When half of college graduates can’t find jobs, and those of us who do have jobs can barely pay the bills, the system is clearly broken. The solution is to shift to a new way of thinking about work and wealth. You need to make a mental shift. The government can’t save you. The only one who can save you is you—by generating multiple streams of income (earned, passive, and portfolio) so that the money you make is not directly connected to the time you spend.
When I was invited to turn one of my novels into a movie, I researched tips on writing screenplays. Business books require 250 to 300 pages, but a two-hour movie is captured in a 110-page script, sometimes shorter. What takes a novelist several pages to tell, a movie can show in a second—as visuals replace words.
You’ve got smarts, skills, and potential. Still, you need to make a big impression and project credibility fast or risk being overlooked or rejected. Today your credentials may get you in the door. Yet to succeed, you’ve got to look credible when it matters most: in face-to-face interactions.
If you want people to listen, tell a story. People are hungry for good stories! Call it the Theory of the Campfire (or Water Cooler)—people love stories. We are attracted to good stories and drawn to good books and movies.
It’s Monday morning, and your agenda is full of meetings, projects and catch-up from the week past. You awake with shaking chills and muscle pains. When you swallow, your saliva feels like gasoline fueling a rip roaring fire in your throat. You have too much to complete at your office, staying home is just not an option—or is it?
People who meditate can switch off parts of the brain associated with anxiety, schizophrenia, ADD, hyperactivity disorder, and other problems. Meditation has many benefits—greater peace, less anxiety, clearer thinking, and more energy.
To address my own weight problem, I spent years studying the biology of fat-burning versus fat-storing based on research conducted at The Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health. I then discovered out how to recognize when the foods I ate were signaling my body to produce insulin—resulting in storing fat, not burning it off.
As a self-made multi-millionaire who created myself from nothing by starting and growing three companies, my ambition now is to help people to live better, both in their professional and personal lives, by overcoming fear and doubt.
The relationship crisis is widely felt, as it imperils home, work, politics and faith. Families disintegrate. Friendships diminish. Communities collapse. Businesses lose trust and customers. Employees lose commitment, as they feel disposable. Stridency and hostility curdle political and religious discourse.
Since we live in a society that floods us with unattainable expectations, finding the courage, compassion and connection to move from What will people think? to I am enough, is not easy. However afraid we are of change, we must ask, What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think—or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?
The difference between the great and the mediocre is that the great are willing to do what the mediocre won’t. The world is filled with talented people who will never fulfill their destiny because they lack consistency or focus. Rising above the crowd entails doing little things that make huge differences.
My childhood difficulty with reading prompted me to embrace the spoken word early—a passion that led to create a new stage for listening. With my experience in theater as an actress and playwright, I found unique expression as an essayist and founder of Listen-well.org, offering spoken-word memoirs.