Let’s Make 2014 The Year of Execution

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If the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare has taught us anything, it’s that execution matters. No matter how noble your idea, if you can’t make it happen, then it doesn’t matter. So much in 2013 was poorly executed, so I want us to focus this new year on the art of “execution.” Writing in the Wall Street Journal recently, Joseph Epstein talked about the “Good Intentions Paving Company.” You’ll remember the famous saying:

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There’s a Big Difference Between “Opinions” and “Ideas”

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The world turns on the power of ideas, and yet the social media world seems very often to revolve around shallow opinions. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and others encourage a 24/7 barrage of opinions on every subject imaginable. In my book “Jolt” I reveal that the

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How to Sell Your Ideas

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Everyone has ideas, but only a few get those ideas made. The truth is, “idea people” are important, but sometimes it seems like they’re a dime a dozen.  That’s why it’s the “execution people” that interest me. Moving your book, movie, business, or whatever idea to the production and funding stage is a challenge. Here’s some ideas to help  make that happen:

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The Secret to Finding Creative Liberty

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We celebrate our national independence on July 4th, but there’s another freedom we should consider as well – creative freedom. The problem is, creative freedom, like our national freedom comes with a price. I’m currently reading a book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.” It’s a fascinating look at how successful creative people design rituals and plan their day to maximize their productivity.  Reading the book, you realize pretty quickly that

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Do You Realize How Much Competition Your Idea Faces?

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You may have the greatest idea in the world for a book, movie, business, or nonprofit. But when writing my book “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media,” I discovered that today, living in the most cluttered culture in history, you also have to consider how to cut through all the competition and get noticed. Want to publish a book? In 2011,

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Ideas Are Powerful, but Stories Are Ideas in Action

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A few years ago, I hosted a 10-year anniversary event for a European nonprofit satellite TV network. The formal event was held in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Before the dinner, we were taken on a tour of the presidential museum, of Ronald and Nancy’s private quarters and even were given a tour of Air Force One, majestically enshrined in its own wing of the museum.  As we walked through the exhibits—particularly the areas chronicling President Reagan’s role in the fall of the Soviet Union—I was captivated by a powerful inscription on the wall of the exhibit. It was a quote from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin:

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Want Better Ideas? Write Them Down!

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How many times has a brilliant thought struck, but before you could make a note you lost it? Ideas are the most fragile things in the world, and if you don’t write them down, they’ll be lost forever. I’ve met people who have literally made millions of dollars off ideas that—had they not written them down—would have been forgotten about completely. Once you’ve heard one of those stories, you’ll

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