Posts Tagged ‘calling’



Get Your Career Unstuck in the Entertainment Industry

If you’re working on a career in the media or entertainment industry, but feel like you’ve hit a wall, I can relate.  In nearly 3 decades working in Los Angeles, I’ve seen plenty of people zoom to the top, and others crash to the bottom.  I’m not an “expert,” I’m an “observer,” so after all these years watching, here’s 3 things that just might help you make the leap: Read the full article »

Artists and Creatives: Should You Quit Your Day Job?

Most creative people dream of the day they can quit their day job and focus on their real passion. Writers want to write, painters paint, designers design, filmmakers make movies – all full time without having to work somewhere else to pay the bills. You have no idea how often I’ve dreamed of having the financial resources just to write books. But my banker and mortgage company don’t agree. They want me to keep doing my day job as well. But then, I started seeing plenty of evidence that Read the full article »

Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

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 Read the full article »

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

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 Read the full article »

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

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 Read the full article »

Washington Post Names “One Big Thing” to Top 5 Business Books of 2012

The Washington Post newspaper has named One Big Thing to it’s list of top five business books of 2012.  This is on the heels of being named to the top 10 business books in Austria.  It’s great when the business community sees the impact of a book that helps people discover their purpose.  Have you discovered yours?  Order your copy today of the book, audio book, or digital download, and in 2013 turn around your career and your life!   Read the full article »

Stop Looking for a Job

If you’re a frustrated job hunter – or know someone who is – then forward this column I wrote recently for Fox News.  It’s titled:  Stop Looking for a Job and Start Looking for Your One Big Thing.  From the response it’s getting, it’s changing a lot of people’s thinking about how to position themselves for the next stage in their career.

 

Your Great Idea Doesn’t Matter Until You Can Discover Your One Big Thing

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 Read the full article »

“One Big Thing” on MSNBC

I had the opportunity to discuss my new book “One Big Thing:  Discovering What You Were Born to Do” on a new MSNBC show called “The Cycle.”  Great questions, and a terrific set of hosts.  Here’s a video clip of the interview.  The question is – just like these hosts did, how could you apply this conversation to your life and career?

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Don’t Change the World – Change Yourself

One of the things I’ve learned at Sundance this past week is that people are screening films that cost millions, and others screen films that cost hundreds. We watched a full length feature film yesterday that cost $1,500 to produce – it happened because of the time and commitment of a very creative and driven team. The point isn’t the budget. The point is that if you have talent, drive, and commitment, anything could happen. In my work with religious organizations and non-profits, I find they have plenty of vision, but they haven’t created the kind of creative, innovative culture that can make that vision happen. Too many people want to change the world, and not enough want to
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