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eSports IRL: Why 20,000 People Went Wild Watching Gamers Play for $1 Million

Like avid music fans flowing into a stadium for a concert, tens of thousands of video game lovers walked into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this summer for the final leg of the Overwatch League, a global professional eSports league with a top prize of $1 million.

The Overwatch League Grand Finals attracted an astonishing 22,434 people over the two day competition in late July, with countless more watching the first-ever live primetime broadcast of an eSports event on ESPN in addition to live domestic showings on ESPN2, Disney XD and Twitch, as well as other international platforms.

ONE37pm sent sports photographer Anthony Geathers to document this burgeoning world of competitive gaming to give gamers and non-gamers a glimpse inside eSports in real life, including spectators in costumes, players in team jerseys, dapper announcers, musical guests like DJ Khaled and celebratory confetti.
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A sold-out crowd packed the Overwatch League Grand Finals at Barclays Center.
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Philadelphia Fusion teammates battled their way into the finals in New York City. The league’s inaugural season started in January and consisted of 12 teams who played in a pre-season and a 40-match regular season at Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles.
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Spectators from around the world flocked to the final, some dressed as characters from Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s multiplayer first-person shooter video game franchise that spawned this league.
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After the regular season, the league’s 12 teams were narrowed down to six teams for the two-round playoffs ahead of this NYC final. No. 5 seed London Spitfire and No. 6 Philadelphia Fusion ultimately made it to the final match.
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DJ Khaled (pictured), DJ Mick and DJ Envy provided musical entertainment throughout the event to hype up the crowd, which included celebrities such as rocker Jon Bon Jovi and NBA player D’Angelo Russell.
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The big crowds during the first season of the league have proven eSports can be a lucrative spectator sport.
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London Spitfire was the only Europe-based team this season. The 11 other teams were from Asia (Seoul and Shanghai) and North America (Boston, Dallas, Houston, California, Florida, New York, Philly and San Francisco).
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Announcers provided play-by-play commentary of the six-on-six matches.
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Organizers have lofty plans to turn future seasons into a home-and-away format, similar to NBA and NFL seasons, after teams create eSports-friendly venues similar to NYC’s Barclays Center or LA’s Blizzard Arena in their respective cities.
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London Spitfire reigned supreme, defeating Philadelphia Fusion 2-0 to claim the championship trophy and $1 million. Fusion took home the $400,000 runner-up prize.
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“A lot of people wrote us off, but no one on this roster and staff stopped working on getting better and they’ve shown that with this phenomenal playoff run,” Spitfire owner and CEO Jack Etienne said in a statement. “Thank you to our fans that never gave up and supported us, sometimes watching in the middle of the night. The support we’ve had has been overwhelming and we’re thrilled to have rewarded that support.”
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With the inaugural season over now, the teams are preparing their rosters for the 2019 season. This year, the players on every team were signed to one year contracts that guaranteed them a salary, health insurance, financial bonuses based on performance and other perks.

For a deeper look at the finals, watch this “History Captured” video below.

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I Spend All Day Indoors. Are You Serious I Have to Wear Sunscreen?

Of the recent plethora of products being pushed on men as essential to their well-being, there’s no lotion, serum or stick more dogmatically encouraged—besides maybe deodorant—than SPF. Face lotions, sportswear, and, of course, sunscreens themselves are all clamoring to address the new maxim for men and women alike: SPF, every day, no exceptions. But unlike deodorant, or, say, caffeinated under-eye toner, neglecting your SPF regimen can have serious consequences. Brace for the scary facts: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and the most aggressive form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, has seen a 53 percent uptick in cases over the last decade. The average age for a skin cancer diagnosis is 63, but men 49 and under are more likely to develop melanoma than any other form of cancer.

As startling as the statistics might be, it’s tempting to chalk this up to the hippie baby boomers’ literal time in the sun—before sunscreen was as powerful and ubiquitous as it is today-—coming home to roost. There’s some truth to that. And the rise of tanning beds in the late 70s couldn’t have helped them much either. But boomers aren’t the only ones boosting skin cancer rates. During a recent visit with Lauren Boos at BHSkin Dermatology in Glendale, I asked if I—a typical-ass weekend warrior who spends most of his weekday basking in the cold glow of a computer screen—really needed to slather on the SPF every day. She’d heard this one before: “We see a lot of skin cancer patients who say they’ve spent most of their life in an office. But offices have windows. Your car has windows. Then all those minutes walking to and from your car…UV exposure is cumulative, so it all adds up.”

