Idea Incubators Change the World!

What do you do with the ideas that come to your mind? Do you discard them or do you develop them? Do you dismiss them as random thoughts or pursue them to see how far they could go?

One common link between people who have had a significant impact on the world is they took simple concepts and then enhanced and expanded them. Whether in technology, law, civil rights, media, education, sports, and many other areas, world changers are idea incubators.

Idea incubators take simple ideas and then nurture, develop, enhance, and expand them into incredible realities that have a profound impact on people, communities, and nations. They don’t just conceive great ideas, they execute them!

Ideas are plentiful, but idea incubators are not. You will never maximize your potential and fulfill your purpose if you don’t learn to develop the ideas that you receive.

Don’t die with dormant ideas inside you. If you have been unsuccessful transforming your ideas into reality, why not join me at the Dream B.I.G. in 3D Live! Workshop on Saturday, April 17 in Marietta, GA? I will help you become an effective idea incubator who can have a positive influence on everyone connected to you. You’ve got nothing to lose. Click here to learn more.

I want to hear about what’s stopping you from doing your dreams. Click here for a short poll. Thanks!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Workshop! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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6 BIG Dream Lessons from Cinderella Man

A couple nights ago I watched Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe for the first time (yeah, I know it came out 5 years ago). Especially considering the economic times that we currently live in, it was a truly empowering story of resilience, perseverance, courage, humility, and dignity in the face of overwhelming personal and financial challenges.

If you don’t already know, this movie was based on the true story of boxer James J. Braddock during the Great Depression. After injuries and age derailed a successful boxing career, prompting the boxing commission to revoke his license, he and his family fell on really hard times. With work hard to come by, he had to go on public assistance and almost lost his house and family. After two years out of the sport, a lucky break allowed him to get back into boxing on a one-fight deal, and he eventually ascended all the way to become  a most unlikely heavyweight champion of world. Joe Louis, one of the greatest boxers of all time, said Braddock was “the most courageous fighter I ever fought.

Here are 6 BIG Dream lessons that I gleaned from the movie…

  1. Your ultimate purpose is bigger than an individual goal – Fighting for a world championship is great. Fighting for your family is greater. His ultimate dream was to give his wife and three children a great life.
  2. Turn what’s broken into your benefit – Breaking his right hand allowed his left hand to get stronger so that when he made his comeback, he was a more complete boxer who could punch hard with both hands.
  3. Always remember what you’re fighting for – One of the best lines in the movie came when a reporter asked Braddock before the world championship fight what was his motivation for fighting. Braddock’s simple but profound answer was, “Milk.” The simple things in life can often be our biggest motivators.
  4. Stick to what you know best – He approached his profession seriously and was extremely confident – not cocky – in his skills. He worked hard to be the best and never quit. In all his fights he was never knocked out.
  5. Use where you come from to push you where you’re going – During his successful comeback, he always remembered what it was like to have nothing. He stayed humble throughout his ascension, because he realized how close he had come to losing everything and how easily he could fall back into that place.
  6. Stay focused on your family – No matter how difficult your life gets, never lose focus on the ones who are closest to you.

Don’t allow your challenges to cancel your dreams. If you want help turning your tragedy into triumph, join me at the Dream B.I.G. in 3D Live! Workshop on Saturday, April 17 in Marietta, GA. Click here to learn more.

What did you think about these points? How have you been able to overcome your challenges to pursue your dreams?

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Workshop! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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My Free “Tweet Dreams!” e-Book Coming Soon…

I am super excited to announce that my first e-book, “Tweet Dreams! Volume 1“, will be available very very soon. This free e-book is a compilation of 365 of my original quotes that I posted on Twitter over the past year. I call these “thirvespirations“, because I am passionate about informing, igniting, invigorating, infusing people with insights and inspiration to thrive to their B.I.G. dreams. And social media technology, such as Twitter, has enable me to be able to reach more people in exponential ways.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until the e-book comes out to get my daily motivations. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to get a daily dose of my “thrivespirations“. Just click on the links below…

I look forward to getting your feedback on how this e-book have helped push you closer to fulfilling your B.I.G. dreams.

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Experience! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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Faith Fuels the Fight for Your Dreams!

