You Can Ask the Universe

This is a great 1 minute clip of Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management.  Here’s the full video if you have 26 minutes.  Well worth your time.

Jim Carrey is a classic story of the incredible power of thinking big and dreaming big.

Fear is going to be a factor in your life, but you can control how big of a role it takes.

“So many of us choose our lives out of fear disguised as practicality.  What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe.   I’m saying, I’m the proof… that you can ask the universe for it.”

“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t think that was possible for him – so he made a conservative choice to be an accountant.  And when the company he worked for let him go, we struggled to survive.  I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

Figure out what is worth your time.

The purpose of his life was to free people from the concerns of their lives.

How will you serve the world?

What does the world need that your talent can provide?



You Don’t Have To Find Out You’re Dying… To Start Living

For those of you who have not heard Zach Sobiech’s story – take 22 minutes to see this mini-documentary.

It’s incredibly inspiring and moving.

Zach passed away last year on May 20, 2013, but his story lives on.

There’s a lot of things to take away from this video, but the primary message for me was:

“Start living.”

Don’t wait until something horrible happens when you start to realize that you have limited time on this earth.

There is no guarantee of tomorrow regardless of your health, wealth, family, education, etc.

You’ve got to live life to the fullest.

Whatever you’ve been waiting to do, start doing it.

What are your dreams?

What are your passions?

What are your goals?

What can you start today to move closer to your dreams?


Do What Makes You Great

Take 20 minutes and listen to this speech.  It was incredibly insightful and full of some great nuggets of truth.

Here are some good quotes from Charlie Day’s commencement speech:

  • I don’t think you should just do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great.
  • Do what’s uncomfortable and scary and hard but pays off in the long run…Let yourself fail. Fail and pick yourself up and fail again. Without that struggle, what is your success anyway?
  • Don’t wait for your break, make your break.
  • Having a Plan B muddies up your Plan A.
  • Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from making you great.

How often do we let fear stop us from making us great?

Are you willing to do what it takes to be great, or are you just settling for being “happy?”

In the long run, if you don’t strive for greatness you will end up settling.



Be Intentional


Imagine your life 20 years from now.

What is it that you think you’ll wish you would have done?

Whatever that is, it’s probably something that you’ve thought about doing before.

So what’s stopping you?

I think we tend to over-think and over-analyze to the point of inaction.

We do an internal cost-benefit analysis, but it comes to nothing, because it’s safer just to say – “I’ve thought about it, and I don’t think it will work.”

But what if it did work?

Or more likely, who really knows?  You certainly won’t until you try.

Live life with intentionality.

Successful people don’t just stumble across their dreams, they intentionally pursue them.

So what is your dream?

Are you pursuing it right now?

Don’t be one to regret 20+ years from now that you didn’t live your life to the fullest.