Here I was getting worried about the “base burns” I’d allow myself every late-spring growing up—and, let’s be honest, as recently as this May—to prime my summer tan. To be clear, yes, that is an idiotic tanning strategy, and those bad sunburns can play a devastating role in raising your risk of skin cancer. But they’re only a part of the story. The sun doesn’t care that you’re at your desk. If you’re enjoying a view, you’re probably catching some radiation.

Upon learning this, I meekly pushed back with Boos, “But don’t windows have, like, UV coating?” “Some. But not enough to protect your skin.” Modern windshields contain a layer of protective plastic giving them an SPF of around 50, but the side windows on your car, made of light, tempered glass to protect you in an accident have an SPF of around 16. And according to Boos, “The difference between 15 and 30 SPF is huge. Anything over 50 is just overkill.” But considering the SPF of windows started to feel like a bit of overkill on the skin care fear mongering. Like I was in a dermatologist’s office or something. Honestly, who doesn’t like a little tan? Let the windows have their way with me. Yet it turns out the UV rays that tan you, UVBs, are easily blocked by most windows, so the only thing leaking through are UVAs. No tasty tan, just straight up skin damage. Hell nah.

The good news, though, is that because sun damage is cumulative, the way you start treating your skin now can have a huge impact on where you end up at 63, or 49 for that matter. And for all you office dwellers out there, if you’re not out in the sun all day, you’re likely fine with just one application of 30+ SPF every morning. Thankfully, a wide range of daily moisturizers contain just that, and without the smelly, eye-stinging rigmarole you hated as a kid. It can actually feel downright good. “Look for zinc and titanium oxides on the labels. Those are direct UV blockers without any unnecessary chemicals.” And the UVA rays that sneak through your windows can also wriggle through the woven fibers of your clothing, so look out for SPF ratings there too, especially on activewear you’ll be donning outdoors.

If your long-term safety isn’t enough reason to work SPF into your daily life alongside soap and toothpaste, which don’t even save your life, maybe its anti-aging qualities will do the trick. A study found that people who used SPF 15 or higher on a daily basis displayed 24 percent less skin aging than those who used none. That’s a quarter of your skin’s life right there. Make it count.

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This lightweight, matte-finish moisturizer can go on your face, neck, hands, even your dome if you’re so inclined.

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Harry’s 8-buck block isn’t fancy, but it gets the job done and still manages to look pretty great in your medicine cabinet.

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JHart Breaks Down Writing Lyrics for Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, TLC, Keith Urban & Usher

#BehindTheBangers is a series spotlighting songwriters and producers.

Before JHart became the Grammy-nominated songwriter for chart-topping pop stars that he is today, he once dressed up as serial entrepreneur Richard Branson for his elementary school’s annual career day. He used a marker on his face to mimic Branson’s beard. After that day in fifth grade, JHart mailed Branson a photo of his costume with a short letter, to which the billionaire wrote back, “Nice stubble!”

Two decades later, JHart walked into a New York City coffee shop for an interview with ONE37pm while carrying Branson’s latest autobiography, Finding My Virginity, which details his journey toward exploring space travel by launching Virgin Galactic. Branson has been an inspiration to JHart, born as James Abrahart in 1988, for as long as he can remember. But now, instead of using a marker on his face, he’s using his pen to leave a mark on the music industry with his out-of-this-world lyrical prowess.

ONE37pm sat down with JHart, at a bustling café and later at an intimate studio, to discuss his transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to front-and-center solo artist with his recent debut single “Put It To Bed” and with his “Permanent” collaboration with Kygo, which they performed together on the main stage at this year’s Coachella. He revealed some untold stories about writing songs for Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony, TLC, Usher, Martin Garrix, Keith Urban, Charlie Puth and Little Mix.

Kygo & JHart // “Permanent” (2018)

JHart: “Kygo was doing a songwriting camp in Los Angeles. I was really sick on the day of the session. I was supposed to write with Jonny Price for the first time. I was having a lot of anxiety because not only was I sick, I was doing a first-time write with a big artist. … Kygo and [his manager] Myles Shear were coming in and out of the room. We sat down and wrote the song together. We had to record it that day and I was like, ‘Shit, I’m so sick. I don’t know how I’m going to do this.’ I literally had to blow my nose between each take and drink tea and steam a little bit and repeat. It was gross, but I got through it and it sounds great. Myles came in and listened to the song and said, ‘This is exactly what we’re looking for. This is amazing.’ Jonny and I have gone on to write more songs. We just wrote the Why Don’t We song ‘8 Letters’ that just came out.”

