A Few Thoughts on Whitney Houston and the Grammys

Most of the world knows by now that Whitney Houston passed away on Saturday. The outpouring of sympathy and sentiments has been what is expected for who may have been the greatest singer of all time. She was given a wonderful tribute last night at the Grammys. And in countless news stories, interviews, and programs people are expressing shock, dismay, sadness, and a multitude if other feelings.

This is an extremely sad story of a wonderful talent who met with a tragic end to her life. However, the question has to be asked: Why do people seem to respond differently when a superstar dies unexpectedly than when a “regular” person dies unexpectedly?

One reason I believe this mindset exists is because secretly in the hearts of “regular” people lives the same distorted perspective that lives in the heart of many superstars. It’s the human tendency – and for many a conscious choice – to chase the dream vs. The Dream Giver (God).

I can’t say this is what happened to Whitney Houston, but this is what happens to a lot of people in our society. Actually this mindset is nothing new. It was actually addressed by God in Deuteronomy 8 when He admonished the nation of Israel before they entered their promise land. He told them that life was about to get really good. And when it did, they had better not forget the One who made it happen, or else it would cause them to lose everything.

Why is it so important that you don’t pursue your dream at the exclusion of the Dream Giver? When seasons of attention, fame, and stardom pass, and it seems like your dream is now fading from memory instead of flowing into your future, what will you have to hold on to? Whether you are in front of big crowds or not, when the Dream Giver is your focus, you will have the foundation, inspiration, and direction for the next adventure of your life. Transitions don’t have to be tragic, they can be triumphant.

In today’s cult of celebrity, as exhibited by the Grammys and other award shows, people are worshipped for their talent and exploits as much as if not more than God. When that happens, celebrities are ascribed glory that should only be given to God. In Hebrew the word “glory” originally means “weight” or “heaviness.” Humans were not created to carry the weight of God’s glory, only to reflect it. When the weight and pressure of carrying the glory of man-made fame, i.e. having to keep pleasing people or shocking them so you stay relevant in their minds and wallets year after year, people eventually crack under the pressure. They end up doing things they felt was necessary to temporarily or permanently escape the pressure of their lives.

No matter how we have idolized them, superstars – like all of us – are frail human beings who eventually will break down if enough pressure is applied. The list is staggering of those who “died too soon” over the last couple of years (or even the last 40 years) under tragic circumstances that involved drugs and/or alcohol:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Heath Ledger
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Elvis Presley
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Chris Farley
  • Janis Joplin
  • Judy Garland
  • Many more…

And sadly we must now add Whitney Houston to that list. We may never fully know the circumstances of her death, but we have heard by her own admission some of the struggles of the last few years of her life. I pray that we all learn from these individuals and ask God to give us a new mindset for the proper way to appreciate our own and others’ talents, achievements, and accomplishments.

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights. He loves to bless His children with amazing talent that blesses the world. What He doesn’t love is when His children worship the talent – their own or someone else’s – more than they worship Him.

So let me ask you, are you chasing the dream or the Dream Giver?

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

How Will You Change the World?

Today the world is mourning the loss of a giant in the technology industry, Steve Jobs. The innovations he inspired as the CEO of Apple changed the way people listened to music, watched videos, operated cell phones, and utilized computers. His impact reaches far outside the technology industry. His fans and foes alike have praised him with words such as “genius”, “visionary”, “legend”, and “iMortal”. The fingerprints of his legacy will be visible for decades to come (and maybe longer).

You may never get famous, invent an iconic device, or build a spectacular product. Regardless, you still have the opportunity and ability to have a spectacular impact and change somebody’s life with your love, skills, and ideas. Because the truth is when you die God is going to ask you what you did with the time, talents, money, relationships, and other assets that He entrusted to you. How will you answer Him?

What will you do to change the world?

Thrive on purpose!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

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Dying to Live Your Dream

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” ~ John 12:24

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest dreamers of all time, Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s interesting that many of the things he eloquently spoke of in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 didn’t become a reality until long after his assassination. Fortunately the dream didn’t die with the dreamer. That’s because thousands (and maybe millions) took ownership of the dream. Its magnitude and reach actually multiplied after he was gone.

How powerful is your dream? Will it die with you or grow after you’re gone?

Happy New You!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

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This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Get in the “Background”

Sometimes we fight so hard to get to the spotlight, when we really should be fighting to get to the “Background“. Check out the video…

What did you think of the video? How are you fighting to get to the background so God can be out front?

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

G.I.V.E. Yourself Away the Right Way

The person who tries to preserve his life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for me will preserve it.” ~ Matthew 10:39

When we try to live only for our own pleasures, we are in a constant state of chasing after a state of fulfillment that we will never attain. However, when we give up our own pursuits and chase after the things God desires for us, we will find a life full of experiences that we never could have dreamed of.

Mohandas Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Unfortunately, though, people who do this with the wrong perspective, impure motives, or in an unhealthy manner end up damaging their own lives and the lives of those they are supposed to be serving. The foundation of service is love and if a person doesn’t love themselves first, they really don’t have the capacity to love others in a healthy way.

