Childhood is about creativity, and the more young people encounter new experiences, the better off they’ll be as adults. But on the other hand, every parent fears for a child who gets lost in the options, and simply ambles through life with no direction or purpose. Someone similar to what Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Mamet wrote: “Who does not know the thirty-year-old described by his parents as ‘still searching for himself’? By forty, this person is, by his parents, generally not described at all, for to do so would be either to skirt or to employ the term ‘bum.’” A great life doesn’t happen by
In the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, he tells the story of Paul Revere and the start of the American Revolution. Everyone knows the story – one day a stable boy overheard a British officer telling another soldier that tomorrow there would be “hell to pay”. The boy ran with the news to the home of a silversmith named Paul Revere. It wasn’t the first rumor Revere had heard. He knew the British were up to something, and was aware of the increasing number of British soldiers and land and ships in the harbor. At 10:00pm that night, he decided
Everybody needs a big goal or a project to work on. It may be your job, but in most cases, it’s something else. Some call it a “hobby,” but to me a hobby is more about relaxation than accomplishment. Retirees often die if they don’t have any more goals. Once they start feeling they can’t contribute, then their lives seem over. Your project should be a passion, something you’re good at doing, something you have a concrete plan to complete, and something that could
I’m a big Walt Disney fan. How he converted a small idea like “Mortimer Mouse” into an entertainment empire should be required reading for anyone launching a creative business. But over the years, one of this most famous quotes has always bothered me:
There’s a fascinating documentary on HBO right now called “Everything is Copy.” It’s a film about the life of writer-director Nora Ephron, best known for her work on movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Julie & Julia,” which all explore how men and women relate to each other. She died from leukemia in 2012 at age 71, and the film is
We’ve all heard so much about “passion.” People want to be passionate about their work, so they search for a career or calling they can feel passionate about. However, I’m not a big “passion” person because passion is transitory, temporary, and often shallow. It has too many ups and downs. Passion is great, but it simply won’t get you very far. So what do I recommend?
Whatever you want to be in life – novelist, filmmaker, artist, pastor, leader, whatever – there’s one piece of advice I’d give you: Start acting like it. Too many people spend years waiting for their opportunity, while successful people step out and do it now. Sure you may not have funding in place, school isn’t finished, you haven’t left your day job, or haven’t picked the right project. But I’ve discovered that
If you happen to be creative or have discovered the great purpose for your life, you probably spend time wondering if your work will ever get noticed. It’s such a big issue, that I wrote my book “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” to help people find their purpose and then make it known to the world. Now, a documentary film on the life of photographer Vivian Maier is an incredible story of a remarkably gifted woman who never achieved artistic success in her lifetime, but never gave up her work. As her website states: