Hobbies of Successful People

(This is a dated article, but still gives one an idea of what successful people do to unwind)

Whether they’re hitting the campaign trail or overseeing multibillion-dollar empires, even the world’s hardest-working and wealthiest people need time out of the spotlight to recuperate from a long day of work. Click through for a glimpse at some of the hobbies of your favorite celebrities today.

Hillary Clinton — Mystery Novels

A May 2016 NYMag article revealed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys mystery novels, notably those written by female authors and including female protagonists. Talk about female empowerment. She and Bill also enjoy watching TV shows like “House of Cards,” “Madam Secretary” and “The Good Wife.”

Donald Trump — Golfing

It’s no secret that Clinton rival and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump loves golf. He’s frequently photographed golfing, he’s mentioned it on the campaign trail and, oh yeah, he actually owns golf courses around the world.

Warren Buffett — Bridge

Warren Buffett loves to play bridge. He discussed his hobby on CNN Money and said that more than 95 percent of his bridge games have taken place online over the last 15 years. But that doesn’t stop the billionaire from playing in-person. In 2007, he was filmed playing bridge with Bill Gates at an annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting.

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO has a net worth of $64.9 billion, which is a measure of assets versus liabilities, reported Forbes. Ranking No. 3 in the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in America, Buffett is a world-renowned investor known for his down-to-earth personality and money know-how.

Meryl Streep — Knitting

Famed actress Meryl Streep, known for films like “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Iron Lady” and “Mamma Mia!,” has simple tastes. She enjoys knitting, according to numerous interviews with the star. In a 2014 interview on “Blank on Blank,” a PBS series, the Academy Award-winning actress said she even once found an old knitting bag, which had an unfinished sweater for an ex-boyfriend.

However, knitting is not her only hobby. An interview with The Talks revealed Streep does most of her own cooking, though she had someone cook meals for her and her family when her children were younger.

The actress lives a rather frugal life, she told TheRecord.com in March 2015. “I live a very unspectacular life,” she said. “I love to sit on my chair in the living room and knit. Or I cook or read a book. I’m a very frugal person.”

Iggy Azalea — Horseback Riding

Rapper Iggy Azalea has been photographed over the years riding horseback, and she also revealed her hobby in a video she made for “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” The singer even owns her own horse and was photographed riding it earlier this year.

Larry Ellison — Sailing

Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle, has a $49 billion fortune, according to Forbes. His hobby of choice is sailing — and he’s really good at it. In 2013, he and his team won the America’s Cup yacht race for the second time in a row.

“It’s funny, because I realized after losing twice that my personality wouldn’t allow me to quit while losing,” he told Business Insider in 2014. “And then after winning the America’s Cup, I discovered my personality doesn’t allow me to quit while winning.”

Arianna Huffington — Sleeping

Hobbies don’t have to be complex or extreme, as proven by Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington. In a December 2010 Ted Talk, she said, “I learned the hard way the value of sleep.” She fell asleep at her desk, she explained, and broke her chin. In her talk, she said that there is a culture of one-upmanship when it comes to how busy we can be and how little sleep we get.

Taylor Swift — Baking

Multi-Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has done more in her young life than most people could dream of doing in a lifetime. But off-camera, she has a rather “normal” hobby: baking. On her Instagram, Swift likes to share pictures of her latest baked sweets, like her chai sugar cookies with cinnamon eggnog icing.

Richard Branson — Kitesurfing

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has been photographed on numerous occasions kitesurfing, such as when he’s at home on Necker Island, his private island in the Caribbean. The famed entrepreneur has a host of other interests such as swimming and flying hot air balloons.

Bill Wyman — Metal Detecting

Bill Wyman, former bassist of the Rolling Stones, must surely have one of the oddest hobbies out there: metal detecting. “Metal detecting is not just for anoraks or eccentrics; it’s probably the best and most enjoyable way of learning about our history,” said Wyman in a press release announcing the Bill Wyman Signature Detector.

Simon Cowell — Watching Cartoons

The famed reality TV judge takes enjoyment in simpler things, like cartoons. Simon Cowell told GQ magazine he watches cartoons each morning, like “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons.”

Vin Diesel — Dungeons & Dragons

Vin Diesel, the actor known for “The Fast and Furious” franchise, likes to play the tabletop, role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons in his spare time. On his 48th birthday, Diesel even celebrated with a cake designed as Dungeons & Dragons rule books.

