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Russell Simmons, author and hip-hop/fashion mogul  

How do you maintain a sense of calm under pressure?
“Early in my career, I believed that the stress I was feeling—and the worrying and the insomnia—was part of being successful. Yet, the minute I started making a conscious effort to let go of those things, I became more productive. Relieving the anxiety in your life is essential to being a good businessperson. If that’s gone, the mind is calm, and from a calm mind comes creativity. Every morning when I wake up and every evening before I go to bed, I sit still for 20 minutes and let my thoughts settle. Those moments of stillness are where my greatest ideas come from—every creative thought, every innovative business plan. If you can eliminate the outside noise, you’ll find that the answers are inside you.”

The co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and founder of Phat Fashions recently released his fourth book, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple.

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