Your Purpose as a Writer

The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

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The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

It’s hard to imagine that the only person standing in the way of our success in life is ourselves. That’s just too much responsibility! Even harder to imagine that we might actually get something out of avoiding what we most want to do in life. Is it possible? What We Get in Return for Ignoring […]

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The One Thing Successful People Do that Sets Them Apart

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The One Thing Successful People Do that Sets Them Apart

Have you ever seen someone behave as if they really wanted something? My dog is really good at it. If she wants a bone, you know it. She’ll do all the tricks she’s learned, one after the other, in the hopes of acquiring her prize. Sit down, lay down, play dead, sit up, shake hands, […]

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Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

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Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

I got a chance to re-watch a few scenes from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “Unbreakable” awhile back. I’ve always liked the film, but this time I realized what a great illustration it is of someone desperate to find his purpose in the world—in this case, the antagonist, Elijah, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Plot Summary […]

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“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

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“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

Hollywood isn’t known for its multi-layered box-office smashes. They don’t often make millions with metaphorical masterpieces. The general word is that Americans don’t like them. They like their stories nice and neat, simple and straightforward, properly wrapped up and sealed at the end. Apparently, that’s why many of them scored the recent release The Grey […]

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Go Within, Young Man

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on June 3, 2011 0 Comments • views: 407
Go Within, Young Man

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I’m going to admit something here: I’ve never read Letters to a Young Poet by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’ve heard of it, of course, but never read it. Maybe my teachers were negligent in school. Maybe for whatever reason it just hasn’t hit my reading radar. It […]

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Suicide of the Self

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on May 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 439
Suicide of the Self

When I was growing up, I loved to listen to Barry Manilow. Call me square. I probably was. One of my favorites was one of Barry’s greatest hits, “Copacabana.” It was the beat that first attracted me, but as I grew older, the story came to life in my imagination, and I found myself wondering […]

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We All Want to be Seen

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on April 18, 2011 0 Comments • views: 589
We All Want to be Seen

Actor Kiefer Sutherland has a new, innovative series showing on Hulu called “The Confession.” Airing in five-minute episodes, it tells the story of an assassin who corners a priest in the confession booth for an in-depth conversation about the nature of good and evil. The assassin wants to understand faith, and the priest doesn’t have […]

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Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on March 2, 2011 0 Comments • views: 444
Should You Grab Hold of that One Great Idea?

In April 1950, Einstein’s article, “On the Generalized Theory of Gravitation” was published in Scientific American. In it, he wrote: “Once a theoretical idea has been acquired, one does well to hold fast to it until it leads to an untenable conclusion.” Ideas can be fleeting things—especially if they arise from the inner voice. What […]

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5 Clues You May Be Living Someone Else’s Life

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on February 11, 2011 0 Comments • views: 537
5 Clues You May Be Living Someone Else’s Life

Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple Computer) said in his commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” This is what listening to your own inner voice is all about—living your own life. But how do you know if that’s what you’re doing, […]

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Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Your Purpose as a Writer by on December 18, 2010 0 Comments • views: 477
Our Voices May Be Quiet, but Never Silent

I learned something today at my haircut appointment: the stylists who are successful may or not be good at cutting your hair. What they are good at is making people feel good. And that’s no accident. It’s a calling. Take my stylist, Melissa. Her initial education was in the medical field. Raised in California, she […]

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