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Are you doing what you love? If not, then quit!

Chris Bryan came to the mountains in Western Montana to follow his life’s work as a U.S. Forest Service ranger. On most summer days you can find this Pennsylvania native roaming the Mystic Lake wilderness southwest of Billings.

He picks up human poop and bags it. He scours campgrounds for wilderness slobs. And he writes tickets to hikers and backpackers who violate the rules. Five days a week Chris hauls a backpack into the rugged backcountry, enduring thunderstorms, shivery mountain nights and no doubt smelly clothes.

And guess what this tall, goateed ranger makes for all his trouble. Roughly $ 15,000 a summer, according to a ranger friend of mine who’s done the work.

Dáil resumes after summer break

The Dáil returns from its summer break today.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

27 tricky homophones

Last weekend, I was browsing in the Cajun food section at the grocery store. Near the shelf with all the mixes was a handwritten sign that said, “You’ll roux the day you don’t use our instant roux mix.”

I love clever wordplay, especially when it’s found in unexpected places. This sign was a play on two homophones. Roux is a mixture of flour and fat that is used to make sauces. Rue means to feel regret or remorse.

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings and are spelled differently. The English language is littered with homophones, and some are more confusing than others. Below are a few examples. (Click on the words for their definitions.)

auger /augur

Liam Neeson reveals Ian Paisley inspired him to act

Hollywood actor and Ballymena native Liam Neeson told Ian Dempsey in an interview this morning on Today FM that former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley was an inspiration to him.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

8 ways to effectively lead entrepreneurial employees

A person doesn’t have to own a business to be an entrepreneur. Many people with an entrepreneurial mind-set wait years to start their own companies. Others never start their own companies.

In the meantime, they work for you. Yet they’re still entrepreneurs at heart.

Remember people with an entrepreneurial mind-set are different from those with a more corporate outlook. So if you want to create an environment where entrepreneurs can operate at their very best, try to manage and lead them appropriately.

Here’s how to manage the entrepreneurs who work for (and with) you:

New Tesco CEO to take up role early to review “all aspects of the group”

Tesco said today that Dave Lewis is to take over as chief executive on 1 September when Philip Clarke steps down from the role.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

6 ways to be a superstar at work

Remarkable employees spend significant time helping others succeed: their companies, employees, customers, vendors, suppliers, etc.

But remarkable employees also help themselves succeed, both for selfish reasons and because their success creates success for others.

Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Do you want to stand out based on go, not show? Here are some great ways: