

Simon Cowell loves Paula, Paula Abdul loves Simon, Fox loves Paula — yet despite the lovefest, Abdul is out of a job on “The X Factor.” The day after being shown the door at Cowell’s singing competition — along with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones — Abdul and Cowell professed admiration for each other. “I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions oftentimes override personal considerations,” she said. “Simon and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation. “Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine, and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle,” said Abdul. She said she wanted nothing more than for the show to succeed. Cowell praised all three in a statement, noting that Abdul was “a very close friend.” “I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future,” Cowell said. Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, also said the network loved Abdul. “She is a remarkable talent and we appreciate all of her contributions. We’re lucky that she is a part of the Fox family, and we look forward to working with her again soon.” The mass firing came as Cowell sets up to retool the talent show for next season. Another judge, L.A. Reid, is still with the show. In its first season on Fox, the show averaged 12.5 million viewers, a respectable crowd, but far lower than Cowell or anyone in the business expected. The reteaming of Cowell and Abdul was predicted to bring back some of the ratings magic they had on “American Idol.” That, however, never materialized. At first the speculation was that Jones, largely lambasted through the season, would go. Then Scherzinger was the Continue Reading

Mariah Carey could be back working with ‘X Factor’s’ L.A. Reid, despite her new ‘American Idol’ gig: source

MARIAH CAREY could be working with the enemy soon. Sources close to the new “American Idol” judge say that after Carey releases her new album later this year with Universal she’s “more than seriously considering” returning to working with “X-Factor” judge L.A. Reid, who is now at Sony. Reid, formerly CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, is widely given credit for reviving Carey’s career in 2005. He joined Sony in July 2011 and is now chairman and CEO of its Epic label. The record exec and the singer remain close friends, and one source even says Reid was instrumental in Carey’s joining “Idol.” And another “Idol” judge, Randy Jackson — who also serves as Carey’s manager — wants her to work again with Reid. Jackson thinks “L.A. is the right guy for Mariah,” says the source. A spokeswoman for Carey says “Mariah is still happily under contract with Island Def Jam” and that “she just wrapped the video for ‘Triumphant (Get ’Em),’ the first single from her upcoming album.” WOODY HARRELSON was the one rescuing Ryan Gosling on Friday night. A source at Harrelson’s new play, “Bullet for Adolf” at New World Stages, said the “Hunger Games” star saved the famously heroic Gosling from a group of “overexcited female fans” who started to corner the studly star during intermission in the front of the house. Harrelson “stepped in and played bodyguard,” the source said, adding that Woody was “super nice about it, but made it clear that people needed to back up” from the hunky Canadian actor, who was there checking out his pal’s Off-Broadway play. Gosling, you might recall, saved a woman from being hit by a cab on Sixth Ave. this past spring. Other stars who have been spotted at the production (but didn’t require protection from Harrelson) in the past week include Continue Reading

Paula Abdul felt ‘used’ after being fired by Simon Cowell from ‘X Factor,’ say sources

Straight up, Paula Abdul was furious about Simon Cowell ’s decision to ax her from “The X Factor.” Two sources used the same term to describe the singer/dancer’s reaction to learning she would not be back for a second season: “used.” While Cowell and fellow “X Factor” judge Antonio (L.A.) Reid participated in a conference call Wednesday to discuss the future of the Fox show (see The Daily News TV section, pg. 80, for the full story), sources close to Abdul revealed her anger about being relegated to the past. A source who worked with Abdul on “X Factor” says “Paula went ballistic when she found out she wasn’t back” and “told Simon that she felt used.” The insider says she “screamed” at Cowell and the producers. “She didn’t take the news lightly at all.” After reports broke last month that Abdul had been cut from the “X Factor” team, she released a canned statement that belied her ire. “Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to ‘The X Factor’ next season,” her statement read. “I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions oftentimes override personal considerations.” Abdul added that “The X-Factor” team had been “communicating about this for a while now” and that she had “absolute understanding of the situation.” Behind the scenes, our source says, “Paula’s [handlers were] working overtime to control her and begged her to release the statement rather than rant and rave on Twitter and online like she wanted.” Abdul, says the source, finally relented after “an incredible amount of persuasion from her team.” The insider says Cowell, who bickered constantly with Abdul when they co-starred as judges on “American Idol,” hired the pint-size former pop star Continue Reading

Amber Rose nude scandal: Model spent days crying after explicit photo leak cost her a business deal

Amber Rose's nude photo scandal has caused her to spend the last few days in tears. The model was distraught after someone she "trusted" leaked explicit pictures of her online – even though she knew the intimate snapshots might one day be shared with the masses. The X-rated photos, which show Rose fully-nude and touching herself, were used in a MediaTakeOut.com story earlier this week that claimed she had sexted the images to Nicki Minaj's boyfriend. Both Rose, 28, and Minaj, 26, denied the report was true. The singer remains happily dating her boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, while Rose is still in a relationship with rapper Wiz Khalifa. THE MOST INFAMOUS CELEBRITY SEX SCANDALS IN HOLLYWOOD But even a false story can cause significant damage. "The company that I was working with no longer wants to work with me because of these pics and that prevents me from getting money to take care of my family," Rose complained on Twitter Wednesday. Rose, who later clarified that she wasn't dropped by her modeling agency, explained that the pictures were more than two years old and had been "just sitting in my computer." "I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times," the beauty said. "I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately." Rose (l.) was accused of sexing Minaj's boyfriend, Safaree Samuels. (Denise Truscello, Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage) And Rose admitted she knew the pictures, unfortunately, would eventually make their way onto the web. "Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now," she said. "We tried to prepare ourselves for this day." As it turned out, nothing could prepare Rose for the pain she's felt since the leak actually happened on Tuesday. "I'm really hurt & embarrassed because I have so many young girls that look up to me," she tweeted. "I know I'm not the only girl in the world that has Continue Reading

Charlie Sheen’s tryst with Capri Anderson isn’t the only naughty business taking place in NYC hotels

Charlie Sheen's sexcapade with a naked porn star in The Plaza hotel shone a light on the naughty hookups that go on every night in some of New York City's premier hotels. Not only do some key hotel staffers look the other way on paid sex, they make some of the encounters happen, one ex-booker told the Daily News. "The girls establish a relationship with a bartender, a manager or the concierge," the insider said. If an out-of-town guest wants a paid "date" with a girl, the staffer gives her a call. "They get a commission, a kickback." The "Two and a Half Men" star reportedly had an arranged date with porn star Capri Anderson at the Plaza's Oak Bar even as his two young daughters slept in the kid-friendly Eloise suite. A Plaza spokeswoman was shocked, shocked that hookers ever plied their trade there, telling The News, "We do not comment on our guests." Okay, okay, but the former booker says if you've ever walked through any high-end Manhattan hotel, you probably went right past these pretty young women in the lounge. "My girls would wear Chanel, maybe a little black dress," said former madam Kristen Davis, who's traded in supervising working girls for running for governor. "They were very elegant. A lot of guys who stay at the hotels go down to the bar and they'll have a few drinks with a pretty girl. At some point, she hits him with a price. It's an impulse buy." One cognoscente on all things incognito told me the young women will "hang out in the hotel bars of the Four Seasons, the W Hotel, The London and other hotels trying to hook a guy." Most paid sex dates don't just happen, though. They are arranged by escort services with fancy names and websites featuring pouting, nearly naked women. Escort services provide more bookings and safety - in return for 30% to 50% of the fee. Sheen is not the only movie star who has used escort agencies. Pros who shared names with me listed famous actors, comedians, hip-hop moguls, baseball players, hockey Continue Reading