Why You Need a Big Goal

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 

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Handel’s Messiah and Why it’s Never Too Late for Your Dream

The Story of the Hallelujah Chorus

In his book, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers, Patrick Kavanaugh describes German-born composer George Frideric Handel’s composition of his Messiah. An unpredictable composer at best, Handel spent most of his up-and-down career relentlessly moving from one failure to another. In those days, the bankruptcy option didn’t exist, and by 1741 he was overwhelmed with debt. Without a miracle,

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Professionals Know How To Be Creative on Schedule

One of the big reasons I admire athletes is that they have to perform. In front of stadiums filled with people, they have to be excellent on a schedule. To make that happen, they must  be in a regular program of stretching their abilities. Pushing farther. Going beyond. But for most of us, after high school or college, we actively avoid pushing ourselves. After that last final exam, we quietly vow we’ll never stretch quite that far again.  But you’ll never achieve your best without taking the risk of

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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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It’s Not About Passion, It’s About Hunger

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? 

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What to Do When People Don’t Recognize Your Talent or Potential

If your goal is to make an impact in your career or calling, it won’t be long before you meet someone who doesn’t recognize (or even dismisses) your talent. Early in my career, I worked for a man who thought so many of my ideas were stupid that he fired me. But after I left, I used those same “stupid” ideas to help other organizations do amazing things. But sadly, my experience has been echoed throughout history. For instance:

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Why You Need an “Elevator Pitch” For Your Life

If you work in the entertainment industry you know about “elevator pitches.” Essentially, the idea here in Hollywood is that if you meet a big producer or movie studio executive in an elevator, you should be able to deliver a summary of your movie idea in the time span of an elevator ride, or roughly 1-2 minutes. If that short pitch is done right, the producer or executive will want to know more – and theoretically invite you to a meeting. Now, here’s a better idea:

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