How To Know It’s Time To Drop Your Idea And Move On

I’ve written about resilience, and how important it is not give up on your ideas, your projects, and your dreams – even in the face of opposition. I used my friend Producer Ken Wales as an example of someone who pitched a movie idea for years and years and eventually made it happen. But the truth is, there are situations when it’s actually better to let go of an idea and move on – even if you’ve spent years developing and writing it. The problem is –

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The Power of a Great Tagline

What Missionaries Can Teach Us About Marketing

While reading the book “131 Christians Everyone Should Know” by the editors of Christian History magazine, legendary missionary William Carey reminded me of the power of a creative tagline. Carey, who many consider the father of the missionary movement organized a missionary society in 1792 and launched an evangelistic meeting with the line:

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How to Pitch Your Ideas Successfully

The Key to Making Your Dream Happen

How can you make your dream their dream?  It’s a great question if you’re a creative person. In many ways, the ability to present or “pitch” your ideas is one of the most important things you can learn in business – or life. Whether you’re trying to produce a movie, publish a book, get a raise, launch a business, find donors, or whatever, your ability to inspire others to your way of thinking is critical. So to make you better at presenting your brilliant ideas, here’s 10 important principles to keep in mind:

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This Christmas: Not Everything That Interrupts Us Is A Distraction

You know who you are:  you’re running around, stressed out, worried about gifts, frantic, and overwhelmed. We actually get a bit angry and snap at anyone who interrupts our list of things to do before Christmas.  But I saw a Twitter post yesterday that brought me back to reality:  “2016 was the worst,” declares an alive human using a mobile device on WiFi while eating food and drinking clean water in warm house.”  Yes, distractions are frustrating for us productive types. We live in the most distracted age in the history of the world. If you’ve read this blog for very long, you know the stats – we’re checking our email incessantly, focused on social media, always driven by the fear that we might just be missing something. In fact, in my experience over the last decade, most people don’t fail because they’re not qualified, don’t work hard enough, or are incompetent. Today, most people fail simply because

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What to Do When People Reject Your Ideas

If you’re a creative person, at some point you’ll find a boss, investor, studio, or colleague who rejects your ideas. Sometimes it will happen so often you’ll start to question your own ability, and wonder if you’re really creative at all. In these moments (which will definitely come) my advice is:

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Culture Watch: Reality is Increasingly Being Confused with Fiction

We live in such a media-driven culture, that it’s growing more and more difficult to distinguish real life from our favorite characters in books, movies, and television programs. There’s growing evidence that younger viewers in particular have difficulty understanding the difference. A good example is a recent psychological study by Andrew Butler where

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Clutter is Killing Your Creativity

I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  We don’t have to be minimalists – I love being surrounded by my favorite things – but far too often we let piles of paper, stacks of books, or other “stuff” become

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Leading Creative People

Should I Micromanage?

How difficult is it to lead creative people? Put it this way – it’s the #1 question I’m asked at conferences and leadership events. My friend Daryl Allen, a producer at Leading the Way Ministries in Atlanta, sent me this quote that puts it all in perspective. It’s from Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation, and author of the book “Creativity, Inc.”. Ed’s quote really explains the delicate balance of leading versus micromanaging:

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