“Fight the good fight of faith…” ~ 1 Timothy 6:12

Faith is essential to achieving your dreams. Faith doesn’t grow on it’s own. It grows when it’s challenged. The greatest challenge to your faith is fear. You must learn how to fight your fears with faith. Here are a few faith concepts to get you swinging in the right direction…

  • Faith gives life to the invisible, impossible, and improbable.
  • Faith transforms the ‘could happen‘ into the ‘did happen‘.
  • Faith changes your possibilities into realities.
  • Faith empowers you to find a way or make a way.
  • Faith propels your pursuits, but fear paralyzes your passion.
  • Faith ignites your imagination, but fear immobilizes your initiative.
  • Faith causes you to fight, but fear causes you to falter.
  • Faith frees your mind to focus on fantastic feats instead of futility and failure.

The best source of faith is from God. He has given each of us a measure of faith. Therefore, we’ve already been equipped with what we need to overcome every fear.

Never back down to your fears. Keep fighting for your dreams with your faith!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Experience! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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Bricks, Wall, or Cathedral?

Seeing all the destruction of crumbled buildings in Haiti over the past week has many people asking the question, how do you rebuild the infrastructure?” A more important question is how do you rebuild a life?that seemingly is nothing but a pile rubble. For a building it’s a somewhat simple process to clear away broken concrete and twisted metal and start the construction process. It’s a lot more complicated to clear away an individual’s or nation’s mental and emotional debris and start again.

Here’s an interesting story…

A traveller comes upon three stonemasons. He asks each in turn: ‘What are you doing?’ The first answers, without hesitation, ‘I am cutting this stone.’ The second, who appears to be doing the identical job makes a gesture with his hand and says; ‘I am completing the wall.’ The third, again seems to be doing the same job slowly raises his eyes to the sky and says; ‘I am building a cathedral.’

When I think about various cathedrals around the world, I am impacted by their architectural beauty, ingenious design, amazing longevity, and spiritual significance. How does this relate to your life? A “cathedral life” is one that is faith-filled, flourishing, fruitful, fun, and fulfilled. Every life – no matter how broken, twisted, or flawed – has the potential to be a cathedral, even yours.

Your everyday experiences – good and bad – are like the bricks of your cathedral. Every brick has a purpose. As mundane or difficult or painful as they may seem, accumulated they serve a significant purpose in the grand scheme of your life.

Don’t get discouraged thinking that you’re just laying bricks. You’re building something spectacular!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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After the Dream… Now What?

As we reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one question his legacy asks that demands an answer from all of us is “Now what?” It’s not enough to dream and then do nothing. It’s not enough to pray, but never put your faith to work. It’s not enough to talk about your ideas, but never do anything that makes a difference in someone’s life.

About a year ago I wrote a post, What’s Next?, challenging people to “be the change” not just celebrate it. I asked some challenging questions that are still relevant one year later.

  • What are you specific short and long-term life plans?
  • What cause(s) are you so passionate about that you’re willing to be inconvenienced to see change happen?
  • How will you leverage your influence to impact this and the next generation?
  • What changes are you going to implement that will have a positive impact on your circle of influence?
  • Who are you going to reach out to that you were reluctant to before?
  • When are you going to move forward in those areas where you’ve been holding back?
  • How are you going to maximize your talents, resources, and opportunities to make a difference?

If you’re not going to do anything with your dream you might as well stop dreaming. Dream you life, then live your dreams in 3D!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Stop Flirting with Your Dreams!

One of my favorite sports in high school was flirting. Yes, you read correctly – flirting. I say this, because it was all a big game that everybody played. Fortunately, it was fun, mostly harmless, puppy love child’s play.

flirt1While that kind of behavior was ok back then, once I got older I realized it was time to put away childish things. What was innocent flirting in high school took on a whole different tone and meaning once I became an adult. Flirting now had greater expectations and consequences attached to it. I had to be much more careful and flirt “at my own risk.”

How does this relate to your dreams? Some people are content to only flirt with their dreams because they are unwilling to make the  physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual investments that are necessary to pursue and accomplish big dreams.

What does flirting with a dream look like?

  • Talk about dreams and aspirations randomly but not all the time
  • All talk but no action or follow through
  • Action is inconsistent or half-hearted
  • Start down a path, but when things become harder than expected they turn their attention to something else
  • Always looking for the easy way out
  • Easily distracted and always chasing the next big thing
  • Not willing to take risks
  • Only do the easy stuff related to accomplishing their dreams (which is very little)
  • Not willing to sacrifice anything significant to see their dreams come true
  • Actions don’t always line up with words, i.e. they make false promises to self and others
  • Don’t take dreams seriously; life’s just a big game
  • Little sense of commitment or accountability
  • Always making excuses or blaming others when things don’t work out

flirt2Does any of this sound familiar to you as it relates to flirt-only, surface-level relationships? How about as it relates to pursuing and accomplishing one’s dreams? This type of behavior is similar to relationships when people flirt with one another for long periods of time without eventually making a commitment, because they are unwilling to devote themselves to a meaningful, significant, and accountable partnership.

