In the book “Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits,” writers Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore what makes thrill seekers get such a rush from being out on the edge. “Brain imaging studies,” they write “have found that risk seeking behavior is preceded by activity in the region of the brain associated with the anticipation of pleasurable experiences like sex, drug taking, and monetary gain.” In other words,
We all have one. “I don’t have enough funding.” Or “I’m not good enough.” Or “My spouse doesn’t support me.” Or “I don’t have enough time.” There are millions of excuses that keep us from accomplishing that one big thing we’re destined to do with our lives. My excuse is that I
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
When I was a kid in the 60’s, success for my father was a Cadillac. He was the pastor of a local church in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I’ll never forget his dream of one day owning a “Caddie.” For my friend’s parents, it might be a golf club membership, summer home, or regular vacations to Florida, but in so many cases, an “object” represented that generation’s “arrival.” Today, it’s vastly different. Not only do I have more opportunities than my parents, but I’m far better travelled, and been exposed to so much more. As a result, “arrival” for me isn’t a thing, it’s a state of mind. For today’s generation, success is about
Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker, authors of “What’s Your Story? Storytelling to Move Markets, Audiences, People, and Brands” made a remarkable statement: “Lose the audience, and it really doesn’t matter how great your story is.” In a cluttered and distracted world, it doesn’t matter how great your idea is—because if no one’s listening, you’ve failed.
It doesn’t matter that you have a brilliant strategy to solve your company’s problems, because no one has the time to look at it or hear your plan.
It doesn’t matter than you’re producing the next Hollywood blockbuster, because you can’t get
After a great interview on “The Cycle” on MSNBC some time ago, I was reminded that years into a career, it’s way too easy to get caught up in office politics, paying the bills, and the daily grind. In fact, we often forget the reason we decided on a career in the first place, and that’s a big part of the reason we bounce around from job to job. Chances are, you had a dream back at the start, and the question is – was that vision ever accomplished? Are you actually on the road to the destination you set out to achieve? In my experience, the vast majority of people I know who fail, do it because of two reasons:
Recently, Kathleen and I visited the Huntington Library, Gardens, and Art Collection in Pasadena. Founded by Henry and Arabella Huntington, their mansion was transformed in a museum after their death in 1927. Among other outstanding collections, it has an incredible hall of British portraits. As I walked through the galleries of the political, artistic, social, and military leaders featured in the portraits, I saw serious “intention” in their faces. They lived their lives strategically and with purpose. They didn’t leave much to chance when it came to ambition and career goals. As I studied the paintings of military generals, writers and artists, business and government leaders, I wondered about the place of ambition in my own life. What would have happened had I