Las Vegas wasn’t always America’s glitziest playground. In fact, it was established in 1905 by opportunistic entrepreneurs and organized criminals as an escapist haven for federal construction crews building what would eventually become Hoover Dam across the Colorado River. Decades before Nevada’s unfathomably profitable 1931 legalization of casino gambling and a post-World War II tide of Americans letting the good times roll after six years invested in fighting for the future of the free world, Sin City embodied calculated entrepreneurial risk as a shimmering entertainment hub smack in the middle of a sprawling desert. As prime settings for team-building exercises […]

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Anyone can succeed at nearly anything. Someone with no remarkable stock of innate aptitude, intelligence or prodigal talent could one day rise to shift the Earth on its axis as plausibly as an individual with every natural advantageous adaptation for exceptional achievement who amounts to an unremarkable, forgettable existence. We know this to be true, precisely because the length and breadth of all human endeavor has proven it time and again. Success is no lottery of capricious, chaotic luck. Concurrently, failure is not the manifestation of some sadistic, omnipotent overlord who revels in human disappointment and suffering. The former is […]

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Denizens of Los Angeles often bristle when compared to New Yorkers, and vice-versa. Aside from a few generational sour grapes here and there about the Dodgers abandoning Brooklyn for the City of Angeles 60 years ago, it’s usually nothing personal. It’s truer to say that the residents of the east and west coasts’ respective apex cities simply lead starkly disparate lives that cultivate distinctly opposed day-to-day metropolitan rhythms: stereotypically, the no-nonsense perpetual momentum of the Big Apple and the laid-back worldly chill of the City of Angels. You would never assume that from looking closely at each city’s overall trends […]

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