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.

Are You Pursuing Provision at the Expense of Your Purpose?

Most Christians struggle between pursuing purpose vs. pursuing provision. Are you toiling when you should be resting? God gives spiritual and emotional rest to His children (Psalm 127:2). Using a beautiful backdrop in Miami I discuss how to find purpose and provision through God’s peace.

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Thrive on Purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

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.

And A Child Shall Lead Them…

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

If you desire to maximize the potential of your time, talents and ideas, find some people with whom you can cooperatively pursue significant opportunities. Exponential results are awaiting your business!

Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

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

If This Video Describes You, Then It’s Time to re:Purpose Your Career…

If this video describes you, then it’s definitely time for you to register for the re:Purpose Your Career Webinar

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LIVE VIDEO WEBINAR

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24TH @ 8:30 PM ET

re:Purpose means to put your passion in action. It signifies shifting your perspective, your pursuits, and your plan to a path this is more profitable and fulfilling. It requires you to become more purposefully opportunistic, which will propel you to thrive in the midst of your trials. This attitude compels you to be more creative, more resourceful, more clever, and more enterprising than other people are willing to be right now. This mindset also enables you to see diamonds where others only see dirt.

re:Purpose goes beyond just making lemonade out of lemons. It’s applying your creative abilities to the lemonade and then strategically positioning yourself in the marketplace so that you can become the most unique, dynamic and valuable lemonade enterprise that ever existed – in spite of what’s happening in the economy right now!

Here’s four key re:Purpose Principles that will be presented in-depth during the three sessions:

I.   Alignment ~ re:Center Your Purpose

II.  Attitude ~ re:Calibrate Your Focus

II.  Assessment ~ re:Claim Your True Identity

III. Action ~ re:Chart a New Course for Your Career

Are you ready to re:Purpose Your Career? Let’s go! Click the “Register” button below to sign up. For questions, please contact me at info@biznovations.net.

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Get Your Passion in Action TV Fix

“Change the world. Tell your story.”

The first season of Passion in Action TV on Internet Fabulous.TV just wrapped up last Thursday. We had a lot of fun on our shows with some incredible guests. For the next couple for weeks we’ll be on hiatus so we can catch our breath, enhance what we do, and come back better than ever. Click on the links below to check out some of what you might have missed…

For our upcoming season we are looking for leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents who are passionate about what you do and the impact you’re having in the world. If you’re interested in being a guest next season on Passion in Action TV please go to http://tv.paulwilsonjr.com and complete the guest submission form.

We’ll kick off our next season Thursday, August 19 at 5 PM eastern with some great new guests. See you again in few weeks!

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.

Find Work You Love To Do Not Just Work You Can Do

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” ~Arthur C. Benson

In one of my recent posts, RePurpose Your Occupation, I described the difference between vocation (calling) and occupation (job), and how the two don’t align for most people. I believe many people are unhappy in their current job/career because they don’t see the connection between that and doing something they would find more significant and meaningful. People who work on purpose have greater long-term fulfillment and productivity than those who don’t.

This type of transition may seem daunting, especially if you sense that your vocation may be a 180 degree difference than your current occupation. Fortunately it doesn’t always involve an external move. Sometimes it’s an internal shift of your perspective and priorities. You might be able to stay in the same career or company and just what you’re doing or how you’re doing it.

If you are trying to figure how to begin the process to transition from a job to your life calling, here’s a few questions to get you started:

  1. Are you excited to wake up and go to work everyday?
  2. Do you find a deep sense of meaning and fulfillment in the work that you do?
  3. Would you be willing to do your current job at another company or working for yourself?
  4. Are you able to fully engage your talents and abilities in daily work?
  5. Do you foresee yourself doing what you’re doing for the next 20 years and enjoying it?

For those of you who are ready to jump ship and move to more purposeful work today, pause that thought for a second. One to understand is that working with excellence in your job now are creates opportunities for you to work in your vocation in the future.

Have you been able to find an occupation that closely aligns with your purpose? How did you do it? Looking forward to your comments.

Sweet Dreams!
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.

RePurpose Your Occupation to a Vocation

Did you know that job satisfaction in the United States is at a 22-year low? I believe one reason is that too many people have tried to fit their vocation into their occupation. What do I mean by that?

The origin of the word vocation is “spiritual calling” (I would venture to say that most people don’t feel very “spiritual” about their 9 to 5). Your true vocation is linked to your life purpose. Unfortunately, not enough people understand their life purpose or do what’s necessary to transition to a career that reflects it.

With a deeper understanding of the word vocation, recognize that it is much broader than just your occupation. In a perfect world of course your occupation would be your vocation, but for most people that’s not the case. Many in the workforce are frustrated because they have a deep yet unfulfilled desire to do work they believe exemplifies and flows from their life purpose. Unfortunately, they don’t know how to make that a reality.

If you’re looking for a way to transition from your occupation to your vocation, I will provide a few clues in one my next posts.

Have you been able to find an occupation that closely aligns with your purpose? How did you do it? Looking forward to your comments.

Sweet Dreams!
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.

What Does Dreaming B.I.G. Mean to You?

What does Dreaming B.I.G. mean to you?

As I mentioned in a previous post, this month is the one year anniversary of the release of my first book, “Dream B.I.G in 3D!” This past year I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in promoting the book and the message of living out purpose-focused dreams. One of my challenges is getting people to see the difference between dreaming big and dreaming “B.I.G.“, i.e. Bold, Innovative, and God-Inspired.

Dreaming “B.I.G.” means that your are living purposefully, passionately, and prosperously – doing exactly what God created you to do and loving every minute of it. The focus is on increasing the size of your significance (positive influence) instead of focusing on the significance of the size of the things you have. The ultimate outcome of your manifested dream is that you live and leave a powerful legacy that impacts multiple generations. So are you  really dreaming “B.I.G.“?

Special Motivational Dream B.I.G. Message

Sweet Dreams!
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.

One Year Anniversary for Dream B.I.G. in 3D!

Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since the launch of a movement, i.e. the release of my first book, “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life!” Many lives have been positively impacted as they shifted from dreaming to living on purpose.

We had a lot of fun at our 3 “Books & Biscotti” book release events, produced by my incredible publisher Paramind Publications. We had some incredible performers that did an amazing job personifying and amplifying the Dream B.I.G. message. Check out the event videos…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Sweet Dreams!
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.

Real Leaders Never Graduate From Learning

Your community is desperate for real leaders. Are you ready for it?

If you want to be a dynamic leader whose influence continually grows, continue to place yourself in situations where you stretch your thinking, expand your comfort zone, and develop your skills.

Dream B.I.G. in 3D Leaders Symposium is an opportunity for you to gain some powerful inspiration and practical advice from dynamic leaders who are making their dreams come true by taking their influence to the next level.

I have invited some incredible influencers who will provide creative strategies, effective tools, and empowering motivation to help you live and lead in 3D. Featured speakers include:

After leaving this experience, you will be able to…

  • Connect the dots between your purpose, passions, and professional skills!
  • Revive your dreams, goals, and aspirations!
  • Gain clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue your passions!
  • Empowerment to live on purpose!

The time is now to live a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life! Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive the clarity, confidence, courage, and conviction to live passionately and prosperously on purpose. Dream your life, then live your dreams in 3D! Here’s what you’ll get for your dream investment:

  • Special guest panel with Q&A
  • Free Dream B.I.G. in 3D book
  • Free follow-up teleseminar
  • Much, much more!

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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