Elon Musk — His Job

Justine Musk, ex-wife of Elon Musk, told the New York Times in 2015 that work is Elon’s hobby. But take a minute to look at what he does, and maybe it won’t be so difficult to understand why: Elon co-founded Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Angelina Jolie — Collecting Daggers

Angelina Jolie’s hobby is collecting daggers. She told W Magazine in 2008 that her mom took her to buy her first daggers when she was 11 or 12.

Steve Wozniak — Segway Polo

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has an unusual hobby: Segway polo, which is exactly what it sounds like. He loves the sport so much he participated in the 2009 championships, reported Business Insider.

Mark Cuban — Basketball

Here’s another billionaire who turned his hobby into a job. Before buying the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, “Shark Tank” veteran Mark Cuban was a dedicated basketball fan. Nowadays, you can find the “Shark Tank” business mogul cheering — and shouting — on the court.

Oprah Winfrey — Taking a Bath

Oprah Winfrey, billionaire media proprietor and former talk show host, said that bathing is her hobby. On Oprah.com, she even blogged about a hand-carved onyx bathtub by stonecutters in Italy. She eventually got rid of the tub during a redesign of her bathroom.

Photo credit: JStone, Stuart Isett/Fortune Most Powerful Women, JStone / Shutterstock, Flickr, Shutterstock

Article by Stella Osoba Oct 14, 2016

Michael Galvis contributed to the reporting for this article.

Life Hacks From Warren Buffett That Anyone Can Use

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You don’t get to be one of the richest people in the world without knowing something the rest of us don’t. Often referred to as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett has a net worth of $102.2 billion, according to Forbes.

1. Decide That You’re Going To Be Rich

In order to be rich, you have to believe that one day you will be. According to the Huffington Post, Buffett once reportedly said, “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”

For best results, set high expectations for yourself and work toward your goals and aspirations.

“Then, make it clear to yourself, your family and friends that you have a commitment to become financially independent,” said Randall “Dolph” Janis, an insurance agent at Clear Income Strategies Group. “Create your future with a plan, knowing when to get aggressive against knowing when to be conservative.”

2. Start Saving at a Young Age

By age 15, Warren Buffett had earned $2,000 delivering papers and selling magazine subscriptions, according to CNBC. He used $1,200 of his earnings to invest in a farm, forming a profit-sharing agreement with the farmer.

The lesson? “Start saving money as early as possible, so that you get into the habit,” said Brittney Castro, founder and CEO of Financially Wise Women.

This is important whether you’re saving to invest in a business or buy your first house.

 3. Reinvest Your Profits

When Buffett was in high school, he and a friend bought a pinball machine. According to Biography, the pair put it in a barbershop and quickly earned enough to buy more machines and install them in other shops. The friends eventually sold all the machines for a profit of $1,200.

If you want your fortune to grow, the best thing you can do is keep reinvesting it in your business. Of course, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, but don’t spend it all in one place.

4. Graduate College Early

Because of Buffett’s sharp mind for business, it’s no surprise that he managed to finish college in three years — two at the Wharton School of Business and one at the University of Nebraska, according to the book “Icons of Business.” Although college costs weren’t nearly as high in Buffett’s day as they are today, it’s likely that he saved money by completing his education in three years instead of four.

Today’s college students can save by following his lead.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the College Board estimated that the average cost of tuition at a private college was $33,480. If you attended a state school as a resident, you spent $9,650 per year. However, graduating early could save you even more when you factor in the cost of student loan interest paid out over the next 25 years.

5. Bounce Back From Rejection

Ironically, Harvard Business School rejected Buffett after his interview. But instead of sulking, he headed to Columbia and met Benjamin Graham. Graham is a legend in the investment industry, and he became Buffett’s mentor. Much of Buffett’s incredible investing success could arguably be credited to Graham and the lessons he taught him.

“Turned down? Who cares, keep going, it happens all the time,” said Tom Scuccimarra, national sales manager at M&O Marketing. “You can’t take it personally, and you can’t let it push you off course of your dreams.”

Even if you get rejected from a school or job opportunity, it’s important to keep moving forward. If Buffett had quit after Harvard dismissed him, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

[This are just the tip of the tips. Click on the link for 16 more tips]

Article by Ashley Redmond for GOBankingRates

Source: 21 Life Hacks From Warren Buffett That Anyone Can Use (msn.com)

10 Plants You Can Winter Indoors

Slide 1 of 11: Plenty of gardeners place their houseplants outdoors for the summer and enjoy them indoors the rest of the year. So why not try a similar strategy—and save a little money while you’re at it—by bringing your favorite cold tender plants inside when the temperature drops so they’ll be ready to shine again when summer rolls around?  Before you bring your outdoor plants in for the winter, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation. Start by inspecting them for pests and treating, if necessary. Repot if a plant needs it, and cut down on (or eliminate) fertilizing. Some plants can simply be brought indoors as houseplants, others should be forced into dormancy for a few months of cool storage, and still others are best kept going by making rooted cuttings. Read on to learn about 10 popular cold tender plants that you can bring inside each winter and then continue to enjoy outside for many summers to come.

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Why Throw Out Healthy Plants?

Plenty of gardeners place their houseplants outdoors for the summer and enjoy them indoors the rest of the year. So why not try a similar strategy—and save a little money while you’re at it—by bringing your favorite cold tender plants inside when the temperature drops so they’ll be ready to shine again when summer rolls around?

Before you bring your outdoor plants in for the winter, you’ll need to do a bit of preparation. Start by inspecting them for pests and treating, if necessary. Repot if a plant needs it, and cut down on (or eliminate) fertilizing. Some plants can simply be brought indoors as houseplants, others should be forced into dormancy for a few months of cool storage, and still others are best kept going by making rooted cuttings. Read on to learn about 10 popular cold tender plants that you can bring inside each winter and then continue to enjoy outside for many summers to come.

Palms

While some palm trees are hardy in the winters of the Deep South, most palms should be overwintered inside. Do not leave them exposed to freezing weather. When overnight temperatures drop to the 50s, move palms to an indoor location that gets lots of light. Water them regularly to keep the soil moist until spring, and carry them back outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

Cacti

Leave cacti and succulents outdoors as late into the season as possible so that the combination of shorter days and cooler nights will stimulate a dormancy response. You’ll need to keep an eye on the thermometer and know the low temperature threshold for your particular type of cactus. Some species may be able to withstand 20-degree temperatures, but others cannot. In general, cacti do best in a cool, even unheated, bright location with minimal water. Transition them back outside in early spring.

Slide 5 of 11: Move tropical hibiscus plants indoors when overnight temperatures reach the low 50s. Place them in a brightly lit room, and treat them like regular houseplants. Keep the soil moist but not saturated, and feed them regularly. Try to avoid heat vents and cold drafts, and put the plants on a pebble tray to boost the ambient humidity, if necessary. Prune tropical hibiscus three times during late fall and winter (October, December, and February) to maintain the shape. Related: The Best Fertilizers for Hibiscus Plants

Tropical Hibiscus

Move tropical hibiscus plants indoors when overnight temperatures reach the low 50s. Place them in a brightly lit room, and treat them like regular houseplants. Keep the soil moist but not saturated, and feed them regularly. Try to avoid heat vents and cold drafts, and put the plants on a pebble tray to boost the ambient humidity, if necessary. Prune tropical hibiscus three times during late fall and winter (October, December, and February) to maintain the shape.

Click on the link below to see 7 more plants.

Article by Mark Wolfe for bobvila©

Source: 10 Plants You Can Winter Indoors (msn.com)

13 Nontoxic Alternatives to Poinsettias

Are you afraid to keep poinsettias around your home during the holidays? I understand the feeling. I have pets that I worry about ingesting the leaves.

Fortunately, poinsettias aren’t nearly as dangerous as once thought. However, they do produce a sap that can cause irritation to your pet if consumed.

Rather than dealing with an unnecessary vet bill, I opted to use other houseplants around my home during the holiday season.

If you’re looking for some non-poisonous alternatives to the poinsettia, you’re in the right place. Here are a few options to keep your home beautiful and safe around the holidays.

1. CHRISTMAS CACTUS

My grandmother had quite the green thumb. When you’d step onto her enclosed back porch, she always displayed her Christmas cactus with pride. For this reason, this poinsettia alternative is first on our list.

A Christmas cactus produces a variety of richly colored blooms. It does best when provided indirect sunlight and will need occasional watering.

Once the plant blooms each year, be sure to repot it so it will return year after year. By providing only a small amount of care, you can have a gorgeous plant around your home.

2. ACHIRA

Achira goes by a variety of names, but they all point back to this gorgeous tropical plant. This is no tiny houseplant. In fact, it can grow to be as tall as eight feet in height.

However, if you have room for it, achira will produce vibrantly colored blooms at the end of its long stems. You can have this beauty in your home and all it requires in return is regular watering sessions and full sunlight.

3. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID

These orchids are so gorgeous, they almost appear artificial. They have large, deep colored green leaves. From them, a skinny stem protrudes and produces colorful blooms that come in shades of white, pink, orange, and even yellow.

If this interests you, it will also please you to know how easy they are to care for. They need a sunny windowsill with bright light and to be watered approximately one time per week. It’s also wise to fertilize and repot these flowers at certain points in their growth cycle. With minimal care, you can have a gorgeous orchid as décor.

