Posts Tagged ‘One Big Thing’



How To Find Your Social Media Voice

Finding your authentic voice in social media isn’t that different from traditional media. I had a client once who was a TV host. The problem was, as soon as the red light came on the camera, he became a completely different person. His voice got deeper. His style became bigger. He was more over the top. The problem was – that wasn’t him. Even his high school age daughter would tell him, “Dad, stop using your TV voice.” But many of us do the same thing on social media. We try to Read the full article »

Inspiration Happens, But the Best Ideas Take Time

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 Read the full article »

Been Unemployed a Long Time? You Can Turn It Around

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?   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 »

Samuel Morse’s Telegraph and Discovering Your One Big Thing

Around 1831, Samuel Morse was frustrated. He had given his life to be a painter—even traveled to Paris in pursuit of that dream. As historian David McCullough recounts in his book The Greater Journey, painting had been Morse’s dream since college and he had set his heart on that and that alone. Years before his preacher father, Jedidiah Morse, had counseled him with the advice:   Read the full article »

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

While writing my book “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” I learned that Henry Ford was quite remarkable at many different things. He was an expert watch repairman by age fifteen, later an apprentice machinist, a steam engine operator, and eventually trained in bookkeeping. All of those skills could have landed him a good job and solid career. But the one big thing that he focused his life on was inventing the automobile. Based on that insight, there are two important things I’ve learned from reading about Henry Ford: Read the full article »

Are You an Idea Person or a Make it Happen Person?

Whenever I’m at a Hollywood party I meet plenty of “idea” people. Apparently, some people actually think that’s a job. I’m a big fan of ideas, and I’ve spent my career working in a creative business. But as great and rare as real creativity is, that’s only half of the puzzle. The other part – and it’s just as important – is Read the full article »

It’s Never too Late to Discover Your One Big Thing

The novelist Raymond Chandler was one of America’s greatest mystery writers. His classic stories about Detective Philip Marlowe have been read by millions, and multiple movies have been based on his books. His first novel, 1939’s The Big Sleep, was made into a film starring Humphrey Bogart. He was also a writer for Paramount Pictures, and cowrote the screenplay for James M. Cain’s brilliant novel Double Indemnity. But that all came late in life. In 1932, at forty-four years old, and at the mid-point of the Great Depression, Chandler was fired from his job. He was 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 »

A Checklist for Building Your Platform in 2013

During this transition time into 2013, you have a great time to slow down and re-think what you’re doing to share your message and ideas with the world. If you’re a writer, producer, filmmaker, artist, pastor, business or nonprofit leader, politician, or whatever – take a few minutes right now to think about how you’re connecting with your social media followers, donors, general public, and customers. Here’s a few good places to start: Read the full article »


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