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Who Was Reeva Steenkamp?

Friends, family mourn Oscar Pistorius' dead girlfriend

(Newser) - Most Americans had probably never heard the name Reeva Steenkamp before learning that double-amputee sprinting star Oscar Pistorius had been charged with killing her . But the 29-year-old Steenkamp was a pretty impressive person in her own right; she was a law school grad, a successful model, a future reality TV... More »

Motivational Speaker Zig Ziglar Dead at 86

He was one of the kings of his industry

(Newser) - The man Texas Monthly once dubbed "the nation's most motivated motivational speaker" is dead at age 86. Zig Ziglar, author of more than two dozen books, died in the Dallas suburb of Plano, reports AP . Ziglar rose to national fame with his first book, See You at the ... More »

Bush a Winner as Motivational Speaker

Former president tells crowd he relied on 'the Almighty'

(Newser) - George W. Bush commanded a 15,000-strong crowd at a motivational megashow in Dallas last night, flanked by signs reading "Achieve!" and "Motivate!" but not by the pyrotechnics that greeted other speakers—Secret Service said no. Bush told stories of both "great and not so... More »

Bush as Motivational Speaker? It's Not That Funny

Ex-president's new gig elicits generates mockery, some populist cred

(Newser) - George W. Bush's upcoming gig as a motivational speaker in Fort Worth has wags weighing in:
  • Jason Zengerle, New Republic: A bit "undignified," for sure, but remember that Bill Clinton and others make buckets of cash from speaking gigs. "At least Bush's buckraking is sort of populist.
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Dubya's New Gig: Motivational Guru

George W. Bush headlines Texas 'mega show' with $19 tickets

(Newser) - It sure ain't the G8: George W. Bush, nine months retired, is headlining a motivational speaking "mega show" in Fort Worth next week, which promises "more inspirational firepower than a stick of dynamite!" As the event's screaming website reveals, the former president is appearing alongside Colin... More »

Motivational Speaker, 3 Feet Tall and Rising

(Newser) - Sean Stephenson is 30 years old, 3 feet tall, and can’t walk without help. And that’s why he is a successful motivational speaker, psychologist, and former Bill Clinton staffer, the Chicago Tribune reports. When he broke his leg at age 10—his condition, osteogenesis imperfecta, makes him vulnerable... More »

George W. Bush: Motivational Speaker

The Decider knows how to put a sunny spin on anything!

(Newser) - “There are many things George W. Bush should do after his presidency,” writes Joel Stein of the LA Times, “most of which involve apologizing.” But since that’s not the Decider’s style, Stein has another career suggestion: motivational speaker. No one knows how to look... More »

Living Life While Facing Death

Professor's 'last lecture' inspires millions through viral Internet video

(Newser) - Professor Randy Pausch may be dying of pancreatic cancer, but a video of his “last lecture” continues to inspire millions around the world, the Independent reports. Pausch delivered his speech, titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” to laughter and tears at Carnegie Mellon in September. Picked up... More »

'4-Hour Workweek' a Silicon Valley Siren Song

Marc Andreessen, others lured by call to ignore influx of email and IMs

(Newser) - Tim Ferriss is an ex-kickboxer and tango champ, but he's ensnared the attention of some in Silicon Valley with a simple message: pull the plug. Techies like Netscape founder Marc Andreessen—ironically, an investor in attention-sapping chat service Twitter—have found solace in “The 4-Hour Workweek,” Ferriss’ tome... More »

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