Why You Need an “Elevator Pitch” For Your Life

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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:

Here’s What’s Keeping You From Accomplishing Your Dream Project

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Why aren’t you writing your book, creating your film, starting your business, launching your ministry, or otherwise making your big idea happen? Probably because of what writer Steven Pressfield calls “Resistance” – that urge to do anything other than sit down and do what you actually need to do. I’m working on my next book, and yet every morning I have an almost uncontrollable urge to do something – anything – else: check my email, re-arrange my closet, organize my desk, take a walk, or a million other things. The idea of “Resistance” is far more powerful than we think, and unless we

Why You Need a Project

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Everybody needs a project. 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 a project. 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, and a way to

How to Find Time to Create Your Dream Project

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Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion:

Start Off 2014 Discovering Your Purpose!

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How many friends and co-workers do you have who are struggling with their purpose in life? Maybe you’re having the same struggle.  Well this new year, you can give yourself and your friends a gift that will help you discover your one big thing, and begin living the life you were born to live.  “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” is about

Do Dreams Help Storytellers?

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I don’t know about you, but my dreams have always been explicit, epic, and completely wacky. Just last night I dreamed about a Zombie invasion, where I was forced to go on a difficult journey through Zombie territory to find my father. So with dreams like that, early in my twenties I decided to keep a dream diary. It has some doozies, and I thought these dreams would make good stories. But as you may have discovered with your own dreams, creating

How to Follow Your Dream – Plus Make a Living

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I had an interesting discussion with a friend recently who feels like his One Big Thing is to be a writer. The problem is, he’s not making much (if any) money at it, but he wants to dedicate full time to the pursuit. Granted, he’s working hard at it, but his wife is getting understandably frustrated because she’s carrying the load of a full-time job and raising the kids while he pursues his dream of being a professional writer. How about you? Have you been in a similar situation? In my book One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do, I outline a much deeper strategy for making the transition to getting paid for your dream job, but in the meantime, let me give you a couple of options to start:

Your Dream: Should You Give Up, or Keep Going?

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In my book “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” I tell the stories of people like Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph, and crime novelist Raymond Chandler, two people who discovered their One Big Thing relatively late in life. Morse had been a painter, but when a critical art commission fell through, he started tinkering with what would become the telegraph, which literally

How to Pitch Your Ideas Successfully

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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.   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 important.  So to make you better at presenting your brilliant ideas, here’s 10 important principles to keep in mind:

What’s the One Big Thing You Want to Accomplish in 2013?

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Why do our resolutions almost always fail? We mean well, and we have the best of intentions, but year after year, we just can’t seem to accomplish our goals. Have you ever been to a restaurant with pages and pages of menu items? At first you think all the choices are good, but it doesn’t take long to simply become overwhelmed. Research has even shown that