4. RED ROSES

This option is so simple that many people overlook it. Poinsettias naturally draw the eye because of their deep red color.

However, by incorporating red roses in a bouquet, you could easily keep the deep red color around your home without the concern for your pets.

5. AMARYLLIS

You might be shaking your head at this option because amaryllis are known for being poisonous. The good news is they’re mainly toxic in their bulbs. However, we still recommend you use your judgement before adding this flower to your home.

If you choose to use your amaryllis as holiday décor, it’s a gorgeous option as it forms bright red blooms. Plus, amaryllis will come back for many years. If cared for properly, there have been reports of some of these plants lasting for 70 years!

6. BROMELIAD

When I moved out on my own as a young adult, bromeliad was my first houseplant. I loved this flower because of how unique it looked.

This is a low-maintenance plant with plenty of color and character. It will need direct sunlight, humidity, and occasional watering. By providing these basic needs, bromeliad could thrive under your care.

7. PEPEROMIA

Peperomia plants aren’t as brightly colored as some of the other options on this list. This would be more for someone who prefers live décor over the winter months and isn’t as concerned with a pop of color.

If you fit into this category, peperomia might be for you. All you must do to keep this plant thriving is provide indirect lighting, warmer temperatures, and water on occasion. If you need a low-maintenance houseplant, don’t overlook peperomia.

8. SWEDISH IVY

Swedish ivy is another charming houseplant that doesn’t display a ton of color. If you need something to brighten a bland corner, consider growing Swedish ivy in a hanging basket.

This plant does require a bright place in your home. Otherwise, it’s pretty forgiving when it comes to soil conditions. If you’re new to growing plants inside your home, consider starting with this style of ivy.

9. AFRICAN VIOLET

African violets are beautiful little plants. However, they are particular. As much as I love them, I can’t grow them around my home because I have cats. Though this plant is non-toxic to most common pets, the blooms don’t like to be wet.

Therefore, your pets can’t be around the plant and lick the leaves out of curiosity. Instead, African violets should be placed in a sunny window where they’ll receive indirect light. They must also be watered from the bottom. If you can create the right growing space, African violets could make a gorgeous addition to your home.

10. BOSTON FERN

Boston ferns are recognized for their lush green foliage. Though they don’t have brightly colored flowers, the entire plant tends to draw the eye of anyone around it.

If you’d like to incorporate this non-toxic plant around your home, be sure to place it where the fern will receive bright indirect light. Too much sun can scorch the plant’s fronds. 

It also needs to be watered when the soil is dry. When looking for a simple but charming house plant, that’s also safe for your pets, don’t overlook the Boston fern.

11. PRAYER PLANT

Prayer plants are unique in appearance as they have oval, deep green leaves. However, the veins in the leaves come in a variety of colors. If you’d like a simple plant with some pizazz, the prayer plant could be for you.

These plants are non-toxic to most pets. They will need to be grown in an area with temperatures around 70- to 80-degrees Fahrenheit and with indirect lighting. These are generally easy-to-care for plants and could be good for the beginner gardener.

12. POLKA DOT PLANT

I bet you can’t guess how this plant got its name. One look at the leaves gives it away. This plant is known for its dark green leaves that are speckled with color. Polka dot plants don’t mind direct sunlight but can handle a moderately lit area as well.

They also need well-draining soil and should be deeply watered to avoid too much or too little moisture. The main thing with polka dot plants is they are safe if your pets are curious and lightly nibble their leaves. However, if they consume too much, it can make your pet sick. Be sure to use your judgement before bringing this plant into your home.

13. SPIDER PLANT

Our final non-toxic houseplant, to use in the place of poinsettias, is the spider plant. It’s a simple option which provides subtle beauty.

If you’d like to introduce a quaint houseplant into your living space, the spider plant doesn’t require much. It needs bright, indirect lighting and should be consistently moist. If you can provide these growing conditions, the spider plant might be a good fit for you.

This concludes our suggestions for non-toxic alternatives for poinsettias. This list puts a smile on my face, and I hope it does for you as well.

It’s hard not to get down in the mouth when you’re standing in the checkout lines around the holidays, see all the gorgeous poinsettias lined up in the stores, and wish you could have one.

However, you can’t out of fear for your pets. Now, you can turn that frown upside down and pick a non-toxic houseplant, from this list, to decorate your home over the holidays or year-round.

Article by Jennifer Poindexter.

Source: 13 Nontoxic Alternatives to Poinsettias – Gardening Channel