What Choices Will You Make Today?

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People who achieve great things are people who make choices. Far too many people today let life dictate their future instead of the other way around. Choices are hard – that’s why so few actually make them.  But as the saying goes – not to make a choice is to make a choice. When it comes to choices, Roger Kaplan, writing in the Weekly Standard about what author Albert Camus believed, said:

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

Are Distractions Damaging Your Career?

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Here’s the facts:  A University of California, Irvine study revealed that employees working in open-plan offices (cubicles or around big tables) were interrupted 63% of their time at work. Employees with offices were interrupted 49% of the time. After each interruption, it took 25 minutes for the cubicle employees and 26 minutes for the office employees to get back on track. However, typically, employees turned to 2.26 OTHER tasks before getting back to the original task from which they had been interrupted. Which means,

Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

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In my high school football locker room, our coach had a big sign on the wall: “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” He preached the gospel of not quitting, and it took years before I realized he was full of it. The truth is, there’s plenty of times to quit, and sometimes, quitting is the best thing you can do. We often get caught in bad situations, or organizations that won’t change, or losing teams. In those cases, quitting can often be the

It’s Time to Break Your Email Addiction

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We all have it to some degree, and now, psychologists are actually trying to quantify it and make a broadly addressed behavioral problem. I’m not sure I’d agree with that, but I do think it’s more serious that most people realize, especially when it keeps you from accomplishing significant things with your life. To that end, here’s some principles to think about the next time you sit down at the computer or check your mobile device:

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

Inspiration Happens, But the Best Ideas Take Time

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and life-changing ideas don’t happen overnight. When I wrote my book “One Big Thing:  Discovering What You Were Born to Do” I reminded readers that you shouldn’t get frustrated if you don’t start writing best-selling novels right away, your business doesn’t double in sales, or if your church doesn’t explode to ten thousand members overnight.  American-raised author and journalist Tatiana de Rosnay wrote the novel

Been Unemployed a Long Time? You Can Turn It Around

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It would be an understatement to say that the economy has been in terrible shape the last number of years. Statistically, it would be worse, except for the millions who have simply given up and walked away from full time employment. I have close friends who are brilliant, but haven’t worked in more than two years. I happen to live and work in Hollywood – an economy built on “freelance” talent. But even there, those who haven’t had a job in years are perceived as unemployable.  What’s the answer?  

What’s More Important: Your Salary or Your Purpose?

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In college, I had a friend named Carl, who came to the same film and media classes I attended. We were friends and had the same goals – to work in the entertainment and media business. While we were in college we both had different jobs, and during that time Carl worked in a furniture store. When we graduated, I started packing to pursue my purpose, but Carl got a nice offer from the owner of the furniture store. So he decided he’d