Justin Bieber // “Company” (2015)

JHart: “I didn’t work directly with Bieber in the room. I worked with Poo Bear, who is one of Bieber’s closest collaborators. He’s amazing. It was me, Poo Bear and Norwegian producer Axident. Poo Bear is hilarious. He’s a character. He says, ‘Happy Birthday,’ to everyone he meets randomly even if it’s not your birthday. He says that because he loves to diffuse the tension and he wants people to know of his weirdness. From that point on, they just know. We’re in the room and we’re going through ideas. Axident started playing the beat to ‘Company’ and realized I had already written a song for it and went to the next track. Poo Bear was like, ‘Wait, go back to that. I really like that one.’ I was like, ‘Shit, I had already written a song over this track.’ I was trying to decide if I should say something. Then I thought, ‘If he’s inspired by it, let’s just go for it. I’ll do my best to get the other song out of my head.’ And we ended up writing ‘Company.’ I’m really glad I didn’t say anything. They ended re-producing the track so it sounds completely different, but the original has entirely different lyrics. It was called ‘Spend The Night On You.’ We do love a bed innuendo.”

Camila Cabello // “In The Dark” (2018)

JHart: “I did a songwriting camp with Camila. It was a bizarre day. We wrote at the Sunset Marquis [in West Hollywood]—they have this basement studio underneath the hotel. I think something got mixed up. There was a few of us in the room: me, Madison Love, Camila, Frank Dukes and Simon Wilcox, which is a lot of people for one session. There was supposed to be two rooms, but we ended up together, so we were like, ‘Let’s just have fun and see what happens.’ We started with one idea on piano and it really wasn’t taking off. And then Frank Dukes started playing this other idea and it was the beginning of the track to ‘In The Dark.’ Then Camila had this idea of when you know that someone can’t be who they completely want to be [especially at events like the Grammy Awards]. And that’s how the idea started. We all threw lyrics back and forth in the room. For that many people to be involved, it went pretty seamlessly. Camila is a great writer, to her credit, and she was really active in both songs that I wrote for her [including ‘Something’s Gotta Give’]. It was the same when I wrote for Fifth Harmony, too. Camila was very vocal about having lyrical ideas. She’s very talented.”

Martin Garrix feat. Usher // “Don’t Look Down” (2015)

JHart: “Martin, I just love him. He’s the sweetest guy, just so talented. I wrote the song with Busbee in the studio at his house. Busbee started the progression and we both started spitting out melodies and the lyrics just fell out of the sky. I have a video from the day we wrote that song still on my phone. I sang the demo. I really wanted to stay on it. Then Martin became involved and obviously did this amazing production and he mentioned Usher. I grew up in Atlanta, so it wasn’t even a matter of me swallowing my pride because as soon as I heard Usher, I knew he had to do it. This was the culmination of my Atlanta childhood and dreams. Hearing him on it was really cool. I also heard it was not the easiest vocal for him to record, which made me proud in a weird way because it made me feel like I gave Usher a run for his money.”

TLC // “Way Back” (2017)

JHart: “Fun fact: Tionne [a.k.a. T-Boz] was one of the first people in the music industry I had ever met when I was living in Atlanta. My first manager said, ‘You have to visit Tionne. She lives 10 minutes down the street from you. Go over to her house. Hang out with her. I want her to be a mentor for you.’ This was maybe 2009 or 2010 and I was fresh out of high school and had just started pursuing music. So I went over to her house and she was just the sweetest. Me and her really struck up a friendship. She was my first mentor. She taught me about the music industry and introduced me to people with no attachment or any kickback for herself. I can’t say enough good things about her. She’s still one of my close friends today. When it came time for TLC to work on a new record, I obviously wanted to work on it in a writing camp. I went in with D’Mile, who is an amazing producer. Then Tionne came in the room and helped me tweak the lyrics a little to make it more personal. We stayed up many nights talking about our favorite musicians so it wasn’t hard [to determine which legends to reference in the song]. I knew she loved Michael Jackson. I knew she loved Prince. So it was fairly easy.”

Keith Urban // “Wasted Time” (2016)

JHart: “The Four Lokos line [Sippin’ on the Loko’s, Spark, and Light] was somewhat contentious for me because I wrote it jokingly. I remember drinking Four Lokos in high school and we were writing about the summer after high school. Keith loved that line, but I remember Four Loko getting all of this bad press because people abused them. I was really nervous. I remember emailing Keith and saying this line could be dangerous and he said, ‘It’s brilliant. Let’s keep it in. People are going to love it.’ I played the song to my little sister, who was still in high school at the time and she loved the Four Loko lyric, so I was like, ‘Fine, I guess we did get it right to keep it in there.’’ But I was nervous.”

Charlie Puth // “Dangerously” (2016)

JHart: “I had just broken up with this guy I was with for over a year in a long-distance relationship in London. So he was in London, and I was in Los Angeles. That song just literally poured out in an hour and a half. I was with J.R. Rotem and Eskeerdo. We sat at a piano and J.R. started playing this beautiful thing and me and Eskeerdo started singing lyrics back and forth. It was very accurate to what I was going through and what I felt like at the end of the relationship. I felt so exhausted and had given everything I could have given at that time. After we did the song, we sent it to Mike Caren, who is just the master A&R [artists and repertoire]. He said Charlie would love this so he sent it to Charlie. He loved it and produced it himself and changed a few of the lyrics in the first and second verse. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. He did an amazing job with it.”

Little Mix feat. Stormzy // “Power” (2016)

JHart: “Something was in the air that day. We were fully on one. It felt like we all had four Red Bulls each because we were so full of energy. I have a really good relationship with Little Mix’s A&R duo of Anya Jones and Guy Langley. They did a writing camp in LA for the last album with a bunch of the regular Syco Entertainment collaborators. I had started a relationship with Syco a few years back when I co-wrote ‘Sax’ for Fleur East. They were like, ‘Let’s get Camille Purcell and JHart back in a room to write for Little Mix.’ We started in the kitchen banging on things with spoons and recording it. We were all just laughing and laughing. We went to the studio and wrote ‘Power.’ … The motorbike thing happened because were having wild shouting moments. Camille said she wanted to do something like Nicki Minaj would say: ‘Motorbike, motorbike, motorbike.’ It was such a fun day. On the original demo, they pitched Camille’s voice up, so I can’t listen to that demo without laughing because she sounded like a sassy mouse.”

Fifth Harmony // “I Lied” (2016)

JHart: “It’s basically talking about how in every other relationship in the past, you’ve said ‘I love you’ to someone, but you lied to them because you’re now really in love with someone. You now realize you weren’t in love at all in past relationships. You were just infatuated or some lesser version of love. I wrote it with The Monsters & Strangerz and Eskeerdo. We started the song by ourselves and then we brought it to the girls and finished it together.”

JHart // “Put It To Bed” (2018)

JHart: “I was in a toxic relationship. It wasn’t the most negative relationship. It was a relationship that started out of a very passionate bantering back and forth, which was hot, but it devolved into the passion only happening when we argued. We were both very stubborn. I wrote this song when I was talking to my therapist about not knowing if there was any way to salvage this relationship. We just argued all of the time because it’s what we liked to do. He said, ‘Do you think you’ll ever be able to put this to bed and be in a normal, healthy, functioning relationship?’ And I said, ‘No.’ The song has a little sexual innuendo. Just enough. But it’s also deeper than that. About whether the relationship will survive. It didn’t survive.”

Grind Productivity

Opportunity Waits for No One… Here’s What to Do When Being Impulsive Backfires

Any superhero or Star Wars movie makes it clear: You can’t have the hero without the villain, or the dark without the light. It’s a concept any four-year-old can grasp—good and bad go together.

That’s true for real people too. And yet nobody likes to admit weakness.

Entrepreneurs least of all.

But emerging research reveals that many entrepreneurs are “killing it” with a double-edged sword—the traits that help them succeed (motivation, ambition, urgency) are the same ones that make them vulnerable to mental distress (overwork, self-criticism, frustration) and can hobble their business.

Michael Freeman, M.D., is a psychologist and entrepreneur at UC San Diego. His research suggests that mental health symptoms are not only more common among entrepreneurs but also may be key to their success.  

Still, each trait must be taken as a whole—you can’t simply pick and choose the parts you like. Just like in the movies, you can’t just ignore the bad and hope it goes away, at least not without seriously disturbing the force.

But learning to manage the bad is simple—all it takes is a little pivot.

That’s what this series is about: examining the traits that can be strengths and weaknesses, and offering you the expert-backed tools you need to make those weaknesses work for you and your ambition.

Your guide to improvement starts here.

THE POWER: Opportunity won’t wait, and your take-action attitude means you won’t miss it.

When you’re impulsive, you take decisive action, fast. You don’t overanalyze, you don’t hesitate. You’re a doer, not a thinker—a leaper without much looking.

In school, you wouldn’t stay seated, you talked more than you paid attention, and on your way home you pilfered candy from the drug store.

Now you spend money freely without thinking. You run yellow lights, and jump through subway doors as they close, not wanting to wait for the next train.

You’re impulsive, says Freeman. You act on instinct. Not only do you never hit the brakes—you’re not even equipped with them. That can be a safety risk, but it can also help you win.

“The basic business model of the human species is hunter-gatherer, nomad-forager,” says Freeman. “The benefit of impulsivity is quick reflex. Things happen very fast. They happen so fast that you don’t have time to think about it.

“You hear a rustle in the bushes, and you turn and shoot without thinking. Because of that you get the rabbit, and you’ll be able to feed your family.” On the other hand, if that had been Bob in those bushes, you would have had some explaining to do.

When venture capitalist Robert Siegel and his colleagues looked back at all their successful deals over nearly a decade, they found that one of the attributes that was consistent among all of them was impatience.

“We want somebody with the desire to build something quickly,” says Siegel, an entrepreneurial expert at Stanford School of Business. “In our vernacular, you want somebody who’s a little bit broken but not a lot broken.”

Fact is, only a minority of entrepreneurs succeed; the odds are against them. But they have to be willing to go for it anyway.

“It’s kind of like Han Solo flying through the asteroid field,” says Siegel, “and he looks at C3PO and says ‘Never tell me the odds.’ You want a little bit of that.” And we’re back to movies.

Impulsivity and intuition can look similar—if the decision turns out to be a bad one, we call it impulsive. But if it’s good, we call it intuitive.

Johan Wiklund of Syracuse University has found that impulsive mental disorder is high among people who start businesses. What’s more, he’s argued that by examining impulsivity we may learn more about intuition, even generalizing it to other jobs where high uncertainty reigns, such as firefighters, coaches, and parents.

“Entrepreneurship is a quintessential notion not of ‘what if this goes wrong?’ but ‘what if this goes right?’” Siegel points out.

“The impulsiveness is the ability to see the upside. Sometimes you don’t think things through, but it’s kind of this notion of ‘Yeah, this is going to be great!’”

“They’re the ones who are not paralyzed by indecision,” says Freeman. “They make decisions based on limited information. Someone else might want more time to think about it, but he who hesitates risks losing. So the person who doesn’t hesitate has an advantage.”

Impulsive might border on rude sometimes—but with a payoff. One entrepreneur was out at a cafe and overheard a stranger talking about his startup, Freeman says. The man impulsively walked over and butted into the conversation—and the stranger ended up becoming an investor in his company.   

THE WEAKNESS: Your talk-first-think-later ways can piss people off, and your impatience can mean you skip crucial steps.

When you’re angry or frustrated (it happens), impulsivity can blow up important relationships.

Freeman knows one entrepreneur who snapped at a late supplier. The supplier left him after that, and that relationship was hard to replace.

“Mark Twain said it best,” says entrepreneur Brian Moran, a small-business-owner advisor. “He said: When you’re angry count to 10. When you’re very angry, swear.”

“The best thing you can do,” says Moran, “is go to that person and say ‘I’m sorry. Here’s what was happening when you came to me. You caught me off guard, and I was wrong and I’m sorry.’ That to me is the 21st-century version of leadership in business.”

Impulsivity can have major fallout—just look at Twitter, says Moran. One reckless tweet, and you may be apologizing for the rest of your career.

“As an entrepreneur, you need to understand the ramifications of how much life can change on a dime,” says Moran. “Sometimes the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. But you still have to be completely cognizant of it in business.”

But an impulsive person doesn’t have to be angry to ostracize people. You can also be a chronic interrupter, says Freeman—and people tend not to like that.

And you’re a terrible listener, not great for forming relationships and even worse for heeding smart solutions or crucial warnings.

Moran recalls the time he ignored his business coach’s advice, and incurred large losses as a result.