Some of the reasons why people do this in relationships are the same as why they do it with their dreams:

  • Significant relationships require transparency, vulnerability, and interdependency.
  • Some think it’s safer not to take any risks.
  • Some flirt with several options because they just want to test things out.
  • Serious relationships require all of your body, mind, will, and emotions.

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

This well-known quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson applies to relationships and dreams. “Perpetual Flirters” don’t realize they will never be able to experience the joy and depth of love if they never take a risk of being with someone that could cause them a depth of pain. Likewise, you will never be able to experience the depth of joy and fulfillment from accomplishing your dreams if you never embrace the risk of experiencing deep disappointment and discouragement that may happen if you don’t accomplish your dreams.

Stop flirting with your dreams! Take the plunge. Jump in head over heels. Pursue it with all your heart and don’t hold anything back. Commit to staying the course, especially when it gets hard – because it inevitably will. It will be well worth the risk no matter what happens!

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

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Be the Dream… Be the Change!

A few days ago I was coming down the stairs very early in the morning. It was pitch black except for this strange green glow over in the corner. Initially I didn’t know what it was, but I then realized it was a little green light coming from my Blackberry that was plugged into the wall. As I got closer to it I was thinking, “That light is really bright.” I turned the lights on and walked closer to the phone. At that point the light didn’t seem so bright.

It made me think that a light is really bright when everything around it is completely dark. However, it doesn’t seem so bright when the lights are on. So what does that say about how and where we apply our lives? If we only hang around other “lights” (those with ideas, talents, and resources to make a difference), then our light isn’t having much of an impact. However, if we spend our time in areas and situations of darkness our light can shine very brightly.

The question is do you look for opportunities to shine in complete darkness, so that everyone around you would see your light and be drawn to and influenced by you? With the stock market, to get the greatest return on your investment, you are supposed to “buy high and sell low”. Likewise, you will reap the greatest return on your life investments – time, talents, and resources – when you invest in other people who may be at the lowest point of their lives.

Martin Luther King, probably the individual whom the word dream is most ascribed to, made a powerful statement, when he said:martin-barack-crop

“The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only with his soul but also his body, not only his spiritual well-being but also his material well-being. A religion that professes a concern for the souls of men and is not equally concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a dry-as-dust religion.”

King’s dream wasn’t just about racial reconciliation. It was about love in action (what really is love absent from action?). President Obama’s vision for America is not just about a superficial “change” that doesn’t require you to participate or do anything different. His vision is for everyone together to shoulder the responsibility and accountability for “remaking America.” That means you and I getting involved in other people’s lives.

The hurting, hopeless, disregarded, and disenfranchised – especially our youth – need an investment of your time, talents, resources, ideas, and energy. They need to experience our dreams in action. They need the opportunity to work side by side with us. They need to learn from our mistakes. They need to see up close our successes and failures. They need intelligent solutions not just complaining and rehashing of old problems. They may need a pat on the back or a kick in the aspirations, but they still need us.

In essence, they need to experience love in action. That’s the true fulfillment of King’s dream.

Don’t wait for someone else to start the change. You can be the change catalyst in your family, church, community, city, nation, and world. I encourage you today to be the light in someone else’s darkness (Matthew 5:14-16).

Thrive on Purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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What’s Next?

Now that the “change” President is in office, the real question is what’s next for you? One can so easily get swept up in all the hoopla that surrounds Barack Obama and the hope that he’s going to somehow transform our country. The fact is he can’t do it alone. Each of us has a significant role to play to see our country, economy, and generation transformed for the better. Although the inauguration is over, the work is just beginning. So, here are a few questions for you to ponder:

  • What are you specific short and long-term life plans?
  • What cause(s) are you so passionate about that you’re willing to be inconvenienced to see change happen?
  • How will you leverage your influence to impact this and the next generation?
  • What changes are you going to implement that will have a positive impact on your circle of influence?
  • Who are you going to reach out to that you were reluctant to before?
  • When are you going to move forward in those areas where you’ve been holding back?
  • How are you going to maximize your talents, resources, and opportunities to make a difference?

Don’t miss your opportunity to seize this momentum in history to do something bigger, better, and bolder with you life.

Thrive on Purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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