Author: Brian

The Success Formula, Part 1: Finding Your Calling

Whether you’re seeking personal, professional, or business success, the formula for success is one and the same. To achieve success, you must first figure out what you really want (aka your purpose/calling in life), and then zealously pursue that purpose or calling with everything you’ve got. It’s that straightforward. However, most people fail to find success because they’re unsure of what it is they want. This is where a person’s personality becomes a game changer. Those who are outgoing, curious, and adventurous will tend to figure out for themselves what it is they want much sooner than those who lack such traits. If you’re naturally outgoing,...

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Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Oftentimes, in our pursuit of our ambitions, we voluntarily neglect our own happiness. I know I’m certainly guilty of this. It’s just too easy to ignore the spiritual, emotional, or physical needs of our body when there’s a goal to reach. However, it’s important to keep even our ambitions in perspective of the overall fact that each of us has one life to live. The following video is of an incredibly inspiring lecture from Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University. Entitled “The Last Lecture” because Prof. Pausch had...

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PepTalk from Kid President

“The world needs you to stop being boring […] We were made to be awesome!” -Kid President Being an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone with ambitions and a desire to make a differance can be hard. Changing anything is often harder done than said. So, from time to time you’ll find yourself in need of a pep talk to pick yourself back up, and continue that good struggle. A pep is what the doctor ordered, and the following video does just that. Enjoy....

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Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Address

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Steve Jobs used those four words above to close out his commencement address to the Stanford class of 2005, and he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting and perfect phrase for the occasion. Speaking to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford, Jobs implored the recent graduates not to get comfortable after graduation. Rather, they should “stay hungry” in order to commit themselves to the risks that may one day lead them to incredible success. I can’t elaborate much more on this speech from the man, himself, without doing some injustice to this inspiring speech. Watch the video....

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Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

For those trying to drive employee performance, this is a fantastic video shedding light on why traditional rewards sometimes isn’t driving performance the way we would expect them to. Humans are complex creatures, and there are many factors at play in motivating an individual. Among these factors include an individual’s need for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Dan Pink elaborates more on these often overlooked factors in the video...

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