Now he tries to be more like a friend who prides himself on “being the dumbest person in the room,” says Moran. This friend’s approach to every new project is to pretend he knows nothing about it, to listen to others and build from there.

“That’s what we don’t do,” says Moran. “Entrepreneurs don’t listen. We have an idea in our head and that’s all we see. You have to be open to being wrong sometimes.”

Impulsivity may also lead you to skip important steps. Like the entrepreneur who filled a key company position by hiring the first candidate to walk through the door, Freeman says. Turns out the guy wasn’t the right fit, a costly mistake for a small startup.

THE PIVOT: If you must open your mouth (and of course you do), ask don’t tell—and be inclusive with interruptions.

Step one is to always be aware that your words have an impact on the other person, says Freeman.

So if you’re going to interrupt them, frame your comment in a respectful way.

First, make it a question—say “How did you arrive at that method?” not “Sounds bonkers.”

Or: “That’s an interesting point, do you have an example? Because I wonder if that aspect is scalable.” Don’t say: “That won’t work. Not scalable.”

Asking questions slows down the process, says Freeman. That gives you more opportunity to think and can help the person’s words to sink in.

What’s more, questions are inherently inclusive, so the other person still feels like part of the conversation, and is less likely to think you’re dismissive or rude.  

Besides as Moran points out, entrepreneurs need things repeated. “They’ll get it the second or fifth time around.”

Stave off temptation to skip crucial steps by making a list, suggests Sharon Saline, Psy.D., a psychologist in Massachusetts who specializes in ADHD. Enlist someone else to help you, bounce ideas off that person, and come up with a plan.

Write it down and keep the list somewhere accessible or even visible, Saline says. “For people with ADHD it’s usually helpful to have a visual cue. So that guides you along the path you want to follow.”

And when someone on your team screws up and you’re tempted to fire off an angry email? Try this trick from Moran: Go ahead and write the email (keep the recipient line blank), save the draft, and revisit it in 24 hours. (Bonus points for showing the draft to an outsider to get an objective opinion.) After a good night’s sleep, you’ll likely think better of sending it.

Successful people tie a goal to every action, Moran says. So when you’re taking action—writing an email or sending a tweet—always be thinking about the goal, the desired outcome.

“Ask yourself, ‘If I send this email what is my preferred outcome?’ Do you want this person to leave? Do you want them to send this email out to the entire staff so they can see how heavy handed you were?”

We’ll go ahead and answer that for you: No. No, you don’t.

“Think of yourself as a politician rather than entrepreneur,” Freeman suggests. “The politician is always trying to get votes. The entrepreneur can learn from that, because being an entrepreneur also means getting everyone’s vote.

“If you alienate your constituencies, it’s going to undermine their ability to work on behalf of the company. And you can’t lead unless you have people who are willing to follow.”

Now that’s a plotline with a happy ending.

Culture Music

#Face2FaceTime with Grammy-Winning Duo A Great Big World

#Face2FaceTime is a series in which ONE37pm calls the do-ers, the hustlers and the icons from the worlds of business, culture, music, sports and style. Who should we dial next?

On “Hooray For You,” the penultimate track on A Great Big World’s upcoming third studio album, the Grammy-winning pop duo injects this compelling quote from the 1990 documentary film Paris Is Burning.

“I always had hopes of being a big star. As you get older, you aim a little lower, and I just say you still might make an impression. Everybody wants to leave something behind them, some impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think you left a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark. You don’t have to bend the whole world. I think it’s better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues and enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.”

The all-too-real Dorian Corey quote leads seamlessly into “When I Am King,” the album’s final song that AGBW’s Chad King says is “about the bitter pill to swallow when you’re seeing others’ success and you feel like, ‘What about me?’”

“It’s a very common feeling and it sucks to have those feelings of bitterness, but we were going through it,” bandmate Ian Axel admitted in a #Face2FaceTime interview with ONE37pm. Going through it, in part, meant coming down from the extreme highs they felt during 2013-2015 when the duo’s “Say Something” ballad with Christina Aguilera achieved commercial and critical success, winning the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and steadily reaching six times platinum.

“I’ve got my Grammy on top of a ladder bookshelf in my living room … by a bunch of Harry Potter books,” Axel revealed. “It’s so crazy having it in the house. I see it. I’m afraid to touch it. It intimidates me. I still can’t believe that happened.” King also keeps his award on a bookshelf.