There is a way to serve others without hurting you or them in the process:

God-honoring – God cares more about your motives than your actions. Your desire for personal accolades and His expectation to get the credit don’t mix.

Intentional – Make sure who or what you’re investing your time, talents, and resources into is aligned with your purpose. Be strategic and focused so you and they can get the most out of what you’re doing.

Value-added – The best intentions don’t always relate to the best value. Quality counts over quantity.

Energizing – If you’re not excited by who or what you’re investing into, then either get excited or stop doing it. Otherwise, it’s a waste of your time. You can’t give yourself away begrudingly and expect anything significant to come from it.

The song in the video below is a great reminder of the joy of giving ourselves away the right way. Enjoy!

Live Passionately!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

LIVE a Legacy, LEAVE a Legacy

It’s easy to go home again when your reputation is in tact. But when it’s not, that’s a whole different story.

I was recently invited to speak at a church in Dayton, Ohio, where my family hasn’t lived in almost 30 years. Amazingly, I received a “king’s welcome” when I returned. In the video below I share some of my thoughts as to why this happened…

Check out my Youtube channel for some more motivational videos… www.youtube.com/dreambigin3d

Live B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Mom Loses 2 Babies, Survives Cancer, Moves to Haiti

When I launched Passion in Action TV a few weeks ago, my goal was to highlight people who are impacting others’ lives by living their passion. The following story is a perfect example of two courageous people who have turned their tragedy into triumph and their pain into a passionate pursuit.

The last 4 years have been incredibly tumultuous for Adam and Kara Cole. She survived the rare cancer choriocarcinoma and lost 2 babies, the most recently only a few short months ago. Their response to their recent tragedy was not to crawl in a hole somewhere and marinate in their pain. Instead they decided to move to Haiti to help the post-earthquake recovery effort by investing in people who have experienced their own tragedies. Check out the CNN iReport video…

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One’s life purpose is often discovered in the midst of great suffering. After watching the video and reading the story, it would be hard for me to conjure an acceptable excuse for why someone can’t find purpose in their pain that can be used for someone else’s good.

I hope you’ll get a chance to watch this week’s Passion in Action episode Thursday at 5pm only on www.InternetFabulous.TV where we’ll be highlighting more people who are changing the world one life at a time through their passion.

What do you think about the Coles? Could you do something like this after such a great tragedy?

Thrive on Purpose!
Paul Wilson Jr

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Gain powerful and practical insights from dynamic leaders, catalysts, and influencers who are making theirs and others dreams come true!

Learn more about the Dream B.I.G in 3D Leaders Symposium on June 19, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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A Unique Graduation Gift

Ignite the graduates in your life!

The transition from high school to college and college to career are two of the most significant in a person’s life. Often mixed with anticipation and excitement are questions and concerns about what’s coming next. What’s needed is a roadmap to help them navigate their potential, possibilities, and profession. My book “Dream B.I.G. in 3D!” provides powerful inspiration and practical tools to help those in transition uncover their purpose, align their passions, and develop a successful life plan.

Order your copy today for the graduates in your life. www.DreamBIGin3D.com

Congratulations 2010 Graduates!
Paul Wilson Jr

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Gain powerful and practical insights from dynamic leaders, catalysts, and influencers who are making theirs and others dreams come true!

Learn more about the Dream B.I.G in 3D Leaders Symposium on June 19, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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Elevate Your Life to a Legacy

What are people going to say about you at your funeral? Why not write the script now and then live it out?

Plan your legacy. Live your legacy. Leave your legacy.

What are you actively doing to create your legacy?

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Powerful insights and practical tools for the unemployed, underemployed, and misemployed…

3hrive 3.0 happens Saturday, May 22nd. Click here for more info.

Tell The World Your ”Passion in Action” Story


Are you ready to put your passion in action?

I am extremely excited to announce my new internet TV show, Passion In Action, will launch next Thursday, May 6th at 5pm on InternetFabulous TV (www.internetfabulous.tv). The mission of Passion in Action is to equip leaders, change agents, entrepreneurs, and everyday people to pursue their passions purposefully and profitably.

As great as that sounds, Passion in Action will be nothing without you. This show is a platform for leaders, change agents, entrepreneurs, and everyday people to tell their story of how putting their passion in action has impacted their own and others’ lives. We will promote people, businesses, organizations, stories, and events that serve to empower, educate, enrich, enhance, and equip people to live better. And what’s great about technology is that you don’t have to be with me in the studio. You can easily be on the show from just about anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in being a guest on Passion in Action, go to www.paulwilsonjr.com/Thrive/TV.html and complete the form so that you can tell your story to the world and inspire others to put their passion in action.

There’s no such thing as perfect conditions. It’s time to get your dreams in motion by putting your passion in action!

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Powerful insights and practical tools for the unemployed, underemployed, and misemployed…

3hrive 3.0 happens Saturday, May 22nd. Click here for more info.