“Hooray For You” and “When I Am King” both come out later this year. So far in 2018, Axel and King, who met as music business students at New York University before graduating together in 2007, have released two singles: the nostalgia-inducing “Younger” and the heartwarming “You.”

In the video above, A Great Big World describes the inspirations behind both songs.

“Younger” gives several nods to the Mario Bros. video game franchise by name-dropping Mario in the lyrics, infusing the song’s intro with classic game noises and turning the single’s music video into an 8-bit style work of art starring the duo as pixelated characters eating the lyrics. “One of the first things I think of about my childhood is all of the video games I played,” Axel said. “I was a big gamer and I still kind of am. I’m trying to balance that part of my life and not go crazy with it.”

The lyrics in “Younger” also reference Maroon 5’s 2002 debut album Songs About Jane. King said that record inspired him to pursue being a musician. After hearing it, he remembered thinking, “I want to do that. I want to do what Adam Levine is doing. The songs are so catchy and beautiful. The songwriting is so great.”

For the duo’s latest single, “You,” Axel drew inspiration from his infant son. He began writing the ode to his baby before his birth and completed it after his wife, Lina, gave birth in 2017. “It’s just the idea of the people who come into your life that you haven’t met yet that are going to rock it and change your life forever,” Axel said with a smile. “Having a kid was one of the most profound things that ever happened to me. It was a love letter to him, before I met him and after I met him. And it became a love letter to my wife as well.”

Another standout yet-to-be-released track from the album is “Save Me From Myself,” which addresses Axel’s ongoing obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“I’ve been dealing with a lot of anxiety issues and OCD my whole life,” he revealed. “I finally wrote about it … for the first time. It felt pretty scary to talk about it. I’ve dealt with OCD with therapy and medication and sleeping. Getting more sleep helps it. Exercising helps it. But being a musician and being a new dad you don’t get a lot of that stuff, so it’s just balancing and focusing on the really amazing things in my life. It’s hard. It’s going to be a lifetime. It’s one of the cards I got. It’s one of the things I’m dealing with.

“I have bad days. I have good days. It’s a ride.”

Watch ONE37pm’s full interview with A Great Big World below, for more sneak peek details about the upcoming self-titled album.

Culture Movies/TV

The Life-Changing Pep Talk That Turned This ‘Flip or Flop’ Star’s Life Around

The wisdom of learning from failure is indisputable. In this “Secrets From People Who Stumbled” column, ONE37pm will catch up with influential figures who have navigated through a rough patch and used the setback to set themselves up for future successes.

Tarek El Moussa got his competitive spirit and strong work ethic from his father. The 37-year-old star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop earned his real estate license at 21 and was selling multimillion-dollar mansions like hotcakes by 22.

But when the housing bubble burst in the late 2000s, El Moussa went broke and had to move from his million dollar home into his parent’s garage. While sleeping next to the family station wagon surrounded by cans of paint, he devised a plan to rebuild his wealth by flipping ramshackle properties. And in 2011, El Moussa sold the idea of a house-flipping series to HGTV. Now in its seventh season, Flip or Flop remains one of the network’s most-watched shows.  

That’s not El Moussa’s only comeback story.

“One of the most prominent setbacks happened to me in 2013, when I found out I had not one but two different cancers,” El Moussa told ONE37pm. “I had just started filming season two of Flip or Flop. I was in an extreme amount of pain for a year. I lost close to 50 pounds, and I was on opiates for the severe pain I dealt with all day, every day. I couldn’t walk right, couldn’t get out of bed and could barely get dressed.”

El Moussa wasn’t made aware of his cancer until a dedicated Flop fan, registered nurse Ryan Reade, called producers to alert them of the lump he noticed during a binge watch of the program in 2013. “I noticed that at certain angles, at certain times, it just caught my eye that Tarek had a lump on his throat,” Reade told TODAY, “and I thought it was something that needed to be brought to his attention.” El Moussa’s health took a toll on his mental and physical well-being, but he said he was determined to not be a victim.

“I told myself to be a fighter, be a winner, be a warrior and do everything I could to fight my way back,” El Moussa recalled. “Self-belief is important to move forward and never quit. One’s mind is a powerful tool. One of my favorite quotes about success is, ‘In order to achieve success, one must visualize the result before taking the action.’”

El Moussa attributes his triumphs to being open about his journey.

“My success came when I shared my story with the world,” he said. “Because of my struggles, I was able to help others. My story went viral and because of that—lives were saved. Many people found out they also had cancer because of the exposure I created about awareness.”

The father of two encourages people to embrace setbacks and think of failure as part of the process.

“It’s impossible to create success without a multitude of failures,” he says. “Every time we fail we learn something new. The ones who never quit regardless of how hard something is are the ones who succeed.

“I would tell my younger self to do exactly what I did, but to be happier and less stressed while doing it.”

Sports Strength

NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee to Introduce New Ranking System

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee teamed up with Google Cloud Professional Services to introduce the new ranking system, NET. The “NCAA Evaluation Tool” will be used to measure where your favorite college hoops team will be ranked throughout the regular season. 

The system was approved by the committee in late July to replace the controversial RPI system. The premise of this new database is to gather key team performance data that focuses on teams’ game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. 

Fans and critics, including high-rolling sports gambling establishments, will be watching out for the impact it will have on college sports. Most importantly, they will be keeping an eye on teams that trade on the power of their name rather than their performance, like the Missouri Tigers who finished fourth in their conference but were able to sneak into this year’s NCAA Tournament as an at-large No. 8 seed without seeing a lot of regular season play from their highly touted freshman sensation, Michael Porter Jr. Porter Jr., who only played in three games, went on to become an NBA lottery pick. Fans argued he did not live up to the hype as an early favorite for National Freshman of the Year. On the other hand, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who went 13-5 in a tough, highly competitive Big Ten conference, were snubbed out of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

The power of “over/under favorites” for certain matchups will be on many bettors’ radar as NET may have the potential to be the main indicator of who you should place your last buck on. 

Has the committee finally corrected an overdue issue, or is NET just another brick shot on a list of disappointing recent changes…

Sports Strength

#TheUnknownHustle: Michael Jordan

The story of how Michael Jordan got cut from Laney High’s varsity basketball team in Wilmington, North Carolina, has been pretty inflated over the years. What’s fact: In 1978, Jordan tried out for the varsity team. The sophomore stood 5’10”, but his good friend Leroy Smith was a steadfast 6’7”. When he checked the list to see if he made the cut, the young athlete’s heart sank. “It was embarrassing,” Jordan admitted in the aftermath.

The baller went home, locked himself in his room, and bawled. What didn’t register—and where the story strays from the one Jordan liked to tell—was that his name appeared on the list posted right next to it. Jordan had made the junior varsity team. He still had a chance, and instead of packing it in, he took it. That defeat added oil to his engine, and propelled him to become one of the greatest players in sport.

“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it,” Jordan told Newsweek. “That usually got me going again.”

Sports Strength

We Sent our Photo Editor to the 2018 NBA Draft, Here’s What She Captured

As senior photo editor of ONE37pm, I attended the 2018 NBA Draft. It was a big night for everyone–including Marvin Bagley, Kevin Knox, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Wendell Carter Jr, Jaren Jackson and Chandler Hutchison (pictured below). 

After their moment of glory on stage, players milled about backstage, celebrating with family members and talking to the media.

Number-one pick DeAndre Ayton was humbled by the evening’s events. “Having my name called to be the first pick for the Phoenix Suns was mind-blowing. Having all that confidence and leading up to that point when I saw Adam Silver came out, I was just waiting for my name, and when he called it, my mind went blank.”

Marvin Bagley
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Kevin Knox
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Deandre Ayton
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Mikal Bridges
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Wendell Carter Jr.
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Chandler Hutchinson
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Leaders Style

#Face2FaceTime with Daniel Patrick

#Face2FaceTime is a series in which ONE37pm calls the do-ers, the hustlers and the icons from the worlds of business, culture, music, sports and style. Who should we dial next?

For our latest edition of #Face2FaceTime we talked to LA streetwear designer Daniel Patrick about how he grew his business from the ground up—and what it takes to stay at the top once every guy in the NBA is wearing your stuff.

Patrick grew up in Australia and, in 2006, gave up an opportunity to play professional rugby in France in order to follow his passion of designing clothes. He moved to America, enrolled in fashion school, and worked jobs in retail and warehousing while ​he built up his knowledge and skills of the industry. In 2011​,​ he ​started his ​own ​brand, producing the majority of his clothing in LA and his sneakers in Italy. The designer cites Instagram as one of the main vehicles for his success.

For more of our interview with Daniel Patrick, visit our